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Charming Flint Stone Cottage In Grounds Of Pretty Private Property

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Claire Wright
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2018

About Claire Wright

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.

Why Claire Wright chose Birdham

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Birdham in Chichester District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • 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
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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 4
  • 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!
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
Notes on accommodation: Please note we have a minimum booking of 5 nights during July and August and school holidays and 3 nights at other times. We offer a discounted rate for a one week booking, i.e. 7 nights for the price of 6!, 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 £50 cleaning deposit will be taken.


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Charming Flint Stone Cottage In Grounds Of Pretty Private Property
average rating of 4.7586207 based on 30 reviews

A fully equipped, comfortable cottage in a tranquil setting.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean, and had pretty much everything you needed for a stay. It was perfect for our girlie getaway, close to Portsmouth for shopping, Chichester for nice restaurants and the beautiful beaches were also nearby. We enjoyed drinks on the little patio and Clare was a helpful, friendly host.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply lovely

  • 5 of 5

This is an excellent cottage for anyone who wants to cycle or ramble around the Witterings and Chichester Harbour. The owners are utterly charming and responded instantly to our requests for minor adjustments/additions. The cottage is modern inside, very quiet, and has everything you would want for a week long stay. Suitable for a couple, and up to two (small) children.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah. It was very nice to meet you both and we hope to welcome you again one day. Claire
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Lovely cosy cottage in a beautiful location.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is beside the main house, and surrounded by a beautiful and extensive garden. The kids enjoyed running around the garden and trying to look for the deer in the nearby forest. The location is very good, with lots of things to do nearby - a few minutes drive to Itchenor Harbour, West Wittering beach, Fishbourne Roman Palace and Chichester. The cottage is well equipped and decorated nicely. The kitchen is upstairs with a lovely view to the main front garden. It's well equipped, including dishwasher. There is a small courtyard with a table for dining outside, which had plenty of sun - although it was by the path to the main house, so no complete privacy. The owners were very friendly and flexible. They do not have dogs onsite. It's worth noting that there is a separate spare room under the cottage bedrooms with separate access which is not part of the rented cottage. Although used only in one occasion by relatives of the owners, there is not enough sound proof between the bedrooms. The living room is downstairs with views to the front garden. Cosy sofas and lots of DVDs and books available for relaxing evenings. There is good heating in the house. Parking is available in the main yard. Overall, it is a lovely cottage and we would recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review and we're glad you enjoyed your stay. For clarification purposes there is no separate accommodation underneath the bedrooms of our cottage but there is a garage which is very occasionally used as a playroom/den by our visiting family. This was Easter weekend and we did have family staying and my young nephews camped overnight in the garage as we were short of space in the main house. Given the comments in this review we will endeavour to make sure this situation does not arise again with future guests.
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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: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 01-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Birdham, Sussex

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Easter Holidays 2018
30 Mar 2018 - 23 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Day Bank Holiday 2018
4 May 2018 - 8 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018 Half Term Rate
25 May 2018 - 4 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Goodwood Festival of Speed '18
11 Jul 2018 - 16 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer Season 2018
17 Jul 2018 - 5 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Goodwood Revival 2018
6 Sep 2018 - 10 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn Half Term 2018
19 Oct 2018 - 29 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas Holidays 2018/19
14 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
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 £50

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 £50 (cash) 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.

50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure a booking. This is payable by online bank transfer or Sterling cheque, details for payment will be supplied by email in response to a booking request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.