Chichester bed & breakfast accommodation, England

Description of Chichester bed & breakfast accommodation, England

We have extensive knowledge of the area and hope we can give you a taste of the area. We have details of walks be they countryside, historic , nature or coastal and also offer bike hire through local companies. The South Down's offer a great opportunity for appreciation of the night skies and we are lucky to have the South Downs Planetarium started by the late Sir Patrick Moore and have a arrangement with them to offer night sky walks for a donation above £75. We pride ourselves on giving our guests the very best in comfort and service.
Being on the rural edge of Chichester just a mile from the sea close to fantastic beaches, historic interest there is Fishbourne Roman Palace, Uppark House and Arundel Castle to name a few, Family activities such as the Weald & Downland Museum, Wetlands & Wildlife trust Arundel and Fort Nelson the Royal Artillery Museum a must for the boys as it has the supper gun and for the art love the famous sculpture park at Goodwood, Pallant House Gallery. For the sporty we have Goodwood horse racing, the historic motor circuit with classic racing to golf not to mention the watersports like sailing, diving or even kite surfing! This is just a taste of what you can do in the area!

We are lucky to overlook the South Downs our newest national Park full of the very best walking and nature. Kingley Vale has the oldest Yew forest in the world planted by the Saxons to commemorate them fighting of the Vikings and only this year we sited a Adonis Blue bu...

Rooms, food and facilities

Old Chapel Forge offers unique accommodation within buildings in the grounds of the farmhouse at one end of the property is the period Chapel offing two Luxury Suites and to the other end of the grounds is a cottage offering a two en-suite bedroom suite.


The Family Cottage Suite is very flexible and has two en-suite bedrooms  that offers flexible family or small group accommodation. The family suite can offer a double bedroom and the second bedroom may be a twin or King-size bed with a option of a sofa bed for an additional child. The cottage like the Chapel rooms has its own entrance and patio doors onto a patio.

Luxury Chapel Suite are within a converted 1611 Chapel in the grounds of the main house and has uninterrupted views of the Sussex countryside. Each suites have their own entrances into a bedroom approx. 20ft x 11ft with King-size bed or Twin beds& a sitting room area with large sofa, coffee table & stool. Just beyond the Chapel is a raised seating area which overlooks the countryside & superb view of the sun setting or watching the hawks on their last flight of the evening. The room have wonderful vaulted 30ft ceilings & are fitted out with Hand-made wrought iron fitting complimented by English oak doors.
Facilities include tea, coffee, hot chocolate making facilities with complimentary shortbread biscuits & mineral water, TV & DVD Player, CD/Radio Alarm, Internet point, hairdryer, small drinks fridge together with glasses & bottle opener, so feel free to bring ...

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How to find us

By air: Our accommodation is approximately a 50 minute drive from Gatwick Airport. Alternatively there is a direct rail link from the airport to Bognor or Chichester (approximately 50 minutes).

By rail: We offer a pick-up service free of charge from either Bognor or Chichester Rail Station.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Chichester bed & breakfast accommodation, England

Environment

We pride ourselves running both our home & business with the environment very much in the forefront of everything we do.

All paper, glass, cardboard, tins and plastic bottles are recycled. Items such as yogurt cartons are re-used as plant pots. All food, vegetable, garden waste is recycled in the compost heap. Some green/food waste is used to feed the geese. Redundant soaps from the rooms are washed and then dissolved in water and used as a hand wash solution. All hair and bathroom products are natural herbal formulas.

Low energy light bulbs are used through out the guest accommodation. All white appliances are A rated for energy consumption efficiency. We have refurnished all the B & B accommodation and as much as possible has been a green build with sustainable products such as oak windows, recycled but new cast iron drain pipes with water harvesting system and energy efficient condensing boiler together with solar water heating. The solar panels used will be designed & manufactured within Sussex. All bath, shower and hand basin water is filtered using a hayfilter and is used in a garden irrigation system. We check that all TV’s and unnecessary lighting is not left on in the evenings & mornings.

