The Nest at Severels

 Chichester, West Sussex | Sleeps max: 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Parking: Yes  | Pet friendly: No | Wi-Fi: Yes
From £165 per night (Minimum stay 2 nights)

Description

The Nest at Severels offers guests access to a slice of architectural history; designed by the architect Walter Greaves in 1980, it is one of only a very few late 20th Century houses to be granted a rare Grade II* listing. Designed as a series of ‘pods’, the owners (both of whom grew up in the area) now share their home with guests, and have made the two bedroomed, self-contained annexe available to anyone who wants to experience both the stunning design, and glorious location, for themselves.

Greaves designed the house in part of what was the garden to his previous home – four acres of rolling garden and woodland, complete with river running through it. The house and grounds can be found along a quiet lane in the pretty village of Runcton, itself just two miles south of Chichester. It’s so tucked away that most will never get to see this completely unique, timber-clad building for themselves.

Inside, the guest spaces are newly and stylishly renovated, while keeping all of Greaves’ stunning original features and making the most of views of the surrounding garden. Downstairs is a kitchenette with dining booth for four, a comfortable sitting room and a shower room. While upstairs there are two bedrooms, nestling behind dual aspect windows that frame trees on all sides. Directly outside resides a secluded dining area surrounded by hedges. There is plenty of parking (with the facility to charge an electric car) as well as bike storage.

Runcton has its own pub and farm shop, but also offers incredibly convenient access to the South Downs, historic cathedral city of Chichester, events at Goodwood and to the stunning South Coast – Pagham Beach is just a 20 minute cycle away and the renowned dunes of West Wittering a 15 minute drive.

Features

Ground Floor

Open Plan Living Space with Kitchenette, dining booth for four, and a relaxing space that features two sofas, underfloor heating and a smart TV.

Shower room; Toilet, sink and shower.

First Floor

Bedroom 1: King sized bed, small bath

Bedroom 2: Twin Beds that can be configured together and a third small bed available on request.

 

 

Outside: Private raised garden terrace with beautiful garden views, fire pit & seating for exclusive use. The house sits in grounds of around 4 and a half acres including gardens, woodland and river – on bird flight path to Pagham Harbour so a delight for twitchers! Guests enjoy sole access to half of the grounds, so plenty of space to play games, explore the many secret footpaths or just embrace the peace & quiet.

Children: All ages are welcome, a cot and high chair are available on request. For older children (or adults) there is a table tennis table, football goals, swing ball and badminton.

Pets: Strictly no pets

Parking: Severels offers parking for three cars, with the facility to charge an electric car if required and use of the garage on request There is also bike storage.

Location

Runcton is a small, pretty village located just two miles south of Chichester, in the heart of the South Downs. Chichester station offers connections to London Victoria in just 90 minutes, and once you arrive at The Nest at Severels there are plenty of places to explore by bike.

This is right in the heart of countryside, coast and culture – giving easy access to the vast rolling South Downs National Park, to beaches at West Wittering, Pagham and Selsey, and to the cultural attractions of the Cathedral town of Chichester which include the acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre, modern art, and history. The Goodwood Estate is just 5 minutes drive, which offers a myriad of events throughout the season including motor-racing and horse-racing, and offers golf, tennis and a health club. Crazy golf, pitch and putt is also available nearby at Chichester golf course just a 5 minute drive away.

Severels is located along a quiet country lane, and set in spacious grounds which were formally a Priory and later set out by RHS Wisley – so there is plenty of natural beauty, peace and tranquility if that is what you’re looking for.

Things to do

Goodwood is a huge draw to this area throughout the year, and The Nest at Severels is incredibly well-placed to visit. Car lovers won’t want to miss the Festival of Speed or Revival, a celebration of classic racing, which takes place in September. It is a great opportunity to dress up in clothing from 1940’s to 1960’s (most visitors do!). The horse-racing calendar culminates in the glamorous Quatar Goodwood Festival, at what is frequently described as England’s most picturesque racecourse.

Walkers and cyclists are spoilt for choice with challenging routes around the South Downs as well as flatter, family-friendly paths around Chichester. Try Centurion Way, an ex-railway line now cycle path, and the trail along the canal linking Chichester to Chichester Harbour, easily accessible by bike from The Nest.

West Wittering is one of the more famous beaches in the area, but there many less well-know spots to explore, too. Pagham Harbour is a sheltered inlet that is popular for swimming, while the shingle beaches at East Wittering and Bracklesham are popular with surfers and paddle boarders. There is plenty of sailing available too from Chichester Harbour and Itchenor. Bosham doesn’t have a beach as such but has a lovely quay, and the best crabbing from the harbour wall.

Food & Drink

Runcton is blessed with a village pub, the Walnut Tree, as well as a brilliant farm shop that also boasts a café, and sells lots of local produce including meat, locally grown vegetables, delicatessen and coffee. They also offer Pick Your Own in season. So why not sample the best that Sussex has to offer whipping up a meal at home?

Chichester has one restaurant for every 154 people! So there is a wealth of choice on your doorstep – whether you are looking for modern British, authentic Turkish, Asian fusion, or Tapas. The restaurant on the Goodwood Estate – Farmer Butcher Chef – boasts that you will have travelled further than your food! Their emphasis is on produce reared and grown on Goodwood’s Home Farm, and on using the best of the seasons.

Most walks and cycles can take in a fine country pub. Try The George at Eartham, The Fox Goes Free, near Goodwood (which is really well placed for walks on the Downs), or the Crab & Lobster at Sidlesham (after working up an appetite with some bird-spotting at Pagham Harbour. On the coast, Billy’s at Bracklesham has a fun surf vibe, The Boathouse at Chichester Marina is a great laid-back place for breakfast, brunch or lunch with great views of the Harbour, and the Crown & Anchor at Dell Quay has the perfect terrace overlooking the water.

Reviews

We stayed with the brilliant hosts David and Clare, in a really lovely part of the house. The part of the house is tucked away and opens onto the very impressive garden.

It was very clean, tidy and well very comfortable.  Everything was new, and our hosts made us feel very welcome but also, made us feel that we could ask them anything. Nothing was too much trouble. We stayed as a family of 4 and the living space was perfect for us, with some well thought out touches.

It’s a very beautiful and quiet place to stay, being far from the main road, and the garden and house are a special find. 

Highly recommend it, and we are already looking forward to visiting again.