Location:Petersfield, Hampshire, South Downs National ParkSee map here
Description of Bed & breakfast near Petersfield in Hampshire, England
This old Victorian cottage is located right by the woods, just a mile and a half from the market town of Petersfield in the South Downs National Park. Stay in our double room and wake up to start your day off with a delicious breakfast before you set out into the countryside or nearby towns. The cottage is in a lovely location and you can head straight into the woods for a lovely walk; the South Downs Way is not too far away if you want to join the trail. Or pop into Petersfield for a day of wandering.
There are local pubs within walking distance where you can relax with some food and a drink and Petersfield has more great pubs, restaurants, tea rooms and places to do crafts. Midhurst is a beautiful historic town that isnít far and you can visit Cowdry Ruins whilst enjoying the beautiful countryside that surrounds you. In Queen Elizabeth Country Park you can enjoy cycling, walking and have a picnic.
With plenty to more to do this cottage is a great place to stay to relax and enjoy your time in the South Downs National Park.
Rooms, food and facilities
There is one double room with en-suite shower room. The room has a television with Free-Sat and tea and coffee making facilities.
Breakfast is continental during the week with the option of a Full English on the weekend.
How to find us
The closest train station is Petersfield and that is about a mile and a half away. There are buses that run from the station to very near our cottage. Take the number 54 towards Chichester Bus Station or the 92 towards Midhurst Bus Station. The stop you need to get off at is The Half Moon. From there itís about a 3 minute walk, straight up the road cross the river on the right.
Responsible tourism: Bed & breakfast near Petersfield in Hampshire, England
Our home is an old Victorian building on the end of a terrace. Weíve had to do some restoration work and we added on an extension but we have kept it in keeping with the original style of the building. We reinstated wooden windows and some of the new windows on the roof we installed are Velux conservation windows; these look as though they are made from old wood to keep it looking like the original part of the building. My husband has done all the work himself and the materials were all from local builders merchants.
We have a garden that leads to the edge of the woods and so there is plenty of wildlife that goes between the two. You can tell when there have been deer around because there is bark missing from the tree trunks. There are plenty of birds that visit the garden and we put our wild bird feed for them. The bird feed also attracts squirrels into the garden as well. We try to manage our garden organically so that none of the wildlife is harmed by chemicals.
We try to do other bits and pieces to make sure weíre environmentally friendly. We have water a water butt to collect water and re-use on the garden. We recycle our house-hold waste and compost all old food that we can. We use the compost on the garden and we intend to make a vegetable garden soon so we can grow our own vegetables. We use eco friendly bulbs and when we had the extension made we made sure to have LED lights installed as opposed to Halogen bulbs as they are more energy efficient.
You can reach our cottage by public transport which is really good. Petersfield station is only a mile and a half away and there are buses that bring you from there almost all the way to our front door. People also arrive by foot and itís easy to cycle to and from here too which is great.
We locally source all of our food. The garden centre is nearby and the local butcher and green grocer are where we get our meat, fruit and veg. We use the local Durleighmarsh Farm Shop and we get our supplies for our animals there. We used to have goats so weíd get all our supplies for them there and also for the chickens that we normally have. At the moment we get our eggs from our next-door neighbours chickens as the foxes have eaten ours. However, we will be getting some more of our own very soon so the eggs will be from our own back garden again.
Petersfield is a good little market town and has markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is a food festival once a year and there are lots of music events too. We have a favourite Italian restaurant in Petersfield called La Piazzetta. It has really great food and I would always recommend it to my guests. The local pubs The Queens Head and the Half Moon are both within walking distance and I send people there as well as they are both good pubs.
There are plenty of other things to do in the area. Queen Elizabeth Country Park is great for cycling, horse riding, crafts and for having picnics and barbecues. Itís great for walking as itís on the South Downs Way and contains part of Butser Hill National Nature Reserve which is a beautiful area of chalk grassland. Alice Holt Forest is lovely and you can explore the treetops and zip-wire as part of their Go Ape! experience.
The landscape surrounding us is woodland and is really pretty. The River Rother runs in the front of the house and we are next door to Sheet Common. The landscape is really accessible from our cottage and there are some nice little walks into the woods. A particular favourite is to walk to the old mill that is down in the woods. I do a circuit with the kids that takes us to the mill cutting through all the woodland, you come out onto a field at the very top and walk directly through fields to the leisure centre.
Of historical interest there are two mills on the River Rother that intersects Sheet. One is Sheetbridge Mill and the other Sheet mill. Sheet Mill is mentioned as Malpedrasham in the Domesday Book. There is also Sheet Church that is a really active church and is only two minutes down the road.
I like to hear the history of Sheet from one of my neighbours who likes to tell lots of stories. The road that runs by the house and over the bridge used to be a toll road that you would have to use to get to us. There was an old post office that isnít there any more. We have a couple of old pictures hung in our house that show what it used to look like in the area and the post office isnít there.