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Charming Flint Stone Cottage In Grounds Of Pretty Private Property



Updated: 22-Sep-2016
2 Bedroom Cottage in Itchenor, Chichester, West Sussex, Great Recreational Location, 8-10 mins from Beach

"Pine Cones" is a lovely flint stone annex that sits within the grounds of a pretty, privately owned property in the delightful village of Itchenor. Perfectly located for many forms of recreation, it is about 30 minutes walk or a 5 minute drive to Itchenor Sailing Club and the water, 10 minutes drive to West Wittering sandy beach with its fantastic windsurfing and kite surfing facilities and a 10-15 minute drive into the Cathedral town of Chichester with its renowned Festival Theatre, Goodwood for Horse Racing, The Revival and The Festival of Speed, plus the South Downs are only 20 minutes drive away. Lovely walks and cycling on The Salterns Way are only 2 minutes from the property. The Cottage is ideal for a family with children owing to its slightly unusual layout. (See more details further on.) It sleeps 4 but does have a facility of a sofa bed in the living room for an extra one or two people if needed. It is on two floors and the kitchen is upstairs so may not be suitable for people who find stairs difficult. The cottage has its own patio and BBQ area together with use of the gardens and there is ample parking. It also has its own Wifi. With apologies, we have a "No Dogs" policy as there are cats on the premises and we prefer to keep the cottage animal free for any guests who may suffer allergies.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

My husband and I are an English couple in our middle years with two teenage children. As our main occupation we own and run a Nursing Home in Worthing, West Sussex. This holiday cottage is a separate annexe on our own property where we live. We very much enjoy meeting people and will be more than happy to give our guests any help or advice they would like concerning the local area.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Lovely annexe, friendly welcome, Claire and her family could not have been more helpful." Mr & Mrs Coe, Norwich.

"We had a wonderful week staying in this very well equipped annexe. Very comfortable beds and easy to maintain. Claire and John were a delight and very welcoming to me and all my boys who loved to play in the gorgeous garden. Looking forward to coming again next year." Mr & Mrs Condon, Southfields, London.

"Well equipped annexe, very comfortable. Lots to do in the area - will recommend to friends and family. Hope to be back soon. Many thanks." Mr & Mrs Pyne, Rugby, Warwicks.

"Warm welcome. Good, clean annexe. Had a lovely week thank you." Mrs J Berry & family, Wolverhampton, West Mids.

"Fabulous! Lovely welcome and incredibly well equipped holiday home. Would highly recommend and look forward to coming back." The Porters, Cambridge.

"Came for 'Revival'. Great time, very comfortable! All one would need. Thank you." Mr & Mrs Palmer, Hemingstone, Suffolk.
May 2013
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25 Reviews

based on 25 holidaymaker reviews


A nice break from London

  • 5 of 5

Although a bit tricky to find it was well worth the effort. The cottage was spotless and contained all the necessities. Note that the two bedrooms, kitchen, and main bath are on the second floor and the bath is accessed through the bedroom with the twin beds. It was not a problem for us but was worth mentioning. As we were enjoying the attractions of Chichester later into the evening the turnoff to the cottage is even trickier. An inexpensive solution may be to add to reflectors on either side of the gate. I wished we had more time to spend in the area but Wales beckons.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, this was our third year in a row!

  • 5 of 5

This was the third year in a row we stayed at what is known in our family as "Claire's place" - we keep coming back because it's a great location, lovely accomodation, wonderful garden and friendly owners. If you want to explore the Downs, the cathedral cities of Chichester and Winchester, the fantastic country pubs of West Sussex or the stunning coastline, this is the place for you. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A clean and tidy property in a generally quiet location near to many places of interest.

  • 3 of 5

Knowing the area well, we were pleased to find somewhere central to the places we wanted to visit without having to undertake a long journey each time. Our party consisted of a married couple and another adult. The property was easy to find, and everything was clean and tidy.

It met our needs and expectations reasonably well, but there were aspects that, if they had been more clearly presented in the advertised details, would have probably led us to search for a property more suitable for our circumstances.

Its details state that it sleeps 6, giving the impression of quite a bit of space; but, apart from a spare double mattress on the floor under the double bed, there are not enough amenities for 6 (e.g. only four chairs for the kitchen table, and only one sofa and one chair in the sitting room). Perhaps this is a misprint - or if the extra 2 are presumed to be babies sleeping in a travel cot (not provided but referenced in the details) then that could be more clearly explained. Disappointing, and something that should be much clearer on the property's description, is that the twin/children's 'bedroom' is actually a windowless corridor (connecting the kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom). Except for the sitting room and cloakroom, all the rooms are upstairs, again something that could be stated more clearly - the only mention of 'upstairs' is in a caption under one of the pictures of the kitchen. Older folk need to know this sort of thing.

Under 'Facilities', the descriptions of the Bathroom and Bedrooms appear towards the end after such other items as Attractions, Leisure Activities, Local Services & Businesses, and Sports & Adventure Activities. They should be nearer the top, following on from General and Kitchen. Knowing the area well, we didn't need to find out about Attractions etc, and did not think to investigate randomly just in case more relevant details might have been somewhere below. Perhaps we should have, but the website could be more helpfully presented.

