To really get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, head for a rustic retreat in a rural location and feel the stress drift away. With so many villages and hamlets nestled into West Sussex’s landscape, there are a plethora of cottages, converted barns and guesthouses to choose from.
The Artisan Bakehouse Cottages, Ashurst
Tucked away in five acres of woodland and gardens, this 16th century farmhouse houses two beautiful cottages that create the perfect countryside experience. Immerse yourself into rural life and take a breadmaking workshop at the Bakehouse, feed the chickens, spot the amazing local wildlife, or indulge in some relaxation treatments from a visiting therapist.
Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield
For a more luxurious stay that retains all the character of a country home, check into Ockenden Manor. Dating back to the 1500s, this Elizabethan manor house offers a range of cosy bedrooms and suites, with a spa nestled into a walled garden. You’ll be well placed to enjoy country walks, stopping along the way to sample the flavours of Sussex in one of many traditional English pubs.
The Shepherds Return, Pullborough
Modelled on a traditional 16th century shepherds hut, The Shepherds Return provides a cosy retreat with a wood burning stove and rustic-style furnishings. Wake up at the foot of the South Downs with a breakfast hamper of organic ingredients delivered to your door, before setting off to your next adventure.
Arun Valley Bed and Breakfast, Arundel
Arun Valley is a charming, family-run bed and breakfast situated on Houghton Farm, within easy walking distance of two local pubs and close to the market town of Arundel. Known for their warm welcome and hospitality, your stay at Arun Valley will be unlike any other B&B you’ve experienced.
Millstream Hotel and Restaurant, Bosham
Once three 17th century workmen’s cottages, the Millstream hotel sits alongside a stream that runs into the Bosham Quay. There are plenty of opportunities to explore rural West Sussex from here, with its harbours, beaches and gardens all around, or you can simply relax and enjoy an afternoon tea within the gardens.
Why not have a look at some of our suggested weekend itineraries to ensure you get the most of your rural getaway?