Almodington, West Sussex | Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes
From £375 per night ( Minimum stay varies from 2 nights- 4 nights)
From the outside, this 17th Century Sussex farmhouse looks thoroughly and utterly traditional. And inside there is plenty of evidence of its age, too, in the exposed beams, stone flags, delightfully wonky floorboards, and lovely old fireplaces. But the owners have managed to bring an incredible dose of modernity to this home, thanks to comfortable yet minimal furnishing, a serene neutral colour palette, and the timeless style of the lighting and accessories.
Arrive into the hallway and you’ll see this juxtaposition straight away – the ancient farmhouse banisters rising from a boldly patterned tiled floor, and the stairs lit with an antique chandelier. In the cosy kitchen a stunning AGA forms the centrepiece (great for warming winter-walk toes), but there are plenty of mod cons here, too.
The dining table seats a crowd on artfully mismatched chairs, and there are sofas perfectly placed for relaxing or watching a movie. The house sleeps eight in four bedrooms, and there is plenty of spaces to hang out – you need not feel crowded, here.
Outside the two-acre gardens will surprise and delight – whether you are out spotting the abundant local wildlife, taking a tour around the pond, or stretching your legs (and that of your four-legged friends) in the paddock.
With the stunning beaches of the Witterings, and the beautiful cathedral city of Chichester both nearby, the location will keep the most discerning of Sussex visitors happy, too.
Kitchen: The kitchen has an AGA, oven, gas hob, dishwasher, toaster and kettle, Smeg expresso machine and milk frother. Seating for 6 people.
Living Room: Large light sitting room with two seating area, one by the open fire. Lots of windows onto the surrounding gardens and countryside.
Dining Room: Large country dining table for up to 10 people.
Bedrooms: Three of the bedrooms are very spacious, have lovely exposed beams and countryside views. Two have a king sized bed and one a double bed. The fourth bedroom has the same charm and views but instead, two single beds.
Bathroom 1: Bath, shower, sink, WC, exposed beams
Bathroom 2: Shower, since, WC
Downstairs cloakroom and downstairs utility room.
Pantry items: Olive Oil, salt, pepper, tea, coffee and sugar.
Welcome pack items: Fresh milk and bread.
Garden: There is 2 acres of gardens surrounding the Farmhouse. The garden has lovely fruit trees and overlooks fields.
Parking: Off road parking for 4 cars.
Children: Children are welcome and a high chair and travel cot can be provided.
Dogs: Dogs are welcome but must be kept off furniture and they are not to go upstairs due to the quality of the furnishings.
The Farmhouse sits in the sleepy hamlet of Almodington, which is just a stone’s throw from the beaches at East & West Wittering, Bracklesham Bay, and Selsey – but isn’t on the main route to any of those, so stays quiet and tranquil. Pagham Harbour and Sidlesham are also right next door. It’s a great base to explore this beautiful stretch of coastline.
Almodington is also just a 10 minute drive to Chichester (where you’ll also find the nearest mainline station – trains to London Victoria take about 1.5 hours), with its many attractions. From Chichester a further short hop takes you to the Goodwood Estate, for the myriad of events there, or just a round of golf.
Things to do
It would be a shame to stay this close to the coast and not make the most of beach and sea. The beautiful sandy beach at West Wittering draws visitors throughout the year and for good reason. Come here for bucket and spade fun in the summer, long walks around the dunes of East Head, or more adrenalin-fuelled action in the form of kite-surfing; there is a school at one end of the beach that offers lessons and equipment hire. East Wittering attracts a more laid-back, surfing crowd.
Chichester Harbour boasts a sailing club (as well as some glorious walks and bike rides), or hire a kayak at Itchenor and explore the coastline under paddle power. Beautiful Bosham is also a sailing mecca and utterly picturesque – crabbing from the harbour wall is a must for younger visitors.
Chichester was a roman town and has a fascinating past and there are plenty of shops and restaurants to explore, too.
Just three miles from Chichester, the Goodwood Estate offers what is commonly acknowledged to be the UK’s most beautiful racecourse, the Motor Circuit which hosts the famous Festival of Speed and retro-themed Revival, as well as an aerodrome, golf course, health club and various restaurants.
Food and Drink
The local pubs are numerous and consistently good; The Crab & Lobster at Sidlesham is well known (unsurprisingly!) for its seafood, while the Anchor Bleu in Bosham is an ancient inn full of charm and with delightful harbour views. The Lamb Inn, in West Wittering has a lovely garden that is great for families. The Crown & Anchor at Dell Quay has a large waterside terrace that is popular on summer days, as well as a cosy indoor space for cooler weather.
Soak up the seaside, surf vibe at numerous cafes and bars in East Wittering, or at Billy’s on the Beach, a Bracklesham favourite. For seafood lovers, a trip to Selsey to buy that day’s catch of crab and lobster is a must – head to the East Beach and try Julie’s Hut or Honest Bill’s.
Only very slightly further afield, Chichester has a range of independent restaurants as well as the best of the chains. But for something more individual the restaurant at Pallant House gallery is great and has a beautiful courtyard, Luckes café offers healthy food that is delicious too, and Farmer Butcher Chef at Goodwood specialises in ‘nose to tail’ eating using the best of the estate farm’s produce.
I stayed at The Farmhouse with my partner and his parents for around a week. We had initially planned to stay for only four days but extended to a week because of how in love we were with the house. The house has strong, white walls with exposed wooden beams dating to the 1600s, and the inside is furnished with beautiful soft furnishings of white linen, glazed pottery and wooden furniture. Doors are painted with a gorgeous pastel turquoise, and each room is accented with delicate textiles: pillows and throws in various pastel colours. Each room has a calm aura, and sense of safety and serenity. Multiple windows in each room allow soft sunlight and views of the well maintained garden. The garden itself is simple, with two BBQ pits, and a set of table and chairs. The poplar trees in the garden create a wonderful whooshing sound when there is breeze, and are lovely to watch from the conservatory. The only improvement I would add would be some deck chairs on the inner garden to lounge on. The hosts were lovely, always available to help us out, and very generous in letting us extend our stay on such short notice. I would have liked to have a few more cleaning products, such as a mop and vacuum so that we may clean after ourselves, but other than that I have no complaints! We will absolutely be returning again, many times in the future if possible!