Location:Approx 2 miles off the main coast road in West Sussex A27. Just outside Arundel railway station lookSee map here
More info:Prices are per room per night and include a full English breakfast taken in the barn and served by Chris and Sandra. Dont forget the Wepham Wonder !!!!
Description of Arundel B&B accommodation, England
Ideally suited for walkers, hikers, cyclists and people who enjoy the countryside. Delightful individual rooms overlooking the Arun valley towards uninterrupted view of Arundel Castle. Pub and Hotel Brasserie in the adjoining village of Burpham. Four rooms individually styled with private parking in the courtyard. Breakfast taken in the barn and cooked by the host Chris. You must try the Wepham Wonder with your breakfast. Chris will also serenade you with his guitar. Sandra's paintings hang in the barn and you can also join in Sandra's art classes. Walking distance to Arundel.
Rooms, food and facilities
Room No 1 is a double bedded room with en-suite facilities. There is also a separate loung pod with 2 leahter bucket chairs opening onto a private patio overlooking the castle.
Room No 2 is either a twin bedded room or a superking bedded room. It has en-suite facilities and opens onto the courtyard.
Room No 3 is a double bedded room and has en-suite facilities and opens onto the courtyard.
Room No 4 is a self contained cottage with a separate double bedroom and en-suite facilities. It has a kitchenette with microwave oven and built in fridge. The lounge has a dining table and sofa bed. The cottage can sleep 2 persons or 4 persons. The lounge has patio doors that open onto the private patio overlooking the castle.
All rooms have digital television, tea and coffee making facilities and internal telephone system.
Responsible tourism: Arundel B&B accommodation, England
Our promise to sustain the environment reflects what we think about the area we live in. The area is in the South Downs National Park designated for its outstanding natural beauty and the village within a Conservation Area. When we made our planning application for our works we were very sure of the style and impact that our development would have on the environment. All our products were from local resources and the roof tiles were from an indigenous company to West Sussex. The conversion works to the barn and accommodation rooms gave us the opportunity to invest in the future by installing the latest insulation standards. All the heat we generate stays in the rooms. The rooms are heated by undefloor heating and all the windows are double glazed with Low emission glass with a reflective film and filled with argon to maintain the heat in the rooms. We have invested in low energy lamps everywhere with the exception of the barn lighting where Sandra's art classes take place. Colour rendering is so important and to achieve this we have two Tungsten Iodine lamps to illuminate the room. We also have 2 wood burning stoves in our cottage where we burn wood purchased from the local recycling centre.
The food for the breakfasts is all local produce. We use the Arundel butchers who purchase their bacon from a local producer. We have our bacon especially cut for us slightly thicker than normal and the English breakfast pork sausages are made daily by the butcher. The eggs are from a man in the village who keeps free range chickens and tomatoes are from our greenhouse in the garden when available. The famous Wepham Wonder is a presentation of local summer fruit compote served in the bottom of a ramekin. The fruit could be blackberries and /or elderberries from the hedgerows strawberries from the farm, damsons from the neighbours tree or blackcurrants All stewed down to a compote. On the top of the compote is a home made by Chris oaty crumble, jumbo oats, muscavado sugar, butter and nutmeg go to make the crumble which is sprinkled on top of the compote. Finally a spoonful of fresh Greek yoghurt is placed on top. This is the Wepham Wonder which can be enjoyed as a entree to the breakfast or as a desert. It is entirely the guest’s choice. The Wepham Wonder is so famous it can be found using any search engine.
Due to our location wildlife is in abundance and can be viewed from the comfort of your room. Our garden meets an eleven acre field farmed by Splash Farm in the village. The farm's dairy herd live in the field and will always come up to the fence to look at us humans. They all have a number and 00196 is particularly friendly. Rabbits are in abundance as are foxes and badgers. Herds of deer can be seen running in the water meadows and up in the woods. Pigeons, crows, rooks along with the blackbird, sparrows and wagtails fly around the garden. The sinister side of the birds is represented by sparrow hawks, buzzards and red kite. We also have a game shoot managed by the game keepers so it is not unusual to find grouse, woodcock, pheasant and partridge roaming about the garden.
