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Peaceful 18th C Country House In The Heart Of A Nature Reserve, Near Chichester

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 3,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Chilgrove, nr. Chichester, Sussex, England - Rural Location In South Downs National Park, Near Chichester, West Sussex, England

The property was built in the 18th Century by the groom to the bedchamber of George II as a smallpox isloation hospital (and featured on the BBC's House Detectives) but is now a large comfortable family home. The large garden has mature flower beds, fruit trees and a large pond (fenced) with an island. The property itself is set in the middle of a wood in the Kingley Vale Nature Reserve within South Downs National Park but is only a 20 minute drive from Chichester and the market town of Petersfield. The property is 15 minutes drive from Goodwood and 30 minutes drive from West Wittering beach.

Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 April, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a wonderful weekend at your beautiful home. We did enjoy your house and played table football and we all turned out to be very competitive! Loved having breakfast and nightcap in the conservatory."

"we loved the garden and the setting was truly stunning"

"We had a wonderful stay in your beautiful home- thank you. It really is a special place."

"A truly special place"
May 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Chichester in Chichester District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Freestanding bath has shower attachment. Power Shower.
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Ensuite to main bedroom. Power Shower.
  • Bathroom 1 - En-suite to bedroom 1 with bath (shower over), WC and basin. Bathroom 2 - Large with free-standing bath, large separate power shower, large console basin, wc and bidet. Bathroom 3 - Bath with shower attachment, wc and basin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Cot , Two travel cots stored under bed. Ensuite bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , This room is in the attic with proper staircase.
    Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed , Very large room which can take further fold up beds/cots
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed , The single bed has an additional single stored beneath it.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10/11 (5 Bedrooms) All of the bedrooms have plenty of storage. Bedroom 1, 3 and 5 are carpeted. Bedrooms 2 and 4 have beautiful wooden floors. All of the bedrooms are a good size with room to site at least one travel cot.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house is reached via a bridleway (last repaired in 2017) which is 1.2 miles long and is in the middle of a wood. There is a piano, drum kit, board games, books and games. The area is very tranquil. Outside: The large terrace overlooks the garden and large pond with island. There are usually a pair of wild ducks and a heron who visit the garden. The pond is fenced. There is a garden table and chairs and a large parasol and some sun loungers. There is a rose arbour which can be used for outside dining. There are footpaths from the property directly into the nature reserve and South Downs and local villages so ideal for walking and cycling. Utility Room: Washing-machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, tea towels and linen are included. The property is cleaned and towels and linen changed at the end of each holiday period. Other: Entrance hall with exposed beams and flagstone floor, large conservatory and downstairs wc


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Peaceful 18th C Country House In The Heart Of A Nature Reserve, Near Chichester
average rating of 4.25 based on 9 reviews

A hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

This property is absolutely superb. I rented it for a weekend-long birthday party with some friends, and it was perfect. A beautiful house, with all the facilities you may need, a great, understanding and friendly owner, and it's so wonderfully remote it really is unlike anything else.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely family house in a gorgeous rural setting

  • 4 of 5

We went on a family Christmas celebration weekend - 12 of us in total ranging from 88 to 5 years of age - and stayed in this lovely, spacious, warm and welcoming rural retreat, steeped in history and situated in the middle of a nature reserve. Yes, the long track to the house is definitely an adventure, but if you don't mind that, then it's well worth the effort - quite unlike anywhere I've stayed before. It is so quiet and enchanting, it almost feels like you've discovered a 'secret' in the middle of the forest. All the facilities you could possibly need are on site - as it is, I believe, a family home. Cleanliness is fine - perhaps not hotel standard, if that's what you're looking for - but if you're a chaotic family (like us) or large group of friends, then it feels like a home-from-home, with so much to keep you entertained - including a piano, a drum kit, TV/DVD, books, huge gardens and long, lovely walks right on your doorstep. The interior is wonderful too - with loads of period features like flagstone floors, large fireplaces, ancient heavy wooden doors; and we particularly loved the kids bedroom - which sleeps 4 and looks just like the Peter Pan nursery. The owner could not have been more helpful and accommodating, and even let us bring the family dog, who loved it too! A very special place, highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic weekend get away

  • 5 of 5

A unique experience! We had a fabulous time.

Idyllic location in the middle of a nature reserve, with countless walks on the doorstep. Great pub at the end of the long driveway.

House is full of history, really old and quirky but with all modern comforts.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Family celebration

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I, along with her family had a fantastic weekend at the house in January. Not only is the history of the house fascinating, but it is also incredibly practical for accommodating larger groups without feeling it was ever crowded.

The house offers all that you need (large, practical kitchen, clean, comfortable bedrooms and modern, well-equipped bathrooms etc) without losing any of its charm.

What makes the house unique though is the setting. We were given more than adequate warning and information on navigating the track to the house and had absolutely no problems getting in and out in standard hatchbacks and after rain. The experience of spending the weekend in the middle of a woodland nature reserve is one we'll not forget so a small price worth paying in any case. There's a very nice pub back on the main road opposite the track which is in walking distance and also serves excellent food. Supermarkets and other shops are only a short drive back down towards Chichester.

