About Gail Gower
I grew up in the Scottish Highlands where I developed a huge love of nature, wildlife and lots of sport. At school, a passion for the arts was nurtured and went on to study History of Art at university. My first job was as a trainee antique specialist in Oriental Art.
Gail Gower purchased this Bungalow in 2003
Why Gail Gower chose Chichester
My family and I used to live in London. Every weekend we would head down here to the south coast where we enjoyed kite-surfing, windsurfing, mountain-biking and exploring the different landscape and seascapes to be found in this very special area.
What makes this Bungalow unique
My family and I fell in love with the Old Manor House and it's beautiful garden and parkland. There has been a house recorded here since 1066 and the present Manor house is Carolean, built in 1677. It's a very special place which we very much enjoy sharing with our guests.
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Lovely cottage with fabulous grounds. Very peaceful. Tennis court and trampolines a huge bonus for the kids! Would definitely return.
A dream holiday home.
Gail is a friendly and welcoming hostess. The cottage and its environs are totally beautiful; we were torn between the desire to spend more time there and the plans we had made to visit local attractions! The cottage is furnished and finished to a 'designer' standard and the beds and soft furnishings are sooooo comfortable. Chichester is a lovely place and Arundel is "not to be missed". We will definitely return.
Great place to stay
Every bit as good as the photos suggest. Very quiet and secluded location. Accommodation excellent in terms of space and quality. Excellent pub restaurant a few minutes walk away and easy access to the canal. Gail (the host) very welcoming.
Great cotttage in a marvellous setting
We loved the spaciousness, the oriental pictures and ornaments,and the peaceful outlook. Having bedrooms at opposite ends of the building was also helpful. There is ample space to sit out in the sun at all times of day. The gardens and arboetum are lovely to wander through. And just 10 minutes drive into Chichester.
Very lovely and individually furnished. Gail is a very friendly host.
Fabulous comfy, spacey, welcoming cottage.
A really nice place to stay, conveniently situated. Spacious and well equipped with a nice comfy bed! Excellent friendly booking communication from Gail. Gardens and surroundings would look even better in the summer sunshine. Wouldn't hesitate to re-book.
The Old Manor House Cottage has an excellent location which is both very rural and private, but close to the sea, the South Downs and the Roman city of Chichester, not to mention many areas of historical interest and outstanding beauty . The cottage sits in a large, well manicured garden and parkland. Positioned on the north bank of the Chichester Canal providing access, on foot or bike, into the heart of Chichester in one direction and Chichester Marina and estuary in the other where you will find the delightful Boat House cafe, excellent for a hearty breakfast or a picturesque cup of coffee or afternoon tea, with fabulous views over the harbour.
There is a charming pub, the Blacksmiths Arms, a mere 5-minute (0.4-miles) walk away where you can eat inside or out in the stylish outdoor chill area.
We're close to the famous Blue Ribbon beaches of West Wittering and East Head a 15-minute drive away (6.48-miles) and the beautiful South Downs where you'll find the famous Kingley Vale with the oldest yew trees in Europe some estimated at 2,000-yrs-old. If you feel energetic, you can climb to the top of Kingley Vale where you'll encounter fabulous views across endless English countryside and far out across the distant waters of the english Channel.
Although the immediate setting of the cottage is rural and peaceful, it is also very close to Chichester City centre and all the amenities there: the famous Festival Theatre, Novium Museum, Pallant House Art Gallery, Roman remains and wall, Norman Cathedral with free-standing Medieval tower, cinema, restaurants and quaint shopping area in the Georgian city centre.
The nearest airports are Gatwick, Southampton, Heathrow and Bournemouth. The nearest train stations are Chichester and Havant, the former 5-minutes away and the latter 10-minutes.
There are endless local activities, here I will list a few: moutain-biking, road-biking, wake-boarding, sailing, waterskiing, paddle-boarding, windsurfing, kite-surfing, golf, horse-riding and walking. Some great local sites we've already mentioned, but here are a few more: Fishbourne Roman Palace (the most important Roman Palace North of the Alps); Arundel Castle; Nelson's ship, the Victory, in Portsmouth; the beautiful gardens and arboretum of West Dean; and Bronze Age remains in the South Downs National Park.
If at all possible, do bring your bikes. You can access the Centurion Way, the heart of Chichester, Chichester Marina and estuary, on foot or bike, without having to get into your car.