The Coach House at Norton Priory

Sleeps 19 | Bedrooms 7 | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes
£2,100 – £5,000 per week


The Coach House at Norton Priory forms part of one of the oldest and most interesting buildings on the West Sussex coastal peninsula. Originally known as the Old Rectory, Norton Priory dates as far back as 1539; the ‘West Wing’ has been newly converted by the owners into a unique, seven-bedroom holiday home that manages to be both timeless and modern, luxurious and fun. Stunning gardens and a private path that gives access to a delightfully deserted beach make this an idyllic retreat for larger groups or families.

The Coach House stands only a few meters from the owners’ home, but has been planned with privacy in mind, and has its own entrance and a private garden. The ‘L’ shape of the building maximises views south to the beach and sea and means that guests can enjoy both the sunrise and sunset, as well as flooding all of the rooms with gorgeous coastal light.

Children will love the bunk room, which sleeps seven for a holiday sleepover, while parents will love the luxurious ensuite bath and shower rooms, sumptuous bed linen, and the fun bar area in the family room – complete with glitter ball! Evenings around the huge dining table, sunsets on the terrace, and family games on the beach will all make for the most memorable of Sussex stays.


Ground Floor

On arrival there is a large hall with space for shoes, boots, and with hanging space for coats, and the main staircase leading to the first floor.  The remainder of the downstairs of the Coach House is comprised of:-

Open Plan Kitchen: Huge kitchen dining room, brilliantly equipped with two ovens, microwave, large fridge + small freezer, double drinks fridge, ice machine, etc. There is also a well stocked freestanding pantry. There is a sociable kitchen island, where guests can sit and chat to the cook! The huge dining table seats 14. Flooded with light, with windows on two sides. Second staircase leading to the first floor. 

Open Plan Family / Games Room & Living Area: Complete with three comfortable sofas (one a sofa bed), bar area, TV & table tennis table. 

Laundry Room: Separate washing machine and tumble dryer, sink and hanging space. 

Eau de Nil bedroom: Superking bed. Beautiful freestanding bath in the bedroom, and a small ensuite cloakroom with loo and basin. 

Sea Blue Bedroom: Superking bed (can be split and configured as a twin). Ensuite shower room.

First Floor

Vintage Rose Bedroom: Superking bed (can be split and configured as a twin), and ensuite walk-in shower room. Double French doors lead out to a balcony that runs half the length of the house, with table and comfortable outdoor chairs – perfect to take in the sea views!

Light Pink Bedroom: Superking bed (can be split and configured as a twin). Ensuite, walk in shower room.

Blue Feather Room: Superking sized bed. Ensuite bathroom featuring separate shower and bath. 

Bunk Room: A huge room that sleeps a maximum of 7 children (or 4 adults) in two singles, one bunk bed, and one triple bunk bed. Own ensuite bathroom with separate shower and bath. 

Green Bedroom: Superking bed (can be split and configured as a twin). Ensuite walk in shower room. Views over the gardens and front and back. Space for a cot, if required. 

All of the beds are by Button and Sprung, and all bedrooms feature bed linen and curtains from the Secret Linen Store. 

Den area for children with sofa (and sofabed), books and toys. 


There is ample parking to the Coach House, and an electric car charger, should it be required. The terrace features a large outdoor table and chairs, seating 10, and barbecue. A spiral staircase leads up to the first floor balcony. There is a private path to the beach, and access to the owners’ tennis court.  

Please note that there is a very pretty but unfenced pond in the garden, set away from the Coach House, along the route to the beach. As such young children must be supervised at all times. 

Pantry Items: There is a well-stocked pantry with basic items.

Children: Children of all ages are most welcome. Den area with sofas, books, toys. Cots, with linen, highchairs and plastic cutlery can all be provided. 

Pets: Allowed by prior arrangement with the owners, who have two dogs of their own. The garden is mainly fenced, but not entirely dog proof. 

Parking: Private parking for 6+ cars

Pricing: Accommodation fees can be seen by clicking on the start date on the calendar below. These prices include the cleaning fee. A booking fee will be added on top as well as a refundable security deposit of £250 paid at the balance 8 weeks before the stay. 

Please note that this property does not allow hen or stag parties.

