Trotton Bed and Breakfast, South Downs, England

Description of Trotton Bed and Breakfast, South Downs, England

Stay in the village of Trotton, in the centre of the stunning South Downs National Park, between Petersfield and Midhurst . Trotton is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with plenty of rare wildlife, a beautiful river and the South Downs outside your back door. The charming little cottage youíll be staying has a separate annex at one end of the family home with double bedroom, private shower room and reception room for you to enjoy. Enjoy fresh free range eggs for breakfast from the free range chickens in the garden and meat from the family farm. With a pub next door and paths everywhere this lovely local village is the perfect stop over for walkers wishing to enjoy the countryside.

If youíre staying for a few days there is plenty to do in the nearby area with the beautiful towns of Midhurst, Petworth, Petersfield and Chichester nearby. Or visit some nearby attractions such as; Cowdry Park for the remarkable ruins; Petworth House and gardens; Uppark House and gardens; Goodwood Racecourse; watch golf and polo or go fishing in the River Rother. With plenty to do outside in the fresh air and places delicious places to eat nearby, you can return back to the cottage in the evening to relax and prepare yourself for tomorrow.

Rooms, food and facilities

Rental of the annex includes a reception room, private shower room on the ground floor and a spacious double room on the first floor. Delicious full English breakfast included. There is another double bedroom in the annex that can be rented out for people in the same party and 1 extra bed can be added for a child.

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How to find us

Arrive by public transport to Petersfield Train station. From there you can take the 92 bus that goes twice a day from the station towards Midhurst and get off at Trotton, Chithurst Turn. From there take a nice 2 minute walk to Spring Cottage or take a short taxi ride from Petersfield Station. If you canít get from the bus stop to the cottage we can arrange for you to be picked up.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Trotton Bed and Breakfast, South Downs, England

Environment

Initially the cottage was a 2 up, 2 down little cottage built in 1501. Since then there has been an extension attached with a separate annex at one end of the house added 5 years ago. Originally made of flint and timber, the building has now been rendered. The building has required much restoration over the years and the current owners have tried to keep it in the most original condition as possible, using local materials and workers to do the job. Restoration has included tying the walls, replacing beams, roof joists, the roof itself, electrics and plumbing. The roof is made of clay peg and tile; the walls are original and made of lath, plaster and horse hair; the ceilings are low with beams and there are open fires in every room. Even restoration work on the walls has been carefully executed to keep new walls matching with the originals by making them a bit crooked.

The cottage has its own water supply from a well and so being water conscious is important in the household. There are no chemicals used for cleaning, only green products and everything that can be is recycled or composted. There is a vegetable patch in the garden where some vegetables are grown and the chickens as well who will produce fresh eggs; they are free to roam the common and sometimes the neighbourís garden. The rest of the veg either come from our relativeís farm, or are delivered from a local veg-box scheme. The veg box is intended to promote local food and to help the environment by cutting down on food miles as everything food travels a maximum of 20 miles.

The common, woodland, flowers and chicken feed attract foxes, badgers and a range of birds. Families of Blue Tits live in the roof and hedges and bird feeders are put out in the winter when the birds need a bit of extra help finding food, as they have plenty to forage for in the summer.

Community

If you need somewhere to eat in the evenings you can visit The Keepers Arms pub next door; there you can enjoy locally brewed ales and local food. Or venture slightly further to Elsted to find more pubs and delicious food at The Three Horsehoes. For recommendations of things to see and do there are attractions nearby to get a feel for the beauty and history of the surrounding area with nearby attractions such as; Cowdray Park for the remarkable ruins; Petworth House and gardens; Uppark House and gardens; Goodwood Racecourse. You can watch golf and polo in Midhurst or visit the towns of Petworth, Petersfield and Chichester nearby. St Georges Church boasts some of the earliest medieval wall paintings and famous brasses and there is also a Monastery just a 10 minute walk down the road, making this a perfect place to stay so to attend the Monastery in the daytime.

The village of Trotton has a great community spirit and the locals meet in The Keepers Arms once a month to catch up with each other; thereís also a community bonfire which is nice to get involved in. The quintessentially English annual Trotton garden fete & Duck Race along the River Rother is always a September highlight. Thereís a tombola, raffle , traditional fete games and you can enjoy a cup of tea and cake in the beautiful garden of a glorious house. Families can have a great day out and all proceeds go to the local St Georges Church.

Landscape

Surrounding the cottage there are brilliant views of the South Downs National Park from the front and the back. You can look on to the surrounding Iping common. From the terrace you can observe open farmland, fields with horses, sheep and cattle. When the River Rother is high you can see it winding through some of the fields in the distance. There are plenty of circular walks to do in the area to experience the landscape to the full and arrive back at Trotton. Depending on how long you want to walk for, we can make appropriate recommendations. A particular favourite walk is down the Chithurst lane and along the River Rother to Stedham. Walking along the river and through farmland and woodland is nice and sheltered. Go across the stone bridges over the river, through Stedham and Iping and back across the heathland to Trotton.

The amount of wildlife in the local area is remarkable as Trotton Common is a Specific Site of Scientific interest. You might witness Smooth Skin Snakes, Grass Snakes, Adders and very rare Minotaur Beetles. There is an incredible amount of birds in the trees and gardens; you might see Buzzards, Nightjars, Finches, Wood Pigeons, Owls, Song Birds and Woodpeckers. The Blue Tits that live in the roof and hedges are more than welcome and only really cross paths when we canít cut the hedges because we donít want to upset thier nesting.

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