West Chiltington, West Sussex | Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 5 | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes
From £280 – £480 per night (3 night minimum stay)
Seven Vines is a wonderful family holiday home with a fascinating history. It was built by Reginald Wells, an architect who also counts pottery, aviation, and aircraft design & manufacture among his accomplishments. Wells houses are unique to the village of West Chiltington – and this one still retains all of the original features including unusual curved fireplaces, exposed beams, and beautiful original joinery.
The house is named for its location in the heart of Sussex’s burgeoning wine area – there are an incredible seven vineyards within seven miles of the house. Sitting in large gardens and approached by a gravel driveway with space for parking and turning – your guests will certainly know that they have arrived somewhere special! Beautifully proportioned for extended families or groups of friends, there are generous living spaces downstairs, five bedrooms on the first floor, and even an attic ‘den’ complete with Xbox and large smart TV.
The country kitchen alone has plenty of space to perch at the island, lounge in the window seat, or warm up after a walk by the AGA, and is classic Shaker painted in cool neutral tones. Reginald Wells’ design means that all of the spaces are bright and flooded with natural light.
There are great garden spaces too; enjoy a morning cup of coffee in the sun at the front of the house, and a sociable BBQ in the garden behind.
Add the brilliant location, with vineyards, nature reserve, pretty Sussex villages and rolling countryside on your doorstep, and Seven Vines offers everything you need for memorable Sussex stay.
Sitting Room Triple aspect room so very light and sunny. Open fireplace. Large smart TV.
Dining Room / Orangery
Family Room with woodburner and Bluetooth speaker
Kitchen / Breakfast Room with large island and bi-fold doors to the outdoor terrace & BBQ area.
Downstairs Cloakroom & Utility Room
Books & games are provided for rainy days.
Master Bedroom: King sized bed
Bedroom 2: Zip & Link Beds (twin or kingsized)
Bedroom 3: Double bed
Bedroom 4: Zip & Link Beds (Twin or Superking) – with views over the garden
Bedroom 5 / Study: with sofa bed – useful for work or zoom calls.
Bathroom 1: with shower & bath, basin, loo
Bathroom 2: with shower & bath, basin, loo
the Second Floor
TV Loft room with Smart TV and library of DVDs
Extensive landscaped gardens with huge sandstone terrace. Double garage complete with table tennis table.
Children: Children are very welcome at Seven Vines. A cot and high chair can be provided on request.
Pantry items / Welcome Hamper: Pantry items such as tea, coffee, spices are cooking oil are provided. Welcome hamper includes local wine, ale and honey.
Pets: One well behaved dog is welcome, subject to a dog fee of £50 per stay. Dog towels and a hose for washing off muddy paws is available at the front of the house. The garden is completely enclosed. No dogs on furniture or upstairs, please.
Parking: There is plenty of parking on the gravelled drive at the front.
Maximum guests: The house is best suited to 8 people plus one infant. If you would like to make use of the 5th bedroom and use sofa bed and make this up to 10, this can be arranged with prior agreement. Please note the sofa bed is only small.
Pulborough is also within easy reach and the mainline station there connects to London Victoria, Gatwick, and also to Brighton and the South Coast. Trains to London take approximately 90 minutes.
The coast is almost as accessible as the countryside; Worthing is the nearest beach, about 30 minutes drive, with Littlehampton and Brighton only slightly further afield.
The pretty towns of Petworth and Arundel have lots to see and do, and are both about 20 minutes away.
Things to do
There are numerous circular walks that set off from the house, or rent an e-bike from Southern E-bike Rentals in Amberley (they will even deliver). For active types, there are plenty of other sporting activities on offer, too. The West Sussex Golf Club has a stunning course with the South Downs as a backdrop. Southwater Watersports in Southwater Country Park offers canoeing, kayaking, SUP and dinghy sailing on the lake. Kayaking and hire are available in Pulborough, where you can explore the river Arun. The Cowdray Estate offers fly-fishing (and tuition) on the River Rother.
If shopping, cafés and sight-seeing are more your kind of pace, then the nearby towns of Arundel and Petworth, are easily worth a day’s visit each. Petworth boasts the stunning National Trust Petworth House, numerous art galleries & places to eat, as well as an antique shop for every day of the year (or so the story goes….). Arundel offers Arundel Castle with the stunning Earl’s Collectors Garden in its grounds, as well as independent shops and riverside cafés. The many attractions of the Goodwood Estate are in easy reach, as are beautiful, quiet unspoilt beaches at Climping and Ferring.
Food and Drink
Nearby Pulborough has a farm shop, fantastic butcher with homemade pies, and an excellent wine merchant, Hennings. Petworth has some wonderful delis – the Hungry Guest offers its own range of ready meals, sauces and other local produce, and don’t miss the ‘Cheese Room’, which is walk-in, temperature controlled.
Arundel also has some great independent restaurants – The Parson’s Table is run by a husband a wife team, cooking modern European food in pared-back, simple surroundings. La Campania offers traditional Italian fine dining, and delicious pizzas. Head to Worthing for fun sea-view dining at the Beach House.