We are located a short drive from the local train station. The station itself is outside of the town and near to our lane to the Thatched Barn. A taxi service operates from outside the station and can be hired for the short journey to us. Many guests arrive on the train with their bicycles and ride up the lanes to us. Bicycles can be stored in the garage and locked away. There are miles and miles of pathways and bridleways that can be cycled and the most famous is the South Downs Way just a short distance from The Thatched Barn.
We invite visitors into the area to stay with us, which fits in with the Local Authorities development plan for the area. We are ideally situated between the two major towns of Brighton the to east and Portsmouth to the west. Brighton has of course the history of developing from a small fishing village to the major town and resort that it is now. Mainly thanks to George IV who decided to have his seaside palace built here now known as The Royal Pavillion. The town centre has all of the major shops and also not to be missed are the "lanes". Miles of tiny lanes filled with shops and eateries. Any visit to Brighton must also include the Pier and a walk along the seafront. Brighton can be reached via train from Arundel station as can Littlehampton the next seaside resort along the coast travelling West. Littlehampton is on the mouth of the river Arun, the major river that runs up through the county of West Sussex passing through Arundel and into Pulborough. The river Arun has the fastest running tidal flow in England. The Town of Arundel is within walking distance from The Thatched Barn. Accessed through the footpaths through the fields and along the river bank an enjoyable walk into Arundel followed by lunch at a pub and a gentle amble home would end the day nicely. The county Town of Chichester is six miles to the West. A visit to see the Cathedral is a must as is the town market cross and Roman Walls. To the west is the Naval town of Portsmouth. Here you can visit Nelsons famous flagship HMS Victory and alongside HMS Warrior plus many other items and museums in the Historic Naval Shipyard. You can also visit the Millennium Tower and look across to the Isle of White and finally a visit to Gunwharf Quays for the shops and eating houses.
We promise to support our community. Chris is a member of the local village committee and sits on the social sub committee helping to arrange things for the good of the community. Chris's claim to fame is the village pond project. The village pond was once the main source of water for the villagers and where all the horses were watered. Its original use was as a holding pond to run the local water mill in what is now know as Splash Farm. A holding of water was known as a shettle and thus we have Shettles Pond. The mill has long been gone and the pond had become overgrown. The water still bubbled up from the chalk springs deep underground and fed the now overgrown and lost pond resulting in the water flooding across the road. Hence Splash Farm. Chris spearheaded villagers to form work parties who over a series of weekends cleared the pond, installed a weir and made benches to sit on and enjoy the new pond. Wildife is in abundance and we have even had a swan arrive and stay for a while. The pond can be seen a short walk from The Thatched Barn passing down Shettles Lane towards the pond at the bottom of the lane Take some time out of this busy life and sit on the benches overlooking the pond and take your mind back to the time of horses pulling the plough and farm labourers walking across the fields . In addition many events take place in the local village hall. Chris's involvement recently was the development of the kitchen and the relocation of the disabled toilets. Only recently Chris has placed an order for the management of the collapsible tables in the village hall. Chris regularly arranges for volunteers to help out around the village such as cutting the weed growth back and cleaning up the village hall car park.
Each year the village arranges for a village fete. In 2011 in addition to the normal stalls of cakes, teas, plants, jumble, books, raffle and the like we had archery, smash the crockery, man in the stocks, beat the goalie, cupcake decoration competition, rabbit burgers (made from local produce) and a teddy trebuchet. The trebuchet was armed and a teddy selected from a pile of old teddies. At the right moment the contestant pulled the firing pin and the teddy was flung into the air. The furthest teddy won the prize. In the evening after the fete all the volunteers meet for a village bar b q in the village hall. Other village events include shuffleboard evenings, call my bluff wine tastings, film nights, dances with live music to name but a few. The village hall is used by the local village cricket team who play on a Saturday and Sunday during the season and the village stoolball team play each week. Shortmat bowls and badminton take place in the evenings. The village hall is also hired out for weddings and some couples have a marquee on the village green overlooking the cricket pitch towards the Castle on the horizon.
We have a pub in the Village, The George and Dragon which has a wonderful reputation for fine food and dining. Guest beers are always on tap. When the weather is nice you can sit outside and enjoy your meal. The car park is adjacent to the village hall. We also have an active Church congregation with our local vicar living in the village.
