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Victorian Cottage In Arundel Family Friendly & Pet Friendly with Large Garden.



Updated: 28-Nov-2016
The River House, Arundel, West Sussex - Pet Friendly, Overlooking Horse Fields & River Arun

The River House is a delightful spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom terraced 1901 house with a 180ft secluded garden, backing onto horses fields and the river Arun situated in the historic market town of Arundel.

(Sleeps 4) Dogs welcome max 2 at £15 each.


Monday 05 - Friday 09 December (4-nights) @ £275.00

Monday 12 - Friday 16 December (4-nights) @ £275.00


Thank you to all the many guests from all over the world who have come to stay at The River House and in Arundel .......... it's been a joy to meet you all.

This picturesque market town spans the River Arun between the South Downs National Park and the Sussex coastline.

Arundel is dominated by its Castle, one of the great treasure houses of England and is the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk.

This charming terraced Victorian house makes a perfect retreat for those wanting to enjoy this old historic town, with its excellent variety of restaurants, pubs, bars, tea rooms, antique shops and to explore the many attractions of Sussex and the South Coast.

Riverside walks are only 2 minutes walk away, and beautiful unspoilt beaches just 4 miles drive. Arundel Railway Station is just 12 minutes walk away on the main Victoria line just over an hour into London.

This deceptively spacious house makes the perfect holiday base for 4 people, plus an infant and up to two dogs are very welcome. (Dogs are not to be left unattended).

Arundel is a small market town 50 miles from London near the sea on the South Coast of England.

Arundel Castle, which regularly hosts exciting jousting and days of historical interest for all the family, is a wonderful place to visit with tours around the castle and beautiful walled gardens. www.arundelcastle.org/whats-on/events. There is a museum by the main entrance to the Castle and the imposing Arundel Cathedral & St Nicholas Church to visit.

Whether you just enjoy a gentle stroll or are a seasoned hiker there are breath-taking walks through Arundel Park which begin at the top the hill in town and go on for miles over the South Downs.

Swanbourne Lake, Mill Lane, is a beautiful boating lake where you can hire rowing boats or visit the Arundel Wetland Centre which has a multitude of bird wildlife www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/arundel.

There is also Mill Road Leisure Centre an 18-hole putting green (mini golf), tennis courts and Café, in Mill Road near the Castle main gates.

If you enjoy swimming the Lido open air swimming pool is on Queen Street or for Horse Riding Arundel Riding Centre is in Park Place.

Boat trips leave from the bridge in the town centre, or you can just sit in one of the cafes overlooking the water and watch the world go by.

Arundel has some wonderful festivals including vibrant Arundel Festival and Art Trail in August http://www.arundelgallerytrail.co.uk and the romantic Arundel by Candlelight in December http://www.arundel.org.uk/arundel-by-candlelight.

Arundel is very small and intimate: you don’t even need to get in the car as nowhere in town is further than about 10 minutes walk! There are fantastic antique shops all over town and many restaurants, cafes and one-off boutiques. There are shops and activities for all the family to enjoy.


If you are looking for a little culture Petworth Park is home to the National Trust’s finest art collection and a vast deer park landscaped by Capability Brown www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth-house.

There are Roman villas at Bignor and Fishbourne or the Weald & Downland Outdoor Museum which has historic houses and buildings from 13th Century to Victorian times for you to explore.

For the more mechanically minded Amberley Working Museum is a great step back through time.

Goodwood is a huge draw to the area and their special events include Glorious Goodwood, The Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival www.goodwood.com. Fontwell Racecourse is even closer for regular race meetings.

For afternoon/evening entertainment Chichester Festival Theatre and the Minerva Theatre has a wealth of highly acclaimed plays.

In Portsmouth there is a huge historic dockyard where you can go aboard old warships and ships dating back to 16th Century. From Portsmouth you can also take a hovercraft over to the Isle of Wight.

For a great day out shopping and to soak up the seaside atmosphere Brighton is a large and vibrant town.


Changeover Day:

Fridays Only - High Season. Mondays and Fridays - Mid & Low Season.

Arrival is from 3.00pm onwards & Departure Time is before 10.00am.


Mid Season: March, April, May & June - £495.00 - week. £295 - 3 night weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) or 4-night midweek break (Mon - Fri)

Low Season: October, November, December, January & February: £450.00 - week. £275 - 3 night weekend (Fri, Sat & Sun) or 4-night midweek break (Mon - Fri)

Special Holidays: Christmas, Easter and New Year: £595.00 - week (whole weeks only)

High Season: July, August and September: £595.00 full weeks only

Dogs welcome: £15 per week max 2

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My name is Jo Brown, I have lived in Arundel for 50 years since 1966 when my family moved to Arundel from Middlesex.

We would drive through Arundel on our way to visit our Grandparents living in Elmer Sands, and would regularly spend happy days in Arundel.

I work running my home as a Holiday Home and as a Sales/Administrator at the Arundel Carpet Company, in Arundel.