The patio is nice in itself, but be aware that the entrance to the owners' property runs right past it; there were quite a number of visitors each morning during our stay, so that it was not as peaceful as it could have been. The garden in front of the house in the first pictures is not as large as it looks and is very much their front garden (with pond and other features, as they warn) and not easily a usable amenity; the rear garden is spacious and good for games.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that this customer didn't find our cottage 100% to their liking and in response to their comments would just like to say that the Owners Direct website is in a prescribed format and we do not therefore have any say over how it is presented and which information is shown where. We would ask our customers to read through all the details carefully as we have really tried to describe our cottage as accurately as possible. We do state clearly that this is an annex on a privately owned property and inevitably there are the normal comings and goings of our family. We generally try to be polite and friendly to all our customers whilst at the same time respecting their privacy. We have also made a few minor amendments to our website description to try and clarify the points raised by this customer. We are always happy to answer any questions in advance of a booking which can be done by email or telephone.
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely clean cottage, in a lovely area, claire and john are extremely welcoming and helpful. Lovely large gardens too, perfect if you have children! Would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location and highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

Location near to beach, harbor, and small villages on the coast. Easy drive to Brighton and other cities. Ultra clean and everything you need for a holiday.

Good beds, TV and WiFi. Set in lovely garden which was great for the grandsons we had with us. Parking is no problem. Small town near by had petrol stations and shops. The owners were great. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cottage - Ideal for Short Break

  • 5 of 5

Immaculate throughout, we found this cottage very comfortable for ourselves and 3 children. Enjoyed great weather which allowed us to sit outdoors with our drinks and take in the stunning garden. Claire was most helpful and accommodating - even arranging a Spitfire flyover from Goodwood and evening fireworks display!

The Chichester Harbour area has some amazing views. Would recommend without any hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We love this part of the world as it has so many great things to do and has a strong community. Known locally as "God's Pocket" it frequently gets more sunshine than other parts of the country - although no guarantees! We also love the fact that it is so accessible to Chichester which is a lovely Cathedral town with good shopping and a marvellous theatre.

Activity and Interests


Chichester Harbour and waterfront at Itchenor are about 30 minutes easy walk away or just a 5 minute drive and is perfect for sailing/boating and Harbour boat tours. You can also take a local ferry over to the pretty village of Bosham. West Wittering sandy beach is 10 minutes drive and has excellent surf boarding, windsurfing and kite-surfing facilities. The more local pebble beach at East Wittering (again 10 minutes drive) is good for walking and has a fantastic Fisherman's Hut with a fresh Daily Catch!


The apartment is approximately an hour's drive from both Southampton and Gatwick airports. It is also about 10 minutes by car from Chichester train station. Whilst there is a local bus service which will take you to East and West Wittering and into Chichester, it is really preferable to have a car while staying here.


Situated about a mile from the pretty sailing village of Itchenor with its delightful pub The Ship Inn, we are also only 3 miles to West Wittering Beach and about 2 miles to the excellent village of East Wittering with very good food shops including Tesco, Co-op, pharmacies, great butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer, superb fish and chips, not to mention several surf and beach shops. The area is very well endowed with restaurants, pubs and even fine dining at our local hotel.

Further Details:

Chichester town centre is an easy 10-15 minute drive and has good parking, there is also a local bus service to get in. Chichester is accessible by train from London Victoria in about an hour and 40 mins. There are good local food shops in the nearby village of East Wittering but there is also a large Tesco or Waitrose about 10 minutes drive from the property. There are a couple of great garden centres and farm shops very nearby which sell local produce and have delis or coffee shops.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn Half Term Rate
14 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas Holidays
16 Dec 2016 - 9 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Spring Half Term Rate
10 Feb 2017 - 20 Feb 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Easter Holidays 2017
24 Mar 2017 - 24 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £30

Booking Notes:
For latest availability and booking please call or text Mrs Claire Wright or email. A 50% non-returnable deposit will be requested to secure the booking with the balance payable online, by cash or cheque on arrival. Also on arrival a returnable £30 (cash or cheque) cleaning/damage deposit will be requested. (In the case of regular visitors whom we know this can be waived.)

Changeover Day:
Normal changeover day is Friday with departure by 10.30am and arrival between 3.30 and 6pm. Late arrival can be arranged. Changeover days can be flexible - please ask.

Notes on prices:
This property is available for longer lets during the winter months. For further information, please enquire to the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 22-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

Large garden for children to play in and adults to enjoy! Ideally located for family beach and sailing holidays. Also perfect for Goodwood Festival of Speed and The Revival.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Family


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Main Bathroom with bath/shower over, basin, w.c. Separate cloakroom with w.c. & basin


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with Kingsize bed, bedroom 2 with 2 singles and room for a travel cot (not provided). Bedroom 1 is accessed through bedroom 2 so ideal for a family or 4 friends who know each other well!


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Please note we have a minimum booking of 5 nights during July and August and 3 nights at other times. We offer a discounted rate for a booking of 7 nights, any extra nights over and above this are charged at the normal seasonal nightly rate. A second full week will attract the discount. Normal changeover day is Friday. Outside: The cottage has its own patio and BBQ area and use of the garden but visitors must be careful with toddlers and small children as there are a couple of ponds in the grounds! Croquet is also available. Parking is ample and safe and a trailer with boat or classic cars can be accommodated. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and bath (not beach) towels are provided and will be changed every week (unless otherwise requested for which there will be an extra charge). The apartment will be cleaned at changeover and a returnable £30 cleaning deposit will be taken.

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