Dual flush toilets are in all toilet systems and taps are checked regularly for drips and are water saving mixing air with the water. All bathrooms without natural light have Sun pipes fitted to utilise the natural daylight. We have a towel and linen policy that asked guest to help save water and energy, and the towel will only be replaced if they are left in the bath or shower tray in the morning & linen on request. This has proved to be very successful and has reduced our laundry of towels by over 43%. All washing utilises low temperature washes and reduced cycle washes. We use Eco Balls in our wash that cease the need for washing powder & softeners and also the need for a long rinse cycle. All washing is line dried or put on clotheshorse to dry.

In the office the fax machine stores messages on the computer so no paper is used. All paper used for printing is recycled. We used email where possible to reduce paper. We do not print a brochure but have a web site for marketing.

All our produce and meat is purchased from local organic farmers and farm shops, so reducing fuel consumption and are delivered in returnable boxes. The use of carrier bags is reduced by using hesin shopping bags. We promoted wildlife to our gardens with feeder nesting boxes and bat boxes.

All waste wood is used in our wood burner and any junk mail is used as fire lighters. We keep a keen eye on all our utility bills and have undergone a full Sustainable Utilities management course. All our energy is purchased on a green tariff from Scottish & Southern energy. They produce energy from hydroelectric production. In addition trees are planted every year to counteract the percentage of emissions produced this is calculated from your consumption.

Community

Working closely with Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve & have presently set up together a Green Tourism Pay Back Scheme for the area. This scheme will provide the harbour with much needed funds to develop the accessibility to Green Tourists.

We believe, as a direct result of our policies, that we have achieved high occupancy rates, as confirmed by TSE records, but at the same time kept our use of energy below the accepted “Best Practice” bench marks, as demonstrated in local authority reports. Our policies, as set out on our web site, have encouraged companies who practice environmental friendly policies to repeatedly use our facilities for their employees and guests from far and wide make it clear that it is our environmental policies that prompted their initial visits and having experienced what we are doing prompt repeat visits. Our businesses has gain world reputation for its green policy & visited by other world organisations such as the Barbadian Government & Qualmark New Zealand, to experience green tourism first hand, their experience prompted them to reciprocate our achievements in their country and would recommend further visits to promote this policy.

Our reputation has encouraged other organisations to seek our assistance, via lectures and conferences, in the development of green tourism nationwide; this has the added advantage of greater publicity prompting improved business. We have achieve “Business Champion” status in the Green Tourism Business Scheme which again prompts more marketing opportunities to promote our business. We technical committee members for the New South Downs National Park & the VistEngland Sustainable Tourism Action Group.

Landscape

We promote Chichester and its surrounding area with its many historical points of interest and encourage our guests to enjoy and experience the beauty of West Sussex, without compromising the environment. We provide literature for our guests that sets out our environmental policy and details our ethics and how we go about practicing this. We provide guides on walking, cycling and wildlife, in the local area detailing the wealth of attractions, places of interest, gardens, museums, shops, that are around us. To this end we promote the use of public transport, and provide bike hire to limit carbon emmissions and encourage our guests to spend within the local area and to consider visiting us again.

We actively promote local businesses, restaurants and pubs. As a final word we leave a thank you note for our guests encouraging them to make suggestions on how we might have made their stay more environmentally friendly, together with a discount voucher for future visits.

Reviews of Chichester bed & breakfast accommodation, England

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 08 Dec 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking along the beach and the wetlands with our dogs

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The room was labeled a luxury suit. We didn't feel that was a deserved title. We found the room very small, very difficult to move around. There was a big storage box for our belongings and that did help. There was no wii fii, but a wall plug in for lap tops. In this day and age this shouldn't be. Our bed was very hard and we could feel the springs as we slept. The lodging is set off of a very
busy road, and we could hear traffic all night.

