Hornbeam Cottage – Location and environs

Chichester Cathedral from the South West

Chichester Cathedral from the South West

Chichester and the shoreline

Hornbeam Cottage is in a wonderful location.  The lovely small City of Chichester is pedestrianised, with great shopping and restaurants.  Its ancient Cathedral, famous theatres and wonderful art galleries, are only 10 minutes away by car. The sea at Bosham with its Saxon Church is situated on an inlet of Chichester Harbour and is just 5 minutes away and is great for leisurely strolls along its shores and is very picturesque.

Pub lunches and afternoon teas can be found in many different venues on the sea shores, in a number of nearby harbours, Itchenor and Dell Quay for example, as well as cream teas in the many Downland villages.

Pubs and Restaurants

Bowl of Mussels and glasses of cold white wine

Bowl of Mussels and glasses of cold white wine courtesy of the Earl of March

Our village of West Ashling has its own wonderful pub, the Richmond Arms, famous for its cuisine and a short walk from our gate. Alternatively stroll along the footpath to East Ashling to The Horse and Groom.  As an alternative place to eat, very close to the cottage, it’s a drive of just two minutes to The Fox and Hounds in Funtington.

A few minutes’ drive away are The Earl of March and The Royal Oak in Lavant.

Beaches are 20 minutes away at The Witterings and Bracklesham Bay where there is surfing and wind surfing, but beware the tides when bathing. There are long sandy beaches and sand dunes too. The road to the coast can get busy in the summer.

Cinema, Theatre and Art

If you want to go to the theatre look up Chichester Festival Theatre for its comprehensive programme. For Cinemas there is a Cineworld Multiplex and to see wonderful Art visit the Pallant House Gallery which has an international reputation and one of the finest collections of Modern British Art in the world. If you enjoy modern art, try and find time to visit The Oxmarket Centre of Arts, off East Street.

For Sculpture you can also visit The Cass Foundation, near Goodwood and just 5 miles from the cottage. It has 26 acres of wonderful contemporary Sculpture and incredible international exhibitions.

Goodwood – Golf, Horse Racing, Motor Sports, flying – and art!

Goodwood is 5 miles from us and it has its own Golf Club and Hotel and an Festival of Speed amazing collection of fine art. It is known across the world for its Horse Racing and its Motor Racing Circuit which doubles as a working aerodrome. It hosts two particularly popular and famous Motor Racing events, The Festival of Speed which is held in June and The Revival in September which bring up to 250,000 enthusiasts from across the globe.

A little further afield

Arundel Castle from the air

Arundel Castle from the air

Arundel with its castle and lovely town is not far away and Petworth with its host of antique shops and the National Trust’s stately home Petworth House is close by too.

Petworth House

Petworth House from the lake

There are so many places to visit …………………too many to mention.

Horse Riding is available in local stables but our own horses are kept for private use.