I am fortunate enough to live in one of the prettiest villages in West Sussex, steeped in history and with wonderful walks, tea rooms, antique shops & pubs. Growing up in Arundel most of my time was spent at the local Riding Stables, hacking across the beautiful South Downs and stunning countryside.

I am always available with help and advice to make your stay in Arundel and at The River House a pleasant experience.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for a wonderful stay at The River House, it is so well equipped, we love staying here and will be back again". Leeds

"The River House has everything we need for a comfortable stay, a great base for exploring Sussex and trips to London". Netherlands
Jan 2015
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12 Reviews

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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful visit and stay at Jo Brown's river house cottage. It was very well equipped and had everything we needed. Jo was very easy to deal with and answered any of our questions promptly. The house is a lovely modern (inside) Victorian. The weather was beautiful and we spent many hours in the beautiful backyard garden. Arundel has everything one needed and is just a short walk. After four weeks stay it was difficult for us to leave. Hope to be able to visit this part of England again.

Thanks again Jo for everything,

Molly and Bill

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments Bill & Molly. So glad you enjoyed your stay in Arundel. Lovely to have met you both, it's been fun. Jo
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like a Christmas tale

  • 5 of 5

The River House was like a home in a Christmas Tale. It`s so romantic especially in the christmas time . The River House fits with his victorian charm so well with our idea of a perfect Christmas (Home) .We all felt very comfortable here .The house is very well equipped . Joanna is the perfect host ,who knows what the guests want. -A real home from home - . We have spent a perfect Christmas with our family here and now already are planning to come back .

Thank you very much , Joanna , for the warm welcome and the surprise with the lovely christmas tree .Thank you for let us stay in your beautiful cottage !

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind & positive comments & I look forward to seeing you all again next Christmas
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We chose The River House for it's location, good write up, dog friendly and log fire. It didn't disappoint! Then house is very charming and homely but still gives the feeling of being on holiday. It was clean, tidy and we didn't want for anything. Arundel itself is such a lovely place and also a great base for visiting so many other areas. We would love to return!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments, look forward to seeing you again Jo
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Attractive homely accommodation

  • 5 of 5

The property was beautifully finished with nice furniture and lovely pictures on the walls. It was very clean, well maintained and well equipped. The owner was extremely nice and approachable, although we did not meet, she responded to queries we had. The excellent description of the property meant that we knew what to expect. I have already recommended this property to friends and relatives, and feel that the standard of this property in all respects was excellent. Beirne

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Beirne for your kind comments and review
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A very comfortable stay in Arundel.

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we opened the door we were delighted with the beautiful house, it has everything you can wish for a very comfortable stay. Clean, warm and with all the equipment provided for a self catering holiday.

We would recommend it to friends and family and consider it for another stay any time.

It has so much to offer in the surrounding area for visiting, Petworth house, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum and Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre to name but a few.

Lots of good eating places if you don't want to cook so all round a thoroughly attractive place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, warm welcome

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the River House with our two young children and would thoroughly recommend it. The house is very easy to live in, tastefully decorated, homely with a very well provisioned kitchen. It was also full of useful things from DVDs to recipe books and kept immaculately clean. The garden is a great addition. Great for kids, dogs or outside dining. The owner was very friendly and easy to deal with, and did everything she could to make our stay a comfortable one. We'd definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

3/4 NIGHT SHORT BREAKS AVAILABLE FROM £275.00: The River House is in a wonderful location, just 2-minutes walk up onto the River Bank walks and with plenty of street parking available. The River House is deceptively spacious with large rooms, open fireplace and beautiful 180ft secluded garden with BBQ and plenty of outdoor furniture. The River House makes the perfect Holiday Home for family and those with pets. Stunning views across fields to the River from the upstairs Bathroom on the 1st floor & King Size Bedroom on the 2nd floor. The house is on 3 levels, ground floor, with sitting room, kitchen/dining room & ground floor shower room. First floor with twin bedroom and victorian bathroom, and on the second floor the master king size double aspect bedroom.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Gatwick Airport at 45 Miles Nearest Barpub : Kings Arms at 0.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Portsmouth at 22 Miles Nearest Golf : Littlehampton Golf Club at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Arundel Railway Station at 1 Miles Nearest Motorway : M27 at 25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Parsons Table at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : Climping Beach at 2 Miles


West Sussex has some of the most beautiful beaches on the south coast of England.

10 minutes from Climping Beach, a quieter area of coastland. Much of the area is designated to scientific interest & nature reserve. Ideal for families & shallow swimming.

15 minutes from Littlehampton East Beach & Amusements, 2014 award winning family friendly beach.

Littlehampton West Beach & café a beautiful secluded site of scientific interest. Home to rare & protected wildlife.


Arundel Railway Station is a 12 minute walk, with regular trains to London Victoria. The cottage is a 45-minute drive to Gatwick Airport & 1 hour 30 minute drive to London Heathrow.

Portsmouth Ferries to the Continent and Isle of Wight is a 45 minute drive.


