South downs Way self catering cottage, England

Description of South downs Way self catering cottage, England

The Dairy and The Parlour our two self catering cottages were recently converted from Farm Buildings. Ian and Janet Chew run a small holding of Rare Breeds: Shetland Cattle, Dorset Down Sheep, Large Black Pigs as well as chickens, ducks and turkeys.

Copper Beeches is set at the foot of the South Downs Way, ideal for walkers and cylists, in a lovely part of the National Park, 3 miles from Petersfield Market Town / 1 mile from the Village of South Harting.

The area offers many wonderful viewing points to admire the spectacular views of Hampshire and West Sussex. Local pubs for home cooked food. Both children and pet friendly. Local National Trust Houses include Uppark and Petworth House, not forgetting Historic Prtsmouth, Winchester and Chichester are all within about a 15 miles radius.

Copper Beeches aims to be environmentally friendly with solar panels and during the winter months we are heated by wood locally sourced in sustainable woodland, as well as cooking and heating the water by wood.

Both Cottages have night storage heaters and wood burning stoves, the wood is supplied by us and included in the price.

Rooms, food and facilities

The Dairy and The Parlour, our two self catering cottages, have raised ceilings with original exposed timber beams. Going in through the main door into the living area, which has comfortable seating for four adults in the form of sofa beds (should extra sleeping capacity be required) there is a Freeview TV / DVD / Radio / CD Player as well as Wi Fi thoughout both cottages, a selection of books and games, a large French Window which is west facing opens onto a patio area with garden furniture overlooking open fields which lead up to the South Downs Way. The kitchenette has a table and four chairs and all the electrical appliances you need including the use of a washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as cutlery, crockery, glasses etc. Both cottages have night storage heaters AND a wood burning stove, for those cold evenings. The Dairy has a double bedroom and The Parlour has a twin bedroom.The bathrooms have overhead electric showers. On site parking.

Our quality rating for both the self catering cottages are at the top end of THREE STAR.

We also have a lock-up shed for any bicycles.

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How to find us

From Petersfield (A.3) you need to follow the signs for South Harting (and Uppark) onto the B2146, You will travel over the Hampshire Border into West Sussex, round some sharp bends continue until the road widens, we are the first property on the left, after a turning on your right to Ditcham Park School / Tithe Barn. Copper Beeches drive is off 'Alitex's' main entrance

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South downs Way self catering cottage, England


We have an abundance of wild life around us, from the declining house sparrow and the spectacular buzzards which are now frequently heard / seen flying over the Downs. Badgers roam our wood opposite Copper Beeches and quite often I meet them on late summer evenings, as well as deer, fox, hares, weasels, squirrels and rabbits etc.

We keep our household waste to a minimum, recycling as much as possible, and we encourage our self catering guests to save all vegetable wasteand give to our pigs. Any waste bread, rice and pasta etc. our chickens and ducks love to devour.This is a double sided pleasure, both for our guests and animals/fowl.

We have recently fitted solar panels to our south facing roof and are extremely pleased with the results. Our wood is sourced from sustainable woods locally, this generates all our heating, cooking and hot water during the winter months.

When we changed the use of our farm outbuildings, to our self catering cottages, this was done in a sympathetic way, by using existing materials and replacing tiles, stone etc. with used materials when needed.

Where possible we use our own meat and vegetable produce for the breakfast table as well as our own chicken and duck eggs. Our jams and preserves are gathered from either our garden or the hedgerows.


We recommend that guests use our two local pubs, 'The Ship' and 'The White Hart' for eating out. The pubs obtain their beer from Ballards Brewery, which is located about 5 miles away at Nyewood. The pub food is locally sourced when possible, i.e.seasonal vegetables, in fact The Ship has our own 'Torberry Pork' on their menu at times. Our local village shop in South Harting offers many local products for sale as well as newspapers etc, that our guests may require.

Once a month (the first Friday in the month) South Harting has a local market in the British Legion Hall, where local producers sell their goods - eggs, vegetables, cakes, jams, marmalades, post cards, jewellery etc.

Once a month we also have a Farmers Market in Petersfield which we use and encourage our guests to visit for even more fresh and local produce.

Once a year 'South Harting Festival' takes place ( the last Bank Holiday Monday in May), when the main street is closed to traffic. It has all the usual activities for all ages - the War veterans march throug the village from the church, face painting, tombola, book stall, cake stand to mention just a few. Money raised is for the Village and Local Charities.


As owners of a young Weimaraner called Oscar, who needs plenty of excercise, we walk ourselves a great deal, so we are in an ideal position to tell our guests of the very many places of varied landscapes interest. These include 'Beacon Hill' at Harting Down, 'Butser Hill' and 'Old Winchester Hill', all on the South Downs Way. A very different landscape is 'Kingley Vale', an ancient Yew Tree Forest. Petworth House and Grounds, where wild (semi tame) deer herds, roam the Park and you can walk quite close to them, is also worth a visit. We have O.S. maps which are frequently lent to guests so that they can explore the local area.

We also suggest that maybe guests would like to walk to the village, using the footpath opposite Copper Beeches which leads up to the South Down Way, along it and then following the footpath down into South Harting, which takes less than an hour.

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