The Bolthole on Pagham Beach

Pagham Beach, West Sussex | Sleeps 8 (+2) | Bedrooms 4 | Parking: Yes | Wifi: Yes

From £345 per night (2 night minimum stay)


This utterly unique property is a place to breathe, relax, and take in the most incredible of views – The Bolthole is so close to the sea that it all-but dips its toe in the water. Situated in the heart of the peaceful Pagham Harbour RSPB nature reserve, The Bolthole is wonderfully reminiscent of a bygone era, not only its setting but also in its construction. It is based around a Victorian railway carriage, so you will be able to sleep ‘first class’ in some of the four bedrooms, under the original bowed carriage ceilings.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that this is just a quaint seaside relic – this individual property has been brought bang up to date with über cool dark grey panelling, funky industrial lighting, and modern styling (check out the pineapple wall sconces!). In fact it is in every way a combination of bygone and modern – a local fisherman on the beach who can offer daily specials, but a well-equipped modern kitchen in which to cook them. Superfast Wi-Fi means you can make the most of Netflix, but you may well prefer to just light the incredible firepit on the beach, relax with a glass of wine, and enjoy the sunset.


Kitchen: Breakfast bar with comfy sofa seating, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, oven and gas hob, dualit toaster and kettle, Nespresso machine and Aeroccino milk frother.

Living Room: Modular sofa for four people, several armchairs, Roberts radio, amazon fire stick, Tv with Netflix and Alexa music speaker

Conservatory dining room: Large dining table for up to 8, overlooking the sea.

Bedroom 1: Old railway carriage room with double bed, bedside tables and chest of drawers

En-suite off Bedroom 1: Large shower, loo and basin

Bedroom 2: Old railway carriage room with double bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers and cot bed for infant.

Bedroom 3: Old railway carriage with two single beds, bedside table, chest of drawers, chair.

AAnBedroom 4: Double bed, bedside table and lamp.

En-suite off bedroom 4: Large shower, loo and sink

Family bathroom: Also in the original railway carriage, complete with bath, shower over bath, loo and sink. All towels are provided.

Pantry items: Olive Oil, salt, pepper, tea bags

Welcome pack items: Pack of butter, pint of milk, small loaf of bread and six eggs. Marshmallows for toasting and fire wood for fire pit.

Parking: Plenty of private parking for 3 cars, 4 if they are small. Outdoor plug for electric cars.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The Bolthole has an array of children’s books, high chairs, travel cot, cot bed, wigwam, life jackets, wetsuits plus the host can point you in the right direction if you fancy taking them crabbing.

Outside: In the back garden, there is a large sunken trampoline plus a table tennis table. Out the front, you have a firepit with 6 chairs right on the beach. On the decking, facing the sea you have a table with chairs for 8 people plus deckchairs. There is also a comfortable sofa area.

Shepherd’s Hut: A new addition: Double bed which folds up to dining space, kitchenette with double hob, fridge, microwave, kettle, ensuite shower, electric towel rain. An additional £85 per night. Simply add on at check out. 

Dogs: Dogs aren’t normally allowed but small well-behaved dogs may be allowed after a discussion with the owner.


The Bolthole is located right on Pagham beach with stunning views out to the sea. It is in a cluster of unique dwellings in a traditional seaside town with Pagham nature reserve on your doorstop. The area is very quiet yet you are only 15 mins from the beautiful Cathedral city of Chichester.

The Bolthole is around 1.5 hours from London by car and the closest train station is Chichester, 8 miles away.

Gatwick airport is just over an hour away.

Things to do

Food & drink Runcton Farm is great for fresh produce and pick your own in summer. The Mr and Mrs Smith approved Crab and Lobster is perfect for a delicious lunch or a cosy dinner yet only a 40 minute walk around Pagham Harbour. Smass Fry for fish and Chips. Dell Quay Crown and Anchor for inlet views, Friday live music and outdoor kitchen in summer months. Pagham itself has four great pubs for good pub food such as The Lamb Inn if you don’t want to go far at all. Goodwood’s Farmer, Butcher, Chef restaurant is brilliant for sustainable fare and Tinwood is recommended for tours and tasting local wines. Try and grab the local fisherman on the beach for the catch of the day and dressed crab.

To do Goodwood Estate is just up the road with its two golf courses, world class horseracing and famous events; The Revival and The Festival of Speed. The Chichester Festival Hall and Pallant House can be found in the beautiful Cathedral city of Chichester. The sandy beach of West Wittering is nearby and Bosham and Itchenor sailing clubs are just down the road.


We had such a wonderful break to ease us into the new year. We stayed at The Bolthole, the most amazing view and such a well designed and charming house. Loved the touches like being left marshmallows and a toasting fork for using with the fire pit, something we really enjoyed doing. Zoe at C&C has been an absolute dream to deal with too, as was the homeowner. Very highly recommend.

We had a fabulous stay at The Bolthole last weekend. The property was ideal for our 2 families and we look forward to returning during the Summer sometime to take advantage of the long summer evenings and fabulous location on the beach. Our children loved the trampoline and table tennis table. The beds were so comfy and we loved the style and furnishings throughout.

This house is fabulous, right on the beach so in a great position with a great view, but it is inside that the house shines. Beautifully decorated to a really high standard and ‘Quirky’ train carriage bedrooms. Beds are so comfy and the furnishing are exquisite, someone knows the best sheets to buy. A really great find. Forgive the bumpy road it’s situated on and come to this outstanding property. We loved it. Thanks for the nice welcome and outstanding hospitality…

A great spot right on the beach. We had a fab weekend here as a group of 8. The house had everything you needed, we were very comfortable and able to cook. Lovely walks around the nature reserve and some nice pubs nearby. Loved that marshmallows were provided for the fire pit.

We had a wonderful weekend at The Bolthole in Pagham. The house is lovely with everything you could possibly need. The location is fantastic .You open the door and are only metres from the sea. Zoe was helpful and easy to contact as was Hollie our host. We would not hesitate to use Cabins and Castles again .

Brilliant weekend! The view from the Bolthole is truly awesome. We loved sitting in the conservatory and just looking out at the view. This is a very clean, well equipped, quirky, very quiet property, with plenty of room for 8 people. The bird reserve nearby made for a great walk on the Sunday. We would highly recommend this place.

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Mixture of ages and catered for all. Served our needs for trips to London, Portsmouth and Goodwood. Will certainly be revisiting. Fantastic views over the South coast.