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Chalk Cottage

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Westbourne, near Chichester, Sussex
Grade 4 Star rating
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This holiday property, full of character and charm, is set in a village location - ideal for a couple who wish to discover Chichester and the local area.

This delightful, character 17th-century cottage is located next to the square in the picturesque village of Westbourne, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Chalk Cottage is one of 66 cottages mentioned in it. This lovely, quaint village has a shop and post office, a selection of pubs with dining, and a historic church, all a few yards away. Dating back to the Georgian period, this deceptively spacious home would have been the coach house which allowed the carriages to access the former Lamb Hotel. The bedroom and bathroom on the first floor would have formed an arch for the horse and carts to proceed underneath – the ground floor has since been built, in more recent years, to provide the current living/dining room and kitchen. Steeped in history, Chalk Cottage boasts features such as sash windows and exposed wooden beams in the bedroom. The living/dining room has alcoves and there is a fire surround housing an electric woodburner. A door leads from the kitchen to an enclosed, secluded courtyard, ideal for enjoying an aperitif or al fresco dining.

There is so much to do in the area, with excellent walking, hiking and birdwatching in the South Downs National Park. The market town of Emsworth is only a 10-minute drive, with a train station, a host of cafés, pubs and restaurants, as well as a mill pond and estuary where many birds and other wildlife can be seen, and where scenic waterside walks can be enjoyed. Many attractions and National Trust homes are within easy reach, as well as Chichester with its cathedral, leisure facilities, Goodwood and Fontwell races. Also, historic Portsmouth with designer shopping outlets, historic dockyard, ferries to the Isle of Wight, Spinnaker Tower and more. Beaches including Emsworth and West Wittering are also nearby. Slightly further, visit The New Forest to the west and Arundel Castle to the east. Golf, riding, sailing walking, cycling can all be enjoyed nearby. Hot air balloon flights can be arranged with the owner. Shop, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

Living/dining room with electric woodburner. Kitchen with door to courtyard garden. Steep stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with sash windows. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Bluetooth radio
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture
  • Roadside parking
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking

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  • Dishwasher
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    We enjoyed our time in the chalk cottage

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/05/2018
    Had a great time visiting the old haunts I hadn’t been back to since childhood - luckily the weather was on our side - the cottage is in a very central, peaceful location - was a great way to spend the bank holiday

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 25/05/2018
    A very well located cottage for all we wanted to do and it was interesting to learn of the history of the cottage. Exceptionally well presented bathroom and kitchen with equipment available. Did think that perhaps pots and pans had been dishwasher washed as there was a powdery film over some of them and they had to be washed before use. Had to contact owner over one small issue and she was very obliging. A lovely welcome pack had been left for us. Amenities in village were very good re shopping and eating out. Fantastic chip shop!! Parking was a bit of concern as there was no guaranteed parking spot so you were always a little concerned about finding one. We always did but a walk away from cottage.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/05/2018
    We wanted a bolt hole to visit family and friends, this did this 100%. Would use it again and also would recommend it. Small which we wanted, very cosy and well equipped.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/03/2018
    Lovely weekend 😀. Enjoyed staying in this cosy, comfortable and well equipped cottage. Had a fantastic tramp around Thorney Island - muddy. Grey, sometimes sunny, dry muddy, birds a plenty, bird song, signs of spring, more mud and a picnic! A perfect weekend 👍🏻.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2018
    Great place to stay for Goodwood events and if your diet is restricyed and you need to prepare your own food No parking directly outside, but during 3 days stay I had no problem finding a spot close by

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 16/03/2018
    Very good cottage. Very convenient for the coop, the pub and the good Indian restaurant.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/02/2018
    Was everything we required for our winter break

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/12/2017
    It's the second time at Chalk Cottage for me and I shall be returning. The owners clearly make sure it's looked after well and beautifully presented. All rooms are tastefully decorated, the bathroom is excellent and the kitchen well stocked with all the accessories that you need.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/11/2017
    Excellent location to visit the places near where we used to live.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 17/11/2017
    We booked this holiday to facilitate house hunting in Chichester and on reflection it was a little bit too far away. However, as a property it was comfortable, compact and had easy access to the greater area. We had feared parking may have been a problem but it wasn't and on 3 occasions we were able to park directly outside the house.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Chalk Cottage and we're glad you enjoyed your time there.....I have checked the travel time from Westbourne to Chichester and Google states the Market Cross can be reached within 21 min and 8.4 miles which is pretty quick. Parking for the property is usually available at the front of the cottage or around the village square. I hope your house hunting in the local area was a success during your stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 03/11/2017
    We had a fantastic week in Chalk Cottage. The house is equipped with everything you could possibly need - the owners have really thought of everything. The village is small and quiet but there’s a couple of nice pubs, a co-op and a good Indian so no need to travel further afield. The surrounding area is absolutely beautiful and we’ll definitely stay at Chalk Cottage if we are down that way again.

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9.3 out of 10 – based on 35 reviews collected by Reevoo
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