5 minutes walk to the town's many shops, restaurants & pubs

5 minute drive (15-20 minute walk) to Swanbourne Lake (rowing boat hire) the Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre and The Black Rabbit pub by the River Arun

8 minutes walk to Arundel Castle and the town quay for boat trips

10 minutes walk to Arundel Open Air Lido, children's play area and 18-hole Putting Green & Cafe,

10 minutes walk to the Co-operative Supermarket.

Further Details:

The South Downs:

Sussex by the Sea:

Amberley Museum:

Arundel Castle:

Swanbourne Lake with boats & Tea rooms

Arundel Cathedral:

Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre:

Fontwell Park Racing:

Goodwood Racing & Festival of Speed:

Arundel Lido:

Denmans Gardens:

Chichester Festival Theatre:

Brighton Pavillion:

Portsmouth Dockyard

Bignor Roman Villa:

There is a wide range of restaurants in Arundel 5-10-minutes walk from The River House, catering for all culinary tastes. There are excellent pubs in the area, the closest being The Kings Arms, 5 minutes walk.

The Mill Road 18-hole Putting Green & Café is a must .....(opposite the castle beautiful putting green in a stunning location with friendly family run cafe selling made to order lunches and homemade cakes).

The post office and ATM's are in the High Street, where you will find an array of gift shops, antique shops, tea rooms, delicatessen - Pallant of Arundel.

Arundel butchers, Castle Chocolates, Larkins - general store with home delivery. Sparks Yard - Gifts & American groceries. Arundel Brewery in the town centre. Arundel Farmers market is the third Saturday in the month. Arundel Festival fortnight is in August over the bank holiday for 10-days including the famous Arundel Gallery Trail.

Arundel Castle, home to the Duke of Norfolk and his family is open from Spring throughout the summer with regular jousting events, it also has the internationally renowned 'Collector Earls Garden' and the Fitzalan Chapel.

The 18-hole Putting Green, 2 Tennis Courts & Tea Rooms are opposite the Castle and are open from 1st April to 30th September.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
30 Sep 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15

Booking Notes:
Bookings are accepted subject to availability (and confirmed by telephone or email), and on receipt of the completed booking form with the deposit received.

The balance of the tariff must be paid 5-weeks before date of arrival.

Please visit The River House website: www.theriverhousearundel.co.uk
for all information on booking/availability information including calendar.

All bookings are from 3pm on the day of arrival until 10am on the day of departure.

Changeover Day:
Fridays Only - High Season. Mondays and Fridays - Mid & Low Season.
Arrival is from 3.00pm onwards & Departure Time is before 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
Mid Season: March, April, May & June - £495.00 - week. £295 - 3 night weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) or 4-night midweek break (Mon - Fri)

Easter Holidays 2016: 25 March - 07 April weekly bookings only at £495.00 per week
Early May Bank Holiday: 29 April - 05 May 2016 weekly bookings only at £495.00 per week

Low Season: October, November, December, January & February: £395.00 - week. £260 - 3 night weekend (Fri, Sat & Sun) or 4-night midweek break (Mon - Fri)

Special Holidays: Christmas, Easter and New Year: £595.00 - week (whole weeks only)

High Season: July, August and September: £595.00 full weeks only

Dogs £15 per week max 2

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The River House is within 5 minutes walk of the town centre, and 2 minutes to the riverbank walks. Excellent for many Arundel walks and all amenities. The benefits to the River House are that it is deceptively spacious with an open fire and not overlooked at the back of the property by other houses, it backs onto a horses field and the River Arun. Unlike town parking which has restricted time zones and pay town car parks, street parking in Ford Road is easy and never a problem.

Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • river
  • town


  • arboretum
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 22 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, ground floor bathroom with pea shaped bath with shower
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, First floor bathroom with double ended bath & hand shower
  • Bathroom 1: Ground floor modern shower room/pea shaped bath, toilet, washbasin, heated towel rail. Bathroom 2: First floor Victorian bathroom with large double ended bath, telephone shower attachment, toilet, wash basin situated next to twin room, with view across horse fields.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Twin Bedroom next to first floor bathroom
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Large king size bedroom on 2nd floor - travel cot available
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 Notes on bedrooms: On the first floor there is a twin room with wardrobe and chest of drawers next to the first floor victorian bathroom. Stairs to second floor master bedroom with king size bed, settee, built in wardrobes and chest of drawers, travel cot for infant.


  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: Door from the kitchen leading to a large enclosed lawned garden with barbecue, large paved secluded patio area at the bottom of the garden with table and chairs, and large bench seat. At the top of the garden is a smaller patio area with bench seat, plus a two seater with table at the top of the garden. A well stocked Victorian garden suitable for dogs as it is escape free. At the bottom of the garden it overlooks a large horse field, which backs onto the River Arun with walks just 2-minutes from the house. Arundel Riding Centre is just 5-minutes walk away in Park Place. It is a family run business established in 1960 by Joy Leggett, the centre is now managed by her daughter, Alison. They are pleased to be able to offer a wide range of riding experiences under the watchful eye of qualified staff. They have over twenty horses and ponies so are able to accommodate riders of all abilities from beginners through to the most experienced.

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