The property was built in the 18th Century by the groom to the bedchamber of George II as a smallpox isloation hospital (and featured on the BBC's House Detectives) but is now a large comfortable family home. The large garden has mature flower beds, fruit trees and a large pond (fenced) with an island. The property itself is set in the middle of a wood in the Kingley Vale Nature Reserve within South Downs National Park but is only a 20 minute drive from Chichester and the market town of Petersfield. The property is 15 minutes drive from Goodwood and 30 minutes drive from West Wittering beach.
- House3700 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
House in Chilgrove, nr. Chichester, Sussex, England - Rural Location In South Downs National Park, Near Chichester, West Sussex, England
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 18, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A hidden gem
This property is absolutely superb. I rented it for a weekend-long birthday party with some friends, and it was perfect. A beautiful house, with all the facilities you may need, a great, understanding and friendly owner, and it's so wonderfully remote it really is unlike anything else.
Lovely family house in a gorgeous rural setting
We went on a family Christmas celebration weekend - 12 of us in total ranging from 88 to 5 years of age - and stayed in this lovely, spacious, warm and welcoming rural retreat, steeped in history and situated in the middle of a nature reserve. Yes, the long track to the house is definitely an adventure, but if you don't mind that, then it's well worth the effort - quite unlike anywhere I've stayed before. It is so quiet and enchanting, it almost feels like you've discovered a 'secret' in the middle of the forest. All the facilities you could possibly need are on site - as it is, I believe, a family home. Cleanliness is fine - perhaps not hotel standard, if that's what you're looking for - but if you're a chaotic family (like us) or large group of friends, then it feels like a home-from-home, with so much to keep you entertained - including a piano, a drum kit, TV/DVD, books, huge gardens and long, lovely walks right on your doorstep. The interior is wonderful too - with loads of period features like flagstone floors, large fireplaces, ancient heavy wooden doors; and we particularly loved the kids bedroom - which sleeps 4 and looks just like the Peter Pan nursery. The owner could not have been more helpful and accommodating, and even let us bring the family dog, who loved it too! A very special place, highly recommended.
Idyllic weekend get away
A unique experience! We had a fabulous time.
Idyllic location in the middle of a nature reserve, with countless walks on the doorstep. Great pub at the end of the long driveway.
House is full of history, really old and quirky but with all modern comforts.
My wife and I, along with her family had a fantastic weekend at the house in January. Not only is the history of the house fascinating, but it is also incredibly practical for accommodating larger groups without feeling it was ever crowded.
The house offers all that you need (large, practical kitchen, clean, comfortable bedrooms and modern, well-equipped bathrooms etc) without losing any of its charm.
What makes the house unique though is the setting. We were given more than adequate warning and information on navigating the track to the house and had absolutely no problems getting in and out in standard hatchbacks and after rain. The experience of spending the weekend in the middle of a woodland nature reserve is one we'll not forget so a small price worth paying in any case. There's a very nice pub back on the main road opposite the track which is in walking distance and also serves excellent food. Supermarkets and other shops are only a short drive back down towards Chichester.
Difficult to do this house justice in a short review but we were already planning our next visit there as we were leaving after what felt like too short a stay. Rachel, the owner, couldn't have been more helpful and informative and even went to the effort of going to the house a few days before our arrival to turn the central heating on and make sure the house was warm and inviting for when we arrived.
I can't think there's another place like this and absolutely perfect for having a family celebration or even just a few days to unwind and relax. Very highly recommended!
Canadians in Narnia
We are 9 Canadians between the ages of 30 - 40 that had a wedding to attend at Stansted Park. Part of the events were held in Chichester, while the wedding itself was held on the opposite end of town at Stansted Park. Chilgrove seemed the most reasonable place to find accommodations as we were going to rely solely on taxi services to and from the events in the 3 day span and this house was right in the middle of both locations. This massive country home is stunning, beautifully decorated, spotless and the amount of large rooms seemed endless with one even tucked away in a cozy attic (you could easily miss the door if you weren’t paying attention). The grounds are rustic which added so nicely to the centre piece of the home and when you do a little research, you will be surprised to find a rich with some very notable names tied to it. Some important things to note: the roads leading up to the house are unmaintained and you will experience pot holes on the way to the house so drive slowly, especially if it rains but Rachel will underscore this for you. The road is about 10 to 15 mins away from the main road so if you are looking for a home off the beaten path, then this one is a gem! Just make sure you have all of your food, snacks, drinks and alcohol before venturing to the house as there isn’t anything nearby except the White Horse Inn that serves brunch and dinner and also a small wine shop on the corner that is very reasonably priced. If you’re like us and wearing your finest (cuz of the wedding), then take heed and bring some different shoes or boots as the road can get a little messy after it rains. It is, after all, set back in the woods. There are very specific instructions about the heat, water and other amenities so pay very close attention or like us, you will be left scrambling trying to figure out why we couldn’t get heat and hot water. With 9 people getting ready, this oversight could mean the world of difference getting to your engagements on time and fresh and clean. All the instructions are written out in detail so be careful not to overlook any of them; however Rachel is just a phone call away and she encourages you to reach out should there be any questions, concerns or hiccups along the way. It was a short stay but we enjoyed our stay in what we coined as the home in Narnia and hoped we could have actually relaxed and enjoyed the home than just spend it in between functions.
A lovely retreat in the forest
We booked this house as a surprise for my Dad's 70th birthday - we were a group of 6 adults and 5 children. We all LOVED the house, it is a really special place in a unique spot in the middle of woods. Yes the track to the house is a bit of a trek, but we drove carefully and had no damage to our cars. (However, I would point out that it is a bridleway and may not be suitable for sporty or very expensive cars!!!)
For us, the house was ideal as we spent most of our weekend there, enjoying the surroundings, the gardens and with a bit of exploring on foot through the woods and geocaching with the kids. The children were aged 2-12 and all had a great time playing games in the garden... We enjoyed being back to nature away from the stresses of normal life and away from technology! A real retreat!
It also has a fascinating history and we enjoyed reading the file all about it.
I would add that the owner still uses the house and so there are a lot of their personal possessions there, which is fine, but there are a few cupboards out of bounds. I found the cleanliness to be of a reasonably good standard.
We had a problem with hot water, but the owner couldn't have been more helpful as she sent a plumber out straight away and personally came to apologise, so we couldn't have asked for more.
So if you're looking for somewhere with plenty of character away from the hustle and bustle of every day life, I would definitely recommend this house.
Coast/Beach: Beaches from 20 minutes by car, Chichester harbour is 20 minutes, West Wittering beaches (sand) and Pagham (pebbles) are 30 minutes by car. Travel: You will need a car to get here as there is no public transport. Gatwick and Heathrow and both apporximately 1 hour's drive. Portsmouth is 40 minutes' drive and has ferries to France and the Isle of Wight. I would advise that taxis should drop off and pick up from the road because some taxis may not be happy to drive along the bridleway.....it will depend on the driver. Distances: Chilgrove (The White Horse PH) is walking distance, Stoughton and Walderton villages can also be reached on foot. Chichester (with its theatre and multiplex cinema and bowling centre) and Petersfleld can both be reached in 20 minutes by car. Goodwood race course and Goodwood race track are both 15-20 minutes' drive.