Location:Compton, near Chichester - Close to the South Downs Way, within the National ParkSee map here
More info:Prices include Continental breakfast or Full English breakfast
3 Night Packages available for Goodwood Festival of Speed & Goodwood Revival & Glorious.
Description of Compton luxury b&b farmstay, England
Set in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Hundred Acre Barn is a newly converted flint barn in the picturesque village of Compton, part of a dairy & arable farm.
We are within the National Park, 3 miles from Harting where the South Downs Way connects from Buriton near Petersfield to the North of the Downs. From here the path follows farm tracks and minor roads for the first few miles then climbs to Harting Down, typical downland overlooking South Harting.
We make a great base for visiting the Goodwood Estate, which boasts one of the world's finest Racecourses, for 19 meetings and famous for Glorious Goodwood in July – Ladies Day is a must, do bring your hats!
It is also renowned for its annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in June/July and the Goodwood Revival in September both hosted by the Earl of March. Our working dairy and mixed arable farm has been in our family for over 120 years.
There are wonderful walks on the doorstep. There is an abundance of wild life, herds of Roe and Fallow deer, hares, many interesting wild birds, including Red kites, kestrels, pheasants and French partridges.
We can offer you plenty of suggestions to show you where to explore and walk around our the outstandingly beautiful local countryside during your stay, literally on from your doorstep. We can suggest many superb circular tours, can be made, most of which can be planned to incorporate one or two of our great local country pubs or two.
We have a 6 mile equestrian cross country schooling course and show jumping arena which many local riders visit regularly and others who visit from all over the county and from Hampshire.
We annually host Le Trec orienteering riding competition plus charity fun rides run by the British Horse Society. Pony Clubs also hold events.
Compton is also well positioned for visiting Historic Chichester just 10 miles away, with its world famous Cathedral, Georgian architecture, famous Festival Theatre always popular with theatre enthusiasts and Actors. There are many excellent Restaurants and Bars to choose from, we can certainly recommend French, Italian, Thai and Indian all renowned in the local area. Chichester is also known for it stylish shops and boutiques, people come from miles to shop here.
Chichester Harbour is well worth a visit, as well as Bosham & Emsworth all well known for their sailing clubs and communities.
The market town of Petersfield, just 7 miles away, 1 hour from London by main line train. Both nearby towns have a fortnightly Farmers market, which are worth a visit, especially if you want to sample some local produce.
Midhurst is also 10 miles away where the Cartier Polo is played in summer, the antique shops and National Trust house at Petworth or Arundel, with its castle and wetland bird reserve is also popular.
We do have land available for tents or caravans should we be fully booked in our B&B, and we found this was a firm favourite last year for the Goodwood events.
Rooms, food and facilities
· Twin & Double room En suite available · En Suite facilities with under floor heating and heated towel rails. · Outer Door access to each room from Courtyard · Plenty of safe courtyard on site parking · Flat Screen Free view Television · Egyptian Cotton Sheets & fluffy Towels · Tea & Coffee making facilities · Home Made Cake and Tea or Coffee on Arrival. · Every morning you will be offered a Full English Breakfast, with Hundred Acre Farm Free Range eggs. Fresh Fruit, Croissants, Choice of Toast and Homemade Marmalade, Tea & Fresh Ground Coffee & Juices.
We have been very lucky to have some lovely comments in our Visitors book, with guests appreciating our new Barn Conversion and the level of service that we provide.
How to find us
Satellite Navigation directions please use Post Code PO18 9NN
Hundred Acre Barn is located just North of the village of Compton, which is on the B2146 approximately halfway between Petersfield and Chichester. Just follow the Signs for Compton Cross Country Course at Compton Village Green.
Alternatively you can travel by train to Petersfield, Chichester, Havant, Emsworth all have Taxi Ranks outside. Compton has a 2 hourly Bus service to Chichester & Petersfield.
Responsible tourism: Compton luxury b&b farmstay, England
Our farm participates in ELS, which means ‘Entry Level Scheme’, a Government Directive Scheme, which removes land out of commercial farming into Environmental use. This encourages wildlife and homes for animals, and adds to exciting walks. There are many miles in the Countryside where one can see Roe and Fallow Deer, Hares, Badgers, Rabbits & Birds of Prey that can be spotted are Red Kites and Buzzards can be spotted during your country walks.
