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This idyllic 17th Century Cottage and Chapel with its fascinating history, located in the beautiful West Sussex countryside and surrounded by fabulous open views of the South Downs provides a truly unique bed-and-breakfast experience.

It is situated five miles from the historical city of Chichester, with its Festival Theatre and magnificent Cathedral, six miles from the beautiful golden sands of West Wittering beach, four miles from Goodwood and its renowned events and twelve miles from historic Arundel Castle. This is a beautiful area for walking, riding and cycling and offers a wealth of cultural and outdoor pursuits.

Our accommodation consists of large luxurious private suites, with en-suite bathrooms, a separate lounge area with comfortable sofa and a private patio area with chairs should you wish relax and watch the beautiful sunset. We have two luxurious suites in the 17th century Chapel with its vaulted ceilings, a Cottage Garden Suite and a beautiful Cottage twin room adjacent to the main cottage.

They are definitely not just ordinary bed and breakfast rooms. All of our suites have sweeping views of the countryside and are fully equipped with large plasma TVs, ipod and iphone docking stations, digital radio and alarm, free wifi, tea making facilities, Dolce Gusto coffee machines, hairdryer, luxurious dressing gowns and quality toiletries.

For larger groups, the Chapel, sleeping up to four people in its two luxurious Suites, can be booked as a whole. The Cottage Garden Suite and the Cottage twin room, sleeping up to four people, can also be booked together.

A wide range of tasty breakfasts are served in the dining room of the main cottage. Other facilities include safe off-road parking.

THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF OUR BUILDINGS

The Cottage and Chapel date back to 1611 and were built by the owner of the farm at the time. The Chapel is beautifully constructed from stone and flint and is located within the garden. It was last used as a Chapel around 1847. The Cottage was then reinstated and rendered, giving it the appearance of a newer building.

During the Second World War, after the Battle of Britain, when plans commenced for the invasion of France, the Cottage and Chapel became part of Operation Hadrian and formed one of the eighty two advanced landing grounds in the South of England with a number of British and Norwegian squadrons based here. The Cottage was used as the Paymaster’s and Flight Control offices. During the time of the Norwegians, Crown Prince Olav visited and stayed in the Cottage. Clarke Gable was another famous visitor - he was shot at whilst flying across the Channel and had to make an emergency landing here.

Mustangs, Typhoons and Spitfires all used the airfield and, at the height of its use, nearly one hundred planes, including Avro Ansons, ferried the casualties from D Day and carried plasma to Normandy. A local brewery used to fill an empty Spitfire bomb with beer before it was delivered to France to the great delight of the troops.

The front porch of the Chapel was knocked out to allow aircraft engines to be repaired inside, as was the the south side of the Cottage to gain more visibility of the runway. But it has all been lovingly and tastefully restored and we now look forward to welcoming you and making your stay with us truly exceptional.




David & Teresa


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Idyllic and picturesque,

17th Century luxury

accommodation in the

beautiful South Downs