Stedham, West Sussex | Sleeps 9 | Bedrooms 5 | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: No | Wi-Fi: Yes
From £450 per night (2 night minimum stay)
Warwick House sits right in the heart of the picturesque South Downs village of Stedham, with its old church, village green, and recreation ground. Built around 1862, this house has the cosy charm of its age but has been brought beautifully up to date with stylish touches; it is perfectly planned and equipped to be a family home from home.
The entrance hall features beautiful Moroccan inspired floor tiles, and leads you into the downstairs living spaces. At the heart of the home there is a stunning kitchen, flooded with sunshine thanks to a huge skylight and warmed by a cosy AGA. There is also space to curl up with a book, a funky dining area with doors that open wide to the pretty cottage garden, and stairs that lead to the playroom. A snug, study and formal drawing room complete the ground floor, and mean that there is plenty of opportunity for groups to spread out and find their own relaxing spaces.
Upstairs the five bedrooms and two bathrooms are spacious with large sash windows that make the most of the garden and village views. A good combination of doubles, singles and bunk beds mean that more than one family could enjoy this house with ease.
With Midhurst just a short hop, the South Downs on your doorstep, and Chichester and Goodwood within easy reach – Warwick House is perfectly placed.
Kitchen: The kitchen has a dishwasher, oven and gas hob, dualit toaster and kettle, Nespresso machine and Aeroccino milk frother.
Living Room: Sofas with Tv with Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Dining Room: Large country dining table for up to 6. Additional chairs can be provided.
Bedroom 1: King sized bedroom
Bedroom 2: Double bed
Bedroom 3: Large room with single bed
On top floor:
Bedroom 4: Childs room with bunk beds
Bedroom 5: Childs room with single bed and trundle bed
Bathroom 1: Walk in shower, bath, hand held shower, beautiful sink
Bathroom 2: Bath and hand held shower, sink
Pantry items: Olive Oil, salt, pepper, tea bags, coffee, sugar, flour.
Welcome pack items: Bottle of prosecco
Parking: Parking for one car in bay opposite, other cars need to park in the village.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome and there is a high chair available on request. The garden is enclosed.
Dogs: Small well behaved dogs may be considered on request.
The picturesque village of Stedham is just two miles from Midhurst, the heart of the South Downs National Park. The village itself has a pub and some lovely strolls, while Midhurst offers more in the way of boutique shops and cafes – it is also the home of Polo in the summer, thanks to the Cowdray Estate. The nearest station is Petersfield, which offers regular services to London Waterloo that only take about an hour; so you can be in your own village hideaway in no time!
Chichester is just a short drive away, so easily on hand for cultural pursuits, shopping and dining, as is the Goodwood Estate, which offers a spa, restaurants and events such as horse and motor racing throughout the season. The coast is accessible too – the Witterings offer a must-visit stretch of beach, whatever the time of year.
Things to do
Being in such easy reach of the South Downs mean that walkers, cyclists and riders will be in heaven here. If it’s a little too hilly for you, All Ride Now in Midhurst even hires E-bikes, that should give you a little extra ‘oomph’! They can organise guided tours, too.
In the summer Midhurst is all about Polo – culminating in the Gold Cup final in July, which draws the crowds for English sparkling wine, food and shopping as well as for the action on the lawns. ‘Madhurst’ is the town’s annual arts festival.
Chichester offers a great range of cultural attractions – a beautiful city centre and cathedral, Pallant House Gallery which houses one of the country’s finest collections of modern art, museums bringing to life the area’s Roman past, and the Chichester Festival Theatre. For horse-racing and motor-racing fans, Goodwood will be the big draw. Warwick House is a great base for the many events there.
Keep going to the coast and there is sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, surfing and SUP for the more active – beautiful beaches to relax on for the less so.
Food & Drink
Stedham’s own pub, the Hamilton Arms, may be unusual in that it is known for its Thai food rather than for more traditional village pub fayre! The nearby Elsted Inn aims to offer the best of West Sussex’s ingredients in a regularly changing menu, and has a very strong community vibe. This area is spoilt for great pubs with wonderful food – the Noah’s Ark, the Horseguards, or the Lickfold Inn (all just the other side of Midhurst) are also well worth a visit.
Choose your own Sussex ingredients at the Cowdray Farm Shop, in Midhurst, and cook and eat alfresco thanks to the barbecue on the patio at Warwick House. While you’re stocking up why not try their café, too, which does a great breakfast and lovely range of coffees and cakes. Children will love the ice-cream at nearby Fitzcane’s (also in Midhurst).
Further afield Chichester offers a whole range of places to eat, whatever your taste, budget or preference. Pallant House Gallery has a wonderful restaurant, with tables in a beautiful courtyard in the summer. Or head to Goodwood for their signature restaurant ‘Farmer, Butcher, Chef’ – where the proximity to the farm and estate means they can claim that you will have travelled further than your food!