Selsey, West Sussex | Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Parking: Yes (Street) | Pet friendly: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes
From £395 per night (3 nights minimum stay)
Just add friends, long walks on the beach, fresh Selsey crab bought straight off the boat, and sundowners overlooking the sea, to create your perfect seaside holiday.
1 x kingsize bedroom with ensuite shower room and French doors opening onto a beach side deck. Wardrobe, shelves and vanity unit
1 x kingsize bedroom with French doors opening onto a beachside deck, double wardrobe, shelves and chest of drawers
1 x kingsize bedroom with zip and link beds, with Crittal door leading onto a rear garden deck. Single wardrobe, shelves & dressing table.
Large shared wet room (with disabled access).
1 x self-contained annexe, within the house, that is perfect for elderly relatives or perhaps anyone with a baby – consisting of a king-sized bedroom with ensuite shower room, double wardrobe and chest of drawers, plus own sitting room with kitchenette, and French doors that open to a beachside wooden deck.
Open plan kitchen, sitting and dining areas that make the most of the stunning views. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with Lacanche range cooker, dishwashers, Dualit toaster, fridge, freezer and drinks fridge, and well-stocked pantry. A woodburner keeps the sitting area cosy on blustery days.
There are balconies on the beach side, and a ‘G&T’ balcony on the garden side (to watch the sunset). At the rear of the sitting room is a library area with hidden door to:-
Bathroom with floor to ceiling window looking out to sea, and roll-top bath.
The multiple decks around Crab Cottage are furnished with coffee tables and bistro-style tables and chairs. There is a lovely, sheltered alfresco dining area in the back garden, complete with teak table, chairs and an umbrella, perfect for enjoying the late afternoon sunshine. The property is surrounded by elegant fencing; leave the garden and cross private East Beach Road, to find the ‘Beach Garden’, complete with festoon lighting, charcoal BBQ and a chimera – perfect for an evening drink overlooking the beach, or a BBQ.
At the rear of the house is a studio which also a utility area, available to guests (including washing machine, tumble dryer, and sink)
Children: are welcome at Crab Cottage. One of the bedrooms can be made up as a twin room, on request. Please note that the deck is 1m up from ground level, and although it is surrounded by grasses, isn’t fenced, so young children would need to be supervised.
Pantry items: the larder is fully stocked; please just replace anything you use, like for like.
Pets: A maximum of two well behaved pets are welcome at Crab Cottage; but not on the beds, please. Covers/throws will be provided to protect the sofas if guests are bringing pets.
Parking: There is ample parking for 3-4 cars, just outside the gates and entrance to the property.
Other: Crab Cottage is fully accessible thanks to an extra wide front door, ramp to the entrance, and internal lift (please note that the lift is to be used for disabled access only). There is also a fully accessible wet room to the ground floor.
Beach towels and blankets are available for guests to use, and a heated outside shower for rinsing off the salt water after a swim!
The town is rich in history and wildlife, and it is still possible to witness the fishermen bringing in the catch – including the famous Selsey Crab. Many of the fisherman also man the lifeboats in the working Lifeboat Station. Selsey is surrounded by miles of beaches.
With easy access to Chichester, Goodwood, Arundel, the South Downs National Park, and all of the many beaches along the south coast from Wittering to Brighton, Selsey is a wonderful destination.
Things to do
You can’t visit Selsey and miss seeing the fishermen bringing in the day’s catch – and buying your own Selsey crab, lobster, and prawns fresh off the boat. Head to the Lifeboat Station, which is open every day, to explore more of the sea-faring past of this area. Stunning Pagham Harbour, and the Medmerry Nature Reserve, both nearby, are both teaming with sea & wetland birds.
Just inland, there are miles of glorious walks and cycle trails to be found around the South Downs National Park – not least the famous South Downs Way which stretches all the way from Winchester to Eastbourne, taking in the most stunning coastal vistas and rolling countryside. The cathedral City of Chichester offers some fascinating Roman history, and a vibrant cultural scene thanks to modern art galleries such as Pallant House, and the Chichester Festival Theatre. Arundel has a castle, complete with the wonderful Collector Earl’s Garden, Lido, museum, and some great independent shops.
Browse the Gallery
Food & Drink
The Boulevard in Selsey has a more relaxed, fun, family-friendly vibe and offers everything from all-day breakfasts to delicious sundaes! The Crown & Anchor at Dell Quay (right on Chichester Harbour) has a great outdoor terrace where you can watch the comings and goings on the water. While inland, country pubs are plentiful; The Fox Goes Free just outside Chichester, or The Lamb Inn, on the way to Wittering are favourites, but there are lots to choose from.
For fine dining, book a table at Farmer, Butcher, Chef on the Goodwood Estate, where all of the produce for the kitchen is sourced from their own Home Farm, or try the exquisite, seasonal menu, and equally understated but stylish décor, at The Parson’s Table, in Arundel.
Would’t want to see in the new decade anywhere else!
An amazing place to stay. Penny and her attention to detail and all those small treats and provisionswere greatly appreciated. The place was amazing, clean. The place for me had a lot of warmth and love. The pictures don’t do it justice, I will definitely be returning back
Penny is super friendly and amiable. What a great spot!
Immaculate. Well insulated, so very warm and comfortable (we were there in January, and it was really cold out). Decent wifi, well-equipped kitchen and a great shower. Location is just by the beach. I’m sure we would have been able to hear the waves, but it was flat calm. The sunrise is spectacular.