Difficult to do this house justice in a short review but we were already planning our next visit there as we were leaving after what felt like too short a stay. Rachel, the owner, couldn't have been more helpful and informative and even went to the effort of going to the house a few days before our arrival to turn the central heating on and make sure the house was warm and inviting for when we arrived.

I can't think there's another place like this and absolutely perfect for having a family celebration or even just a few days to unwind and relax. Very highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Canadians in Narnia

  • 4 of 5

We are 9 Canadians between the ages of 30 - 40 that had a wedding to attend at Stansted Park. Part of the events were held in Chichester, while the wedding itself was held on the opposite end of town at Stansted Park. Chilgrove seemed the most reasonable place to find accommodations as we were going to rely solely on taxi services to and from the events in the 3 day span and this house was right in the middle of both locations. This massive country home is stunning, beautifully decorated, spotless and the amount of large rooms seemed endless with one even tucked away in a cozy attic (you could easily miss the door if you weren’t paying attention). The grounds are rustic which added so nicely to the centre piece of the home and when you do a little research, you will be surprised to find a rich with some very notable names tied to it. Some important things to note: the roads leading up to the house are unmaintained and you will experience pot holes on the way to the house so drive slowly, especially if it rains but Rachel will underscore this for you. The road is about 10 to 15 mins away from the main road so if you are looking for a home off the beaten path, then this one is a gem! Just make sure you have all of your food, snacks, drinks and alcohol before venturing to the house as there isn’t anything nearby except the White Horse Inn that serves brunch and dinner and also a small wine shop on the corner that is very reasonably priced. If you’re like us and wearing your finest (cuz of the wedding), then take heed and bring some different shoes or boots as the road can get a little messy after it rains. It is, after all, set back in the woods. There are very specific instructions about the heat, water and other amenities so pay very close attention or like us, you will be left scrambling trying to figure out why we couldn’t get heat and hot water. With 9 people getting ready, this oversight could mean the world of difference getting to your engagements on time and fresh and clean. All the instructions are written out in detail so be careful not to overlook any of them; however Rachel is just a phone call away and she encourages you to reach out should there be any questions, concerns or hiccups along the way. It was a short stay but we enjoyed our stay in what we coined as the home in Narnia and hoped we could have actually relaxed and enjoyed the home than just spend it in between functions.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely retreat in the forest

  • 4 of 5

We booked this house as a surprise for my Dad's 70th birthday - we were a group of 6 adults and 5 children. We all LOVED the house, it is a really special place in a unique spot in the middle of woods. Yes the track to the house is a bit of a trek, but we drove carefully and had no damage to our cars. (However, I would point out that it is a bridleway and may not be suitable for sporty or very expensive cars!!!)

For us, the house was ideal as we spent most of our weekend there, enjoying the surroundings, the gardens and with a bit of exploring on foot through the woods and geocaching with the kids. The children were aged 2-12 and all had a great time playing games in the garden... We enjoyed being back to nature away from the stresses of normal life and away from technology! A real retreat!

It also has a fascinating history and we enjoyed reading the file all about it.

I would add that the owner still uses the house and so there are a lot of their personal possessions there, which is fine, but there are a few cupboards out of bounds. I found the cleanliness to be of a reasonably good standard.

We had a problem with hot water, but the owner couldn't have been more helpful as she sent a plumber out straight away and personally came to apologise, so we couldn't have asked for more.

So if you're looking for somewhere with plenty of character away from the hustle and bustle of every day life, I would definitely recommend this house.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The White Horse, Chilgrove
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The White Hourse, Chilgrove
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Chichester Harbour/Witterings
Car: necessary


Beaches from 20 minutes by car, Chichester harbour is 20 minutes, West Wittering beaches (sand) and Pagham (pebbles) are 30 minutes by car.


You will need a car to get here as there is no public transport. Gatwick and Heathrow and both apporximately 1 hour's drive. Portsmouth is 40 minutes' drive and has ferries to France and the Isle of Wight. I would advise that taxis should drop off and pick up from the road because some taxis may not be happy to drive along the bridleway.....it will depend on the driver.


Chilgrove (The White Horse PH) is walking distance, Stoughton and Walderton villages can also be reached on foot. Chichester (with its theatre and multiplex cinema and bowling centre) and Petersfleld can both be reached in 20 minutes by car. Goodwood race course and Goodwood race track are both 15-20 minutes' drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Chichester, Sussex

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
9 Feb 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer Season
15 Jun 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
14 Sep 2018 - 6 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Year
7 Dec 2018 - 10 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is required to book and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. A fully refundable security deposit is required of £500 for a booking of up to 5 people and £1000 for up to 10 people. The person in charge of the booking must be over 26 years of age. Short breaks are available, please contact us to check availability and details.

Changeover Day:
Friday changeover with arrivals at 4pm and departures at 10am but can be flexible about changeover day and timings.

If your booking falls during a Goodwood Event eg Festival of Speed etc then the Summer Season rate will apply.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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