Arundel is renowned for its art lifestyle, unusual shops, galleries, theatres, antiques and cream teas!
The town nestling at the foot of the South Downs is dominated by Arundel Castle, dating back over 1,000 years, the ancestral seat of the Duke of Norfolk.
Far reaching views to the sea just a few miles away; the river Arun; and some of the most stunning unspoilt rolling countryside around makes Arundel a great place for a holiday.
Arundel has real old world charm and history with a wide range of restaurants and is a joy to stroll around.
South of the Downs has its own micro-climate. The amount of times we hear that it's raining in London and we're basking in sunshine are too many to number!
London is just over an hour way away at 60 miles, Brighton 25 miles and Chichester just 9 miles. There are direct rail links to London Victoria and Gatwick.
How far do you want to go?
There are literally hundreds of miles of footpaths and bridleways from our doorstep. Whether you want to follow the river into Arundel or head for the hills you will not be disappointed. The countryside is quite beautiful with sweeping vistas all around. Chalk underfoot means that it is rarely boggy, even in winter, and the views from the South Downs Way take in the Isle of Wight to the south and terrific views to the north.
And for the avid walker you have to check out The Walking Stick Shop in Arundel.
Take a look at OS map 197 from the OS map shop and start planning.
Some of our guests use us as their half-way stop from 'doing' the South Downs Way.
Leave your car in our drive and decide how far you want to go. We can advise you on and even guide you over some great rides. Out and back or circular, there's more than enough to keep you happy. If you want tough climbs we've got them with the downhills to match. There are also plenty of less gruelling trails as well so whatever your ability or fitness level you will not be disappointed.
Lastly, you will never be far from a country pub, just in case your water bottle needs topping up!
You can leave the house and be rigged, on the water and blasting in 20 minutes. If it's windy in our SW facing garden you know you're in for a good time.
The nearest beach is LA - (Little'ampton), and a quick ring round will establish wind strength and sea state. Good rigging area in the car park and launching over shingle becoming sand as the tide drops. The groynes are a long way off so even if it goes wrong you won't wreck your kit.
There are some real good sailors, you'll see Steve Waller and Jamie Hawkins looping and slashing, but there are also plenty of lesser mortals like us, so have a good time.
Low tide is great for learning and often you will look far inland to see huge cumulus clouds marching northwards beyond the Downs and you will be in perfect unspoilt sunshine.
There's a good snack bar on the beach with loos nearby so it's tout confort.
Clymping, Shoreham, Worthing, Pagham, Wittering are all within striking distance.
Goodwood is recognised as the most beautiful racecourse in the country, sitting atop the South Downs with the sea and the Isle of Wight as a backdrop.
Famous for its extensive horse racing calendar including Glorious Goodwood; a must on anyone's to-do list whether you are a serious punter or just enjoy a glamorous day out.
The famous Goodwood motor racing circuit hosts two internationally famous events a year. The Revival Festival re-creating the hey-day of motor sport; and the Festival of Speed celebrating the thrill and power of the cars that have made racing history. Both events attract thousands of people so you must book well in advance.
Goodwood also has its flying school, where light aircraft or helicopter pleasure trips can be booked and occasionally you will see a Spitfire; a classic or modern aerobatic aircraft looping the loop over Thomas Cottage.
There is a public golf course, Avisford Park, at Binsted which is easily reached via the A27, and is under 5 mile away.
There is fishing open to everyone on the River Arun which can be walked to across the fields from the house. It is not unusual to hook a sea bass on this tidal stretch.
Where do we start? From good pub grub to some very elegant dining; from chic liaisons at Le Zinc or The Muse to scones and cream, fish & chips or really brilliant Chinese, Arundel has everything you could want.
- Arundel Castle
- Arundel Festival
- Glorious Goodwood
- Goodwood Revival Festival
- Goodwood Festival of Speed
- The Feast of Corpus Christi and the Carpet of Flowers, Arundel Cathedral
- Arundel Farmer's Market (3rd Sat of the month)