The driveway was so small and the entrance gate so tiny, it was very difficult to get our vehicle in and especially out. I had to get out and stop traffic to safely get out of the driveway.

Also it was either freezing cold or boiling hot in the room.

The shower had very little water pressure and the shower head was situated in the middle of the wall, making it very awkward to take a shower with your head facing the shower curtain.

The room had a nice cathedral ceiling.

The owners were very nice people, and the breakfast was very good.

My husband and I were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary, so perhaps I had my hopes up a bit high.

The couple running the business had excellent communication with us.

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Really enjoyed exploring this area of Britain, which I have never really explored before. Particularly liked Arundel Castle, and as for the breakfasts they were amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Definitely - the accommodation's green credentials are fantastic and it is great to see a local B & B working so well in partnership with other local business, promoting their local area and doing their utmost to minimise their impact on the environment. Also the breakfasts made with locally sourced produce were absolutely amazing and kept us going until teatime.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was an excellent choice, a great venue for my friend and I to catch up with each other and have some girly time together, but I am sure I would have enjoyed it just as much if I had come with my husband. The welcome was so friendly and we really enjoyed our chats with the owners over breakfast, they could not do enough for us. Also we loved all the additional little touches like nice toiletries in the bathroom. I would highly recommend this B & B to anyone wishing to explore the West Sussex area.

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


When were reached the sea front after a beautiful walk across the harbour. We could smell the sea side and were looking forward to staring at it. Then it was there, beautiful immaculate landscape.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The Old Forge Chapel is surrounded by nature and fields, which is amazing but a bit of a mission for pedestrian visitors (obviously there's no 'pavement' on the road. probably better in summer). I reckon having a car would have been a bonus to travel around or go out at night.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Sandra and Charles are amazing people. They knowledge of the local environment and social issues is huge and they gave us a great insight in terms of environment and local people outcome. Their B&B is obviously totally eco-friendly, and I think it gave us, Londoners, a great foretaste of life in the countryside.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This weekend was very relaxing for us. I believe you can make it even better with the local sport activities such as kite surf, sailing, etc... Probably for next time!

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Good weather and West Wittering beach.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be careful where you eat - some good places, some not so good!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. No flight. Green accommodation. Did local things.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


B&B was very good - Sandra & Charles good hosts.

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The kindness, energy and enthusiasm of our hosts.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Follow Sandra's restaurant recommendations.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Very much so. Sandra was passionate about the environment and local businesses, and went to great lengths to minimise the affect of the B&B on the environment while stimulating the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a lovely time. Our hosts were very kind and went well beyond the call of duty for running a B&B. They are passionate about sustainable tourism, but even if you don’t give a hoot about this kind of thing you can still have a lovely time here because the room was clean and warm and the breakfast was fabulous.

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The geese chasing my husband into the apartment and hearing him screaming!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go and visit Arundel, although if you want to go into the castle check the opening times. Take a trip to Bosham and Amering. The food at the Lamb Inn, Pagham was very nice - a limited menu but freshly cooked. An excellent revival of the Prawn Cocktail.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The Lodge was very environmentally friendly, it brings trade to the local pubs and places of interest especially as the hosts are keen to recommend local venues. They even offer to pick you up in the morning should you leave your car after having a couple of drinks.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The accomodation is superb - a beautiful self contained, modern room with the added twist of it being inside a chapel building. The breakfasts are varied and the portions are ample - something for everyone

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Arriving to a warm welcome and lovely room.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take your own Uno game cards rules, their set is in Danish. If you like a soft pillow, take your own!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes we ate locally. The guest house was very environmentally aware, nice to see a large compost heap in the garden.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fun and good value, very nice breakfast.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you & we are glad that you enjoyed yourself, sorry about the pillows we always place two very soft pillows in the cabinet/ chest of drawers with the hairdryer & hotwater bottle. Hope all was well with the little one & we hope to see you again.

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