Check in: 3pm

Check out: 10am


The Coach House can be found tucked next to the owners home, Norton Priory, behind imposing entrance gates and along a private drive. It is set in the historic village of Church Norton which was once an important hub for Christianity in Sussex, but now just a small sleepy collection of houses and an historic church, St.Wilfred’s. 

Just six miles south of the cathedral city of Chichester, Church Norton sits amid peaceful countryside and just 400 yards from the beach – the lack of parking in Church Norton means that this stretch of beach is almost always deserted –  between Pagham Harbour to the north-east and Selsey to the south-west. The nearest station can be found at Chichester, where frequent trains serve both London Victoria and London Bridge.  

This quiet location gives visitors access to a wide and varied stretch of coastline, inland to the South Downs National Park, the city of Chichester, Goodwood Estate, and more.

Things to do

The beach and sea will be the source of much activity here, be it long blustery walks, sunbathing, or enjoying the abundant wildlife. Church Norton beach is part of the Pagham Harbour RSPB Nature Reserve, and is a quiet and unspoilt shingle beach that never sees the numbers of visitors to be found further along the coast, even at the height of summer. There are stunning walks that criss cross the Pagham Harbour and take in the magnificent views, historical features and wildlife. Call in at the RSPB visitor centre for walking maps and an introduction to the rare birds that can be found here. 

Selsey, on the southernmost tip of the peninsula, is famous for its crab, which be bought direct from the fisherman on the shore, and for the Selsey lifeboat – the Lifeboat Station is open daily during the season. On the opposite side of the point Brackelsham Bay, East & West Wittering are home to surfing, paddleboarding, kite-surfing, to name but a few water based activities, while sailing can be found at Itchenor, Chichester Harbour, and Bosham. 

Inland – Chichester offers a lively cultural scene, with galleries, the world-renowned Chichester Festival Theatre, and a wealth of fascinating Roman history. The Goodwood Estate has a plethora of events to attract visitors during the season, from horse-racing to motor sport, and has a golf-course, health club and aerodrome too.

Food and Drink

If you love seafood, a stay at the Coach House will be foodie heaven! The Crab & Lobster at Sidlesham is just a few minutes drive away, and something of a local institution, where you can enjoy delicious seafood (and more) alongside an interesting wine list, in a relaxed environment. There are lovely views from the terrace and garden. 

For the very freshest crab, lobster and prawns, try Potters in Selsey (near the lifeboat station), a family run business who catch and prepare everything themselves. Pre-order a seafood platter to take home, or just enjoy the most delicious crab sandwiches on the beach. 

Find breakfast and lunch with a relaxed surf vibe at Billy’s on the Beach, at Bracklesham Bay, or fun family dining with at the Boulevard Café in East Wittering. 

Chichester has a wealth of places to eat from great chain restaurants such as Bill’s & the Giggling Squid, to tapas at Artie’s Kitchen, pre-theatre dining at Purchases, and a great modern-British restaurant at the Pallant House Gallery.


We thoroughly enjoyed our family get together at the Priory Coach House and found the property to be very comfortable, very spacious and very well equipped and in an ideal location with its own access to the beach and close proximity to other attractions and activities in the area. The children loved the play den in the house and the table tennis table also proved popular with all. We would thoroughly recommend it to other families looking for a large pleasant place where they could all get together. Cabins and Castles offered a personal touch not experienced with the bigger on-line booking agencies.

We have had an amazing weekend at this fabulous house with lots of fun and adventure, spending time with our family and most importantly our cousins 60th Birthday. Lovely surroundings and beautiful walks were enjoyed by all. I will be telling all our family and friends about this beautiful house. 

The Coach House is amazing in every way, from the firepit, to the beach to the lovely kitchen to the lunge where table tennis matches got very competitive. We have made memories for my husband’s 60th birthday. Thank you for being so accommodating, we will be back. 

We have had such a lovely long weekend at The Coach House. We have come away as an extended family of Grandparents, aunties, and uncles and five cousins whio have absilutely loved playing together in the big house. The secret path to the beach is so lovely for morning walks and swimming in the sea adn the table tennis table went down a treat. Thank you for having us and good luck wiht your new venture. 

What an amazing house. Perfect for a big celebration. Thank you for all the detail to attention. Will definately come back. 

 What a lovely house!So comfortable and accomodating. We loved the large communal spaces wbich made it so easy for everyone to get together. The bedrooms were all very comfortable too. Our favourite thing was the private meandering path to the beach.