Location:East Lavant, Nr Chichester in the South Downs National ParkSee map here
More info:Price is dependent on Season and room type and special rates apply during the Goodwood Festival, Glorious and Revival.
Description of Luxury B&B near Chichester, England
Guests love our old world charm combined with 5 star luxury and use us as a base for exploring the South Downs town and country. So if you want to enjoy a long walk taking in the ancient yews at Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve one day, explore West Wittering's seaside nature reserve the next and then shop in Chichester's unique local boutiques the next whilst enjoying fine local produce in our restaurant come and stay!
Charles and Sarah have now been running The Royal Oak for almost 5 years and with two teenage children the future of the planet is hugely important. While we don't have room to grow our own veg (we do at home) we do make sure that everything we do makes an impact - so we recycle all our glass and paper products and use low energy lightbulbs as well as turning down the heat when guests are not present.....each of our rooms is supplied with Toiletries from Temple Spa in Brighton all made with natural products and no parabens and we try to encourage guests to make good use of their towels rather than changing them every day so saving water and chemicals.
Our chefs use only freshly prepared seasonal produce cooked daily - no frozen food, no ready prepared meals but real food cooked by real people. We are foodie enthusiasts and live in a part of the countryside that provides us with seafood from Selsey, Pork from Funtingdon, locally cured smoked salmon from Horsham as well as an abundance of fresh veg, herbs, mushrooms and berries - have a look at our menu which changes every quarter to reflect what is available.
Having sampled our menu you'll need to rebuild your appetite and we are right in the middle of the South Downs National Park with plenty of walking, riding and golfing on our doorstep which we are happy to arrange for you. All these activities as well as racing at Goodwood and Fontwell are close by so no need to generate carbon miles enjoying yourself.
Rooms, food and facilities
All our rooms are en-suite and range from luxurious to simple. We have six double rooms two of which can be made up as twins and all are equipped with Vi-sprung beds that our guests reckon are the most comfortable they have ever slept in and which are of course made in the UK combined with leather headboards that were made for us by a crofter in the Outer Hebrides! Families often take one of our two cottages with their own private gardens, fully fitted kitchens and two double bedrooms so that although they are self catering you can still enjoy the restaurant over the road.
There is a plentiful supply of wellies and umbrellas to cope with all weathers...and all rooms as well as the cottages have flat screenTVs, iPod docks and tea and coffee facilities, fresh milk, chocolate, soft drinks and wine.
Nearest Train station is Chichester a ten minute Taxi ride, or else take the A256 from Midhurst to Chichester and turn left after Lavant Village to East Lavant.
Responsible tourism: Luxury B&B near Chichester, England
Recycling waste is hugely important to us as we realise that we have limited resources on this planet and must use them wisely so we recycle all our glass, plastic, paper and cardboard and have changed our supplier to Sita in order to do this although it actually costs us more to do so. We train our housekeepers to make sure that all the waste from the rooms is recycled too and to minimise their use of cleaning chemicals. All the newspapers and magazines from the hotel and restaurant are recycled either by giving them to local health clinics for reuse or by recycling through waste disposal - even our black bin liners are recycled!
In order to reduce our carbon footprint we have stopped burning coal in our open fires and use locally cut logs from sustainably managed woodland which also helps up to reduce our reliance on gas to heat our restaurant and bar. Our guests thoroughly enjoy the result! It keeps a couple of locals employed cutting and supplying the timber. We also ask our guests to consider the environment by turning down the level of heat in their rooms and encourage snuggling up under our Hebridean wool throws instead - we find it provides greater warmth all round.....
In order to promote other local businesses including craftsmen, artists and tourist attractions we take part in a leaflet exchange each year which also enables us to meet other providers, keep up with the old and the new and provide up to date information to our guests . Our staff are often asked for ideas about what to do, which gardens are open, how to get to places and where to find particular shops - they are all trained to provide advice on the locality from shooting to windsurfing and all have a breadth of knowledge to add. We also host a locals evening each year to promote wellbeing and friendliness in the local community and encourage them to support our efforts. Whereas we are packed during the events at Goodwood many of our smaller B & B operators are less well known so we agree to pass on business to them wherever we can in the knowledge that everyone wins in the end.
Each year we support a particular charity by hosting a lunch for them and providing a dinner for two as an auction prize - these are often the local church, local schools and larger groups such as St Richard's hospice.
Through visiting local parks, the oldest yew forest in existence - Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve as well as gardens and the landscapes we are able to generate interest and spread our love of the area that has kept our children entertained and us occupied with walkiing, cycling, photography and painting. We share this enthusiasm with the West Dean Foundation and Pallant House Gallery and encourage our visitors to go and experience these.
West Dean gardens were planted by the Edwardian landscaper Russell Page who used the chalk downland setting to show off his own planting. Petworth also next door was designed by Capability Brown and painted by Turner whose pictures of the landscape are on display within the house. Both gardeners made use of the natural landscape features of rolling hills with contrasting escarpments to create unique views. Uppark by contrast uses the landscape on a more domestic scale but still manages to capture the romantic outlook of the late eighteenth century. South Harting Down is a wild National Trust owned reserve where on a sunny day you can hear skylarks above the hillside. We have a full array of maps and directions for local walks available in reception. We have a wealth of stories from our own and locals experience to relate and are very happy to pass the time of day in order to enthuse others.
Many of these experiences are personal and relate to the particular hunting, shooting, fishing or walking interests of us and our staff. You should hear our barman talk about his fishing trips with the rod that he bought with his Christmas bonus and the fish that he brought back to be cooked in the kitchen!