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Description of Amberley B&B accommodation, England
The Thatched House takes its name from its former life as a beer house. It is located in Britainís newest National Park, in the heart of the village of Amberley at the foot of the South Downs. Ideal for walking and direct access into village from South Downs Way. Close to the RSPB at Pulborough and The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Arundel. Well placed for Arundel, Goodwood, Petworth & Chichester.Golf clubs nearby. Fishing & riding available in the area. Gardens overlook Wildbrooks, a mecca for birdwatchers, particularly in winter with Bewick swans.
Rooms, food and facilities
1twin/1double Private bathroom. Sitting room available. ( usually only one room let as one bathroom however second bedroom available if family & friends travelling together and happy to share the bathroom) Off road parking available on request. Dogs generally not encouraged as we have our own dog. Member of "Visit Britain" - cyclist and walkers scheme. "Visit England" - 4star - silver award Enjoy England - breakfast award Member of Wolsey Lodges
Take the turning off the B2139 into Amberley village, follow road up to the Black Horse pub, with the pub on your right take road on left ( Hog lane - not signed ) The Thatched House is the 5th House on the right, just before bridle path leading to the wild brooks. Despite its name the house is not thatched.
Responsible tourism: Amberley B&B accommodation, England
The garden is being developed in an environmentally friendly way, this year we have retained old branches, hedge cuttings etc at the edge of a bank and have been thrilled to find two hedgehogs hibernating there this winter.
On the boundary to the Wildbrooks we have replaced a high wooden fence with natural hedging including Blackthorn, Guilder Rose, Field Maple etc. Along its length we have planted plum trees, greengage and an apple sapling sourced from Bardsey Island in North Wales, being particularly suited to an exposed environment .This hedging has been developed with the aim of allowing the garden to merge with the countryside. Planting in the garden is being devised to provide a source of nectar for bees, butterflies and insects throughout the seasons. We do not use chemicals on the garden and so are building up an eco balance. The beds are manured with horse manure again provided by a local neighbour.
Where ever possible we try and recycle our rubbish and with the help of our guests we are looking to reduce the amount of water we use and we are adding to our stock of water butts this season. In the house we have two low flush toilets and we use low energy light bulbs. To encourage cyclists and walkers we are part of the " Visit England Cyclist and Walkers" scheme whereby we provide lockakable storage for bikes. Whilst the village and house are in walking distance from the railway station we are happy to pick people up from the station by prior arrangement at time of booking. Given notice we can endeavour to arrange local livery stabling for horse riders.
For our breakfasts we provide locally sourced products whenever possible, and we can even provide untreated milk direct from the local farm on special request. Amberley is a real community having a village church which is part of the Wildbrooks group of churches and do visit North Stoke, Greatham, Parham & Wiggonholt churches whilst you are in the area. We have an active village school which we fought hard to save and is now thriving. A village pub, the continuance of our village shop has been financed by the community and is run by a village trust and splendid manager and staff. This again tries to support local farmers and producers wherever possible. The pottery in the heart of the village has supplied all the china for our lovely village tearoom. The Sportsman Pub which is in level walking distance has spectacular views over the Wildbrooks from its rear elevated decking. There are also good pubs at nearby Houghton and in Arundel and Storrington, there are a variety of interesting places to have meals.
Mary has been particularly involved from the inception of the Amberley Gardens Open scheme to help raise money for Action Medical Research, a leading national charity, initially started by a local resident. We will be opening our garden this year and later in the year hosting a "Talking Plants" event for The Hardy Plant Society.
Having lived in the village for so many years we are proud to take an active part in the community. Our dog walking over the years has taken us to many parts of the Downs and Guy's career has meant he has developed a good knowledge of old and historical buildings. We have been active members over the years of The Amberley Society, a conservation society set up to protect and understand the environment & the community. We have good contacts with the RSPB at Pulborough and The Wetlands Trust Reserve at Arundel and literally from our own garden we can sometimes see Bewick swans on the wildbrooks. In the spring here , there are lapwings and skylarks on the Brooks and nightingales just along the Arun/Wey path.
Parham House, with its famed gardens and historic parkland is close by. On the edge of the village is The Chalk Pits Industrial museum. Easily accessible from us is Arundel, with its Castle, Petworth House and deer park and Goodwood with its many and varied events.
Amberley village is easily accessed from The South Downs Way and from Amberley Mount , the site where the first glider was launched in 1909 ,there are spectacular views across the village and its Castle, now a Country House Hotel and the Wildbrooks beyond. The Wildbrooks are internationally designated wetlands important for their birdlife.