Midhurst bed & breakfast, South Downs, England

Description of Midhurst bed & breakfast, South Downs, England

Soak up the atmosphere and heritage of Dunford House - birthplace to Richard Cobden - and grounds. The conservatory, designed by Joseph Paxton, houses an array of interesting plants.

Situated at the foot of the South Downs the surrounding woodlands are a haven for wildlife, where you may see an abundant mix of animals and birds. For those interested in trees, fauna and moss there is an assortment of these, making a short or a long walk of environmental interest. The boundary to the west is a delightful stream, a tributary to the West Sussex River Rother.

Dunford House is a perfect, peaceful location for groups of friends, relatives or for a group getting together with a common interest and can be booked for exclusive use. Perhaps a venue for a crafts, art, photography, music or a team building course in one of the unique rooms such as the Music Room or Cobden Library, in the beautiful grounds or visit the house simply to enjoy a relaxing retreat break. There is a small private chapel on site that can be used for quiet reflection and prayer. Dunford House also welcomes faith groups.

There is an abundance of walks and cycle routes along the South Downs plus special sites of historical interest and places to visit such as Cowdray Ruins, Weald and Downland Museum, Chichester Cathedral, Arundel Castle and Goodwood Racecourse.

Special needs can be accommodated and catered for. Please contact us to discuss any requirements.

This is what our customers have said:
“A very tranquil location - ideal for escaping from the daily hustle and bustle of work & concentrating on a course.”

"Your staff are like old friends who have invited us for the weekend and can't do enough to make us feel welcome. Well done."

Rooms, food and facilities

Accommodation
30 bedrooms consisting:
9 Double or Family rooms with en-suite facilities
14 Single rooms with en-suite facilities
5 twin bedded rooms with en-suite facilities.
2 Single bedded rooms with a shared bathroom

All bedrooms individually styled with attention to detail
Towels & Toiletries provided in each room
Fair-trade Tea & Coffee making facilities

Catering
• All meals prepared in house using Fresh produce from local suppliers where possible
• Meals are freshly prepared to fit in with your goup programme
• Private Dining, BBQ’s and special meals can be arranged
• We pride ourselves on catering for Special dietary requirements positively
• Unlimited Fair-trade Tea & Coffee served in the Lounge/Bar area
• Fair-trade Wine & Bar snacks available

60 Acres of private Grounds
Giant Jenga, Chess and Croquet
FREE Wireless Internet Connection
Free car parking
Secure Storage for bikes

Map

Vouchers
Not Accepted

How to find us

By Train
From London Waterloo - Haslemere station plus 20 minutes by taxi.
From Chichester station 30 mins by taxi.

By Road
A286 Chichester to Midhurst/Haslemere.
30mins from A3 (Hindhead Tunnel)

By Air
Gatwick – Approx 40 miles by car
Heathrow – Approx 50 miles by car

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Midhurst bed & breakfast, South Downs, England

Environment

Maintaining the values of Richard Cobden, the Victorian proponent of free trade whose home we use, is important to us. Fairly traded tea & coffee are used and other products such as fairtrade white and red wine and bar snacks and we offer organic beers.
Dunford House consistently uses sustainable fuel in the lounge area during the winter months.
We re-cycle waste plastic, glass & paper and actively encourage our guest to re-cycle all discarded waste wherever possible.
Our ongoing Woodlands Management Plan maintains the natural environment of the grounds around the property to ensure Dunford House everyday activities and guests have a minimal adverse affect on the area.
Dunford House consults with the South Downs National Park Authority to constantly review opportunities to implement environmentally sustainable tools/products and resources. Future projects and new developments will be listed as they happen. Dunford House welcomes 'green' feedback and suggestions from its guests.
Local wildlife includes, Kingfishers, Dragonflies, Bats, and Woodpeckers.

Community

When available, fresh, local organic produce is purchased for the preparation and cooking of well balanced and nutritionally sound meals use and free range eggs.
Dunford House supports the local town of Midhurst in promoting the destination as a meeting, conference and holiday destination. Investing in our local people is important in order that your investment in using our venue is worthy. We care about individuals, those that use our facilities and our staff team.
Dunford House is part of YMCA England. The YMCA Movement has grown to become one of the biggest Christian charities in the world working in over 120 countries with 30 million members worldwide. Founded 160 years ago, the YMCA builds on a long history of providing a place for young people to find acceptance, community and activity. With around 150 YMCA member associations in England providing professional and relevant services that make a difference to the lives of young people in over 250 communities.

Landscape

Dunford House is set in the heart of the South Downs National Park in woodland on clay and sandstone, distinctive to this area of the national park and close to the medieval town of Midhurst, mainly constructed by local sandstone. Dunford House encourages use of the natural woodland for nature trails, where an abundance of generally undisturbed wildlife can be seen.
Dunford has a choice of walks printed and readily available. The shortest of these guides you around Dunford unspoilt woodland with markers at points of interest. If you have more time you can choose from different routes around the village, through the forest, into Midhurst or onto the South Downs Way, all have estimated time, distance and type of terrain.
The South Downs National Park's purpose is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and heritage of the area. Dunford House is dedicated to working with the South Downs National Park Authority to preserve and support the environment for all to enjoy and so we have an abundance of local knowledge to help and give free advice to our guests. Maps and historical literature are available at the House.

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