As stated above the village pond project was to bring back to live an overgrown weeded area with natural chalk springs and develop the area into an area for the public to enjoy. The village pond project was featured in the South Downs Magazine. As stated above the village pond project was to bring back to live an overgrown weeded area with natural chalk springs and develop the area into an area for the public to enjoy. The village pond project was featured in the South Downs Magazine. Our promise to sustain the environment reflects what we think about the area we live in. The area is an outstanding area of natural beauty and a conservation area. When we made our planning application for our works we were very sure of the style and impact that our development would have on the environment. All our products were from local resources and the roof tiles were from an indigenous company to West Sussex. We invite visitors into the area to stay with us, which fits in with the Local Authorities development plan for the area. We promise to support our community. Chris is a member of the local village committee and sits on the social sub committee helping to arrange things for the good of the community. Chris's claim to fame is the village pond project. In addition many events take place in the local village hall. Chris's involvement recently was the development of the kitchen and the relocation of the disabled toilets. Only recently Chris has placed an order for the management of the collapsible tables in the village hall. Only last weekend did Chris arrange for the village volunteers to cut the weed growth back and clean up the village hall car park.
The picturesque market town of Arundel spans the River Arun between Britain's new South Downs National Park and the Sussex UK coastline. Try a tour of its charming town centre streets, lined with Georgian and Victorian buildings housing tea-shops, restaurants, galleries and thriving independent shops. The majestic 11th Century Arundel Castle and gothic Cathedral dominate the skyline of this historic town. Arundel hosts a range of events all year round, including Arundel Festival and Gallery Trail, Corpus Christi, and Arundel by Candlelight, to mention just a few. Arundel’s charm makes it the perfect destination for a romantic get away and for any special occasion. A bustling farmers’ market is held in the town on the third Saturday of every month with stalls full of local produce so you can buy all you need for a picnic on the South Downs. Or you could treat yourself to a sumptuous meal at one of the town’s many places to eat, which serve a variety of locally-sourced food, from fruit and vegetables to freshly caught Selsey lobsters. A cruise on the meandering River Arun is the perfect way to relax and take in all the glorious sights Arundel has to offer. The river is also a favoured stretch for fishing. If you prefer salt water, then visit the nearby beach resorts at Littlehampton and Bognor Regis. Other attractions include Amberley Museum which is set in 36 acres and dedicated to the industrial heritage of the area. It has vintage transport, exhibitions and nature trails and is also home to a number of resident craftspeople who work to traditional methods. Or try a flutter at Fontwell Racecourse which stages 23 meetings throughout the year, as well as hosting live entertainment such as tribute bands and children's entertainment. Big feature days include Ladies' Evening, the Family Fun Day and, new for 2011, the Fontwell Racing Festival.
Local attractions include Arundel Castle and Gardens and Cathedral of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, which offer plenty of history to explore. Visitors can discover more about the town’s colourful past at the Arundel Museum History Store. Or take a break from sightseeing and enjoy the ambience at Belinda's, a 16th Century tea room and restaurant. Water lovers can relax and unwind on a River Arun Cruise with boats regularly setting sail from the Arundel Boat Yard. As the Arun winds its way around the town you will see the river is a haven for wildlife, as is the nearby Arundel Wetland Centre which attracts many wild birds to its lakes, reed beds and woodland retreats. Or why not hire a rowing boat to discover the picturesque Swanbourne Lake in the grounds of Arundel Park? Originally a millpond, the beauty of the lake has been captured by both Turner and Constable. For those happier taking a dip in the water, there’s Arundel Lido – the most scenic open-air heated swimming pool in Britain (open summer only). Back on dry land, Mill Road Leisure and Sports Park has putting greens and tennis courts to hire. Arundel also caters for fishing enthusiasts with fishing on the River Arun and on the four spring-fed lakes at Chalk Springs Fishery. Equestrian lovers can saddle up at Arundel Farm Riding and Driving Centre which offers lessons and accompanied hacks out in the countryside for experienced riders. Other attractions in Arundel include the spooky Arundel Ghost Experience in the town centre and the unique church of St Nicholas, being both Anglican and Catholic within the same building, separated by only a glass screen! An abundance of beautiful walks can be enjoyed too. Choose from a stroll around Arundel Park, a wander along the River Arun, or a trek across the rolling countryside of the South Downs. Just down the road from Arundel you will find Amberley Museum and if you fancy a day at the races try Fontwell Park Racecourse, a unique figure of eight race track