Holiday cottage, Arundel, West Sussex
All you need for a peaceful break!
"A perfect location. This property offers comfort and a super outlook. Well located for both relaxing or touring."
"We enjoyed our holiday in Arundel very much. The Sale Lift is in a great location. We found the stairs a little difficult particularly when going down and perhaps other less able people would have great difficulty with them. We discovered on Saturday night that we had no TV signal but this was repaired on Monday. There are DVDs available so it wasn't a big inconvenience. "
very nice place too take a break just to get away from it all
"great setting on the river, outstandingly clean the owner was friendly and helpful upon our arrival, planning to stay there again when I need a short break. it was so very relaxing to sit outside in the evening with a coffee listening to the river slip by, great little town surrounded by some really nice old shops"
Overlooking the river, the Boathouse, and with the imposing Arundel Castle directly opposite, The Sail Loft enjoys one of the most enviable positions in Arundel. This delightful conversion is ideal for people looking to enjoy a few days in this most beautiful of historic towns.
The Sail Loft could not be more central, with a direct outlook onto the River Arun from its small patio terrace, making a fantastic place to watch the world go by following a busy day taking in all the sights in this glorious holiday area. The centre of the town, with its coffee shops, bars and restaurants is just a short stroll across the bridge. Immediately beside the ‘loft’ a footpath follows the course of the river upstream towards the picturesque villages of Wepham and Burpham, and offering beautiful views of the Castle, the Arun Valley and north towards the South Downs. The famous outdoor Arundel Lido is right next door, so although we cannot advertise the Sail Loft with a swimming pool, one is not far away!
You enter The Sail Loft through the rear courtyard garden area with the outdoor seating a perfect place for an evening tipple. The ground floor living area is a wonderfully calm space with double patio doors which enable the light to flood in. There is a comfortable sofa and also a day bed which is available as a single bed for an additional guest, there is a television with Freeview channels in this room . The kitchen area leads on from here and has sufficient equipment for a typical ‘town holiday break’, with a two ring hob and a microwave oven and a small dining table. Since the Sail Loft is so wonderfully central we feel most guests will choose to dine locally in the town. The bathroom is also on the ground floor with a shower, WC and basin available.
The principal double bedroom is accessed by a staircase from the kitchen and is the pièce de résistance of the cottage. With its own comfortable seating area, television and access to a stunning balcony which gives an uninterrupted outlook on the river life as well as views of Arundel Cathedral and Castle. The velux roof windows maximise the light and the wooden flooring is original, and very much preserved to retain the character of the building.
There is a public car park just a few minutes walk away that is free overnight, and there is easy on street parking near to the bridge.
Arundel is a historic market town dominated by the symbolic castle, and the rising spire of the cathedral. It offers a plethora of craft and antique shops, as well as restaurants and tearooms. It’s a great place to wander and just enjoy its hospitality.
Arundel Castle is the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk, and is set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens. The castle has been seasonally open to visitors for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England, and is home to priceless works of art in stunning rooms. Climbing the 131 steps to the Keep, which dates from the 11th century to take in the views over Arundel and The South Downs, is definitely worth the effort.
Beyond the castle grounds Arundel Park extends north towards the Downs offering many fine walks. A two mile walk to the top affords fantastic downland views and south to the coast.
The River Arun winds its way around the town and is a magnet for wildlife. With more than 60 acres of ponds, lakes and reed beds, Arundel Wetland Trust attracts some of the worlds most spectacular ducks, geese and swans. The best way to enjoy the river is on a river cruise stopping off at the Black Rabbit pub, or proceeding further north where the river hugs the scarp wooded slope at the foot of the Downs before reaching Amberley.
Further afield Arundel is well placed for the coast. Climping Beach and Littlehampton’s West Beach are only a short drive away. This is a beautiful unspoilt length of beach of Special Scientific Interest, and at the eastern end beside the mouth of the River Arun is the West Beach Café built by local craftsmen using materials sourced locally. It is worth a visit, the fish and chips come highly recommended!
Goodwood and Fontwell racecourses are nearby, along with the cathedral city of Chichester with its excellent Festival Theatre, noted for not only the quality of its productions but also the fact many world premieres are featured as well.
If you fancy a day in the city, Arundel mainline station is on a direct route to London, so why not mix the cosmopolitan capital with this beautiful part of Sussex?
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