South Downs luxury B&B near Chichester, England

Description of South Downs luxury B&B near Chichester, England

The Old Store Guest House offers luxury bed and breakfast in Halnaker, at the very edge of the South Downs National Park. The village has a pub, The Anglesey Arms, serving good food, and a shop half a mile away in Boxgrove. The guest house has an enclosed car park, a garden and free wifi. Our breakfasts are legendary, using local produce where it is available. We are consistently recommended in The Good Hotel Guide.

Our lovely 18th Century flint and brick house is on the edge of Goodwood Estate, superbly placed for walking, cycling and visiting the towns and villages of the South Downs. A bridlepath from the house leads directly to miles of mixed woodland and beautiful downland views, with walks up to The Trundle and Goodwood Racecourse and the Monarch's Way. We have many recommendations for our favourite walks - just ask us, and we will lend you a map!

Chichester city centre is a short bus ride away, with art galleries, the cathedral and the Festival Theatre.

Other places to visit are the picturesque downland towns of Arundel, Petworth and Midhurst, The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, West Dean Gardens, Fishbourne Roman Palace and Bignor Roman Villa.

Rooms, food and facilities

At The Old Store we offer seven bedrooms on three storeys, all with modern en-suite shower rooms, televisions and tea/coffee making facilities, including fresh milk, chocolates and biscuits.

On the ground floor there is a twin bedroom which is suitable for guests with limited mobility (although without wheelchair access; it has a step between the bedroom and the shower room.) This room has a large shower with grab handles and a shower seat, in a spacious shower room.

On the first floor there is a single room and a standard double room. Both rooms have compact modern shower rooms.

There are four rooms on the second floor, all with exposed wooden beams. Children are welcome in the family room, which has a standard double and two single beds. We also provide cots and highchairs. The king-sized double room has a leather sofa and a five foot wide bed. The two twin bedrooms on this floor have views over farmland towards Chichester and the Isle of Wight.

We have a pretty garden with seating for guests to use, and a walled car park. Walkers and cyclists can use our drying facilities, and we have secure storage for bikes. We can provide you with packed lunches and a laundry service. We regret that dogs (except for assistance dogs) are not permitted at The Old Store.

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How to find us

If you are coming into Chichester by train, the bus station is directly across the road from the railway station.

By bus: the no. 55 takes you directly from Chichester Bus Station to our door! Ask for Halnaker Crossroads. This service runs every half hour during weekdays, a little less often in the evenings and on Sunday.

Once you're here, use Compass Bus Route 99 to take you into Petworth and the South Downs. This flexible route runs six times a day, every day except Sunday. It is a request service that must be booked by phone or ask us to do it for you!).

Getting to Midhurst and Singleton is also easy - take the 55 back into Chichester, and then the no. 60

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Our garden is a haven for bird life, with feeding areas, trees and shrubbery; we ensure that we do not prune trees during the nesting season. We have a robin and families of coal tits, blue tits and crows that have been regular visitors for some years. There are also areas in the garden that are rich with mini bugs as they live on decomposing wood chip, which we produce from our garden waste. We compost our kitchen waste and recycle the garden waste that we cannot make use of through the council's Green Waste scheme.

We grow most of our own vegetables and fruit, reducing packaging waste. We recycle waste wherever we can, either through council collections or using the local community tip. We also sell on or give away furniture, etc, as we replace it.

We collect rainwater in tubs and use it on our vegetables and flowers; we do not water the lawn. We use the eco cycle in our washing machines, and dry sheets outside (when the weather permits). Our bedrooms have showers rather than baths, and our toilets are fitted with dual flush mechanisms. We use environmentally friendly cleaning products throughout the house.

The Old Store was build as a village shop and bakery, and we try to preserve it's character when we redecorate; for example, we have retained the delicatessen shelves in the guests' dining room, where the large bay window still gives the feeling of being in a shop. The house is a Grade II listed building featuring local flintwork and bricks; we use traditional lime mortar for repairs, and our windows are fitted with secondary double glazing to retain their character.

Our car produces low emissions and is well maintained. We are fortunate to have a bus stop with a regular half-hourly service outside our house, which we use frequently ourselves and which we encourage guests to use, leaving their cars in our car park.


We make our own jams using local fruit when our own is used up, and make our bread using locally milled flour from the Weald and Downland Museum. We also make our cakes, or buy locally made ones. We provide bedroom browsers with our own recommendations for places to visit, to explore the countryside and to eat.

As a director of our local Tourism Partnership I actively encourage and promote local small tourism businesses to our members, such as accommodation providers and visitor attractions. This level of local business co-operation benefits the member traders by sharing information and setting examples of good practice. It also helps to ensure a rich local experience for the visitors to the area.

One of our particular aims at Visit Chichester Ltd has been to retain the local quality and integrity of our district through networking and representation. I am currently the quality assessor for our local Visit Chichester Assessment Scheme, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of our businesses by requiring members to product a Green Credentials Statement. In my role I am also able to advise and support small local businesses.

I am also active in our local fund-raising group for St Wilfrid's Hospice, helping to organise and resource events such as local walks and visits and musical evenings. In the past we have organised walks through local estates and woodlands and bird-watching trips. We have also had talks and demonstrations using local food produce, and are currently planning a walk and tour of the Singleton Oil Fields.


The Old Store House is located on the Upper Coastal Plain, a gently undulating landscape lying at the foot of the chalk dip slope along the Southern edge of the South Downs. It is the transition zone between the chalk downs and the flat lower coastal plain.

It has a strong network of hedges, hedgerow oaks and woodlands, and the ancient practice of coppicing and charcoal production is alive in our local woods. We are surrounded by a mixture of field sizes and shapes supporting a mixture of pasture and arable, with organic farming forming the core of the Goodwood farms. Over the past few years our neighbouring fields have been planted with vineyards on the south facing slopes. The regular rectilinear fields represent reorganisation of earlier field systems and recent enclosure of former commons

The Upper Coastal Plain is characterised by a wealth of historic features including historic parklands, ancient woodlands (of medieval origin) and prehistoric earthworks.

Our house and our local villages feature a distinctive architecture that is influenced by the geology, with beautiful flint walls and local bricks under red tiled roofs.

Stane Street, the Roman Road that connected London with Chichester, runs in front of our house and tracks (including part of the Monarch Way) follow the original course north through Eartham to Bignor and beyond - a glorious day's walk.

We are keen walkers ourselves and can suggest routes for our guests to follow, tailored to the seasons and their own requirements. One particular favourite is the walk to the Trundle, from which guests can view the vast expanse of the coastal plain, and then down into the Lavant valley, with trails through woodland (wonderful in bluebell season) and mixed farming.

There are a range of walks through mixed and managed woodlands up to Goodwood and beyond, and through our neighbouring villages. We have produced local maps for these areas with points of interest and places to eat. We also advise guests on walks alongside the harbours and canal, and provide maps and reference books for information. Packed lunches are available on request.

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