Ashurst, West Sussex | Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: No | Wi-Fi: Yes
From £525 for a 3 night stay (3 night minimum stay)
The neutral colour palette and simple but luxurious fabrics only serve to highlight the charm and character of this gorgeous getaway. Comfortable beds, fluffy towels and a well-appointed shower room bring it bang up to date.
The outside is no less idyllic. A private garden space with outdoor seating and BBQ makes eating outside in the peace and quiet a delight – while children (and adults!) will love the freedom to explore the 5 acres of garden and woodland that surround it. There is a swing, trampoline and sand pit to keep children entertained – they can feed the chickens, too – and a heated swimming pool for the summer months. The owners kindly invite guests to pick from the fruit, vegetables and herbs that grown within the grounds.
The Brewhouse, and adjoining Milkhouse (also listed here), can be linked if required, for larger groups.
A relaxing living space with exposed beams, inglenook fireplace with woodburning stove, plus satellite TV, DVD, iPod dock and WiFi.
Fully fitted kitchen / dining room with 2 oven AGA, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine. Dining table with space for four.
WC & Lobby
Kingsized master bedroom with ample wardrobe space and ensuite shower room. Twin room with wash basin.
Private garden space with outdoor furniture and BBQ. Heated outdoor pool (30 degrees) available mid-May to mid-September. Five acres of beautiful gardens and woodland.
Children are very welcome at the Brewhouse. Cots, highchairs and other baby equipment are available. As well as a swimming pool, there is a sandpit, trampoline and some swings for their use.
The Artisan Bakehouse
Residents are offered a discount of 10% when dining in the ‘Bakehouse’, or on any events or breadmaking courses.
Ample private parking here and the property & grounds are gated.
The Brewhouse provide freshly made bread, handmade cookies, homemade jam, local apple juice, milk and eggs from the resident hens.
Pantry items: Tea, coffee, salt & pepper.
Extra guests: As well as The Milkhouse next door, there is also the The Bakers Hut for an extra couple.
The nearest town is Steyning – recognised to be one of the prettiest in West Sussex – and home to a range of pubs, tea rooms and independent shops. The nearest station can be found at Shoreham-by-Sea, a ten minute drive away; fast trains to London only take an hour. Further stations at Pulborough or Horsham.
Ashurst is bordered by the South Downs, the Surrey Hills, and the South Coast. The nearest beaches are just 10 minutes away, but more bustling seaside activity can be found in Brighton or Worthing, both just 25 mins drive. Petworth, Chichester and Arundel are also easy day trips with much to see and do.
Things to do
This part of Sussex is a paradise for walking, cycling and horseriding, thanks to the miles of countryside bridle and footpaths, and particularly the South Downs Way. There is an Equestrian centre nearby, which offers escorted hacks through the surrounding countryside. Even a walk through the gardens and grounds of the Brewhouse can offer a glimpse of plenty of wildlife, including birds, bats and even fallow deer. Keen birdwatchers might like to visit the RSPB centre at Pulborough Brooks, which has some lovely (buggy and wheelchair-friendly) trails around the ponds and great views.
Nearby Steyning has some lovely historic buildings, as well as good independent shops, and is worth visiting just for a wander, as well as to pick up essentials.
Bustling Brighton, on the coast, has been an attraction for decades thanks to its busy seafront, Pier, Brighton Pavilion, and unique shopping in the ‘Lanes’. Or take to the beach and enjoy some bucket and spade activities, or a dip in the sea. The Sea Life Centre is popular with younger guests.
Arundel is lesser-known, but a wonderful day out. The castle, with its stunning grounds, often offers events in the summer, and the River Arun can be explored via boat from here. You can also take to the water in Ashurst, where the Kayak Coach offers canoe hire, training and guided tours along the River Adur.
Food & Drink
It would also be a shame to miss the local pub, the Fountain Inn, which dates from the 16th Century and offers a fine welcome alongside excellent pub food. Steyning also has a selection of fine Sussex pubs – try the White Horse Smokehouse & Grill, right in the centre of town – as well as some lovely traditional tea shops. The Italian restaurant, Mamma Mia, is a locals’ favourite. If you’re planning to rustle up supper back in the Brewhouse, then Steyning should be able to provide everything you need, too. The high street includes the award-winning Sussex Produce Company, and don’t miss the Saturday Farmer’s Market, where you can find everything from patisserie & pies to local eggs and organic meat.
To eat with a view of the sea, the Beach House in Worthing is a bustling spot with beachfront terrace, or try the seafood platter at the Sea Lane Café overlooking the lovely beach at Goring-by-Sea.
The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need and the occasional smell of freshly baked bread added to the homely feel of the place.
The grounds are great for exploring and playing and having access to pretty much your own pool is absolutely fantastic!
The Bakehouse is an absolute must for families as we loved every minute of our stay and will definitely be back.