Romantic and luxurious little hideaway, with stunning views and South Downs' walking
This former barn was restored and upcycled into its beautiful modern incarnation by a builder who once specialised in treehouses. He’s used his unusual skillset to coax a light-filled double-height set-up from the small space, hiding a kingsize bed on a mezzanine floor, and aligning a skylight with the pillows for stargazing. It feels adventurous and luxurious all at once, a steep staircase and gnarled wooden beams blending with underfloor heating, a midnight-blue sofa and a sweet little kitchenette.
You’re tucked away in the grounds of a 17thC brick and flint farmhouse, with bi-fold doors opening onto your private garden and views stretching for miles over the South Downs. It’s a true countryside retreat yet an easy hop from London. If you’re after an idyllic little hideaway for long walks, pub lunches, and plenty of indulgent detail (candles, blankets, a welcome hamper), you’ll love this grown-up spin on the childhood dream.
Getting here: drive or train to Chichester or Petersfield then taxi (10 mins)
- Stunning walks lead from the front door; up and over Kingley Vale nature reserve. The owner can recommend a great pub stop for lunch, with views of the Isle of Wight.
- Or hire bikes in nearby Fishbourne and cycle to and around South Downs National Park.
- It’s a mile or so to the fantastic White Horse at Chilgrove for lunch or dinner, or zip over to The Royal Oak at East Lavant (a Tatler favourite).
- Pop into Chichester to admire its ancient Cathedra and picturesque harbour. Petworth is lovely too, with cobbled streets and half-timbered houses.
- The Wittering beaches are lovely for a swim/surf; West Wittering is incredibly unspoilt. Or drive 30 mins to Hayling Island, a little seaside island fringed by a long pebble beach
- The owner recommends a day at Weald Down; historic houses and agricultural buildings dating from the 13thC to Victorian times, rescued from destruction and rebuilt in a magnificent parkland setting. You’re also close to Uppark House (National Trust House and Gardens).