The headlands around fields at 6 metre widths are left for birds to dust in, dry off after heavy rainfall and insects flourish; which benefits the birds to feed. These headlands are useful to prevent sprays and fertiliser damaging trees and hedges as they act as a buffer to avoid any contact. In the ELS scheme we leave winter stubble fields to prevent soil erosion instead of bare ploughed fields which earn points within the scheme…..We have to earn 30 points to fulfil the scheme.
The higher-level scheme HLS is also a Government directive which takes our land out of Commercial farming into a different environmental use.
Sky Lark plots in the middle of Arable fields can be left fallow for nesting birds like Plover, Skylarks, Lapwings, Golden Plovers, Meadow Pipits, Curlew and Partridges. Wild bird seed and special grass mixes have been planted in the headlands, which encourages our wild bird population.
ESA was ‘Environmentally Sensitive Area’ was a Government backed scheme which ended last year in April on this farm and had been replaced with H L S which we left stubbles over the winter for birds to feed on and prevented soil erosion due to the winter rain.
Rain Water Conservation - Our cows housing and feeding area is covered by roofing, rainwater is caught in drain pipes and gutters which drains into water troughs for the cows to drink.
We employ a Green Clean company, which specialises in Eco friendly products and we Re-cycle all of our used containers and food waste.
We encourage guests to dine in local pubs & restaurants and make reservations for them accordingly. The Coach & Horses in the village of Compton is known for its Beers / Ales. We highly recommend the Richmond Arms in West Ashling, near Funtington, the Royal Oak & the Earl of March both at Lavant.
In the Summer the 'Festival of Speed' is a notable feature of the Goodwood calendar and later in the year the 'Goodwood Revival Meeting' is a spectacular event featuring classic cars racing on the old motor racing circuit which was created out of the tracks and run-ways of the famous Goodwood air field.
A feature of the 'Goodwood Revival Meeting' is the period costume which is encouraged and the fantastic flying displays of Spitfires, Hurricanes, Messerschmittts and other famous aircraft of the Second World War.
Goodwood is renowned as one of the most beautiful English Horse racing venues in the World.
On our farm, every September we hold a British Horse Society Sponsored Ride for Charity. We hold Pony Club Camps in the Summer which bring in visitors to the area.
Le Trec is an orienteering event that has been organised by local riders for three years here on our farm, it entails riders taking two days mounted on their horses and participating in various tasks and they camp over night in caravans, tents and their horseboxes, while their horses are corralled in our fields.
My husband Nick has been on Compton Parish council for the last 26 years and supports the community in his role.
We have always employed local residents in Compton , our longest serving employee has been on the farm for over 80 years and his family before him therefore two generations.
We support our local farm shops both at Adsdean, 4 miles away selling locally reared beef, pork and lamb and many other fresh produce.
We keep free range hens and our eggs are served at Breakfast and we supply as many as we can to Adsdean Farm shop, many regular weekly customers purchase them as they appreciate and request them, for their bright yellow yolks.
There is an Ancient Britain Burial ground called Bevis Thumb a mile from the Barn, we have to leave a 3 meter headland around the mound, to prevent ploughing, spraying and fertilising to avoid damage. The mound is trimmed once a year to keep it tidy and stopping brambles growing on the site.
Our farm was fortunate to have an excavation of Anglo-Saxon cemeteries In 1982 – 1987 a mile and a half from our house. Every Summer a team of Archaeologists from Chichester Archaeology Society under the supervision of Alec Down arrived with their metal detectors and excavated the site. It proved the Saxons were in this area much earlier than was chronicled. All the treasure that was found including weapons, knives, spears, and shields. Jewellery included various brooches, pins, beads, rings, buckles and belt fittings and coins. All these are displayed in the British Museum. A book written by Alec Down is in the house for guests perusal. This is an amazing and informative book, which Alec Down kindly dedicated to Nick’s father Eric.
We can also have a fantastic local Artist’s book called ‘The South Downs - A Painted year, by Antonia Dundas’, which took 10 years to hand paint all of the illustrations. She is a long standing personal friend, should you wish to purchase one.
We feel living in the South Downs, is a real privilege and enhanced by history, nature and community. We would be very happy to show you where you may see many of the sights and we look forward to welcoming you into our home.