South Downs B&B near Chichester, England

Description of South Downs B&B near Chichester, England

Guests describe our home as tranquil, private and quiet. We have provided accommodation and breakfast since 1993 and have always sought to give guests what we would want ourselves.

We want our guests to be happy and so we give them a room and bathroom suite that has been described as "being like having your own suite". We usually only let one room so you won't run into other guests when you stay here. We sometimes let an extra room but only to connected parties such as brothers sisters and older children. We have a lovely garden and are happy for guests to enjoy it.

We have an unusual approach to breakfast, you can have what you want. If you are staying more that one night or if you ask in advance we are happy to cook you anything, within reason, from steak and eggs, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, smoked haddock and poached egg, kidneys and black pudding with fried bread to porridge with cream and honey or yoghurt and fresh fruit. If we know in advance we can accommodate any special dietary needs.

This part of the National Park offers guests walking, cycling in some of the most beautiful scenery in the park just to the north of us together with sailing and fishing just to the south. If you want a packed lunch to accompany your exertions just let us know.

For those just wishing to relax we have what is said to be the best exhibition of modern art outside London, a much admired theatre, horse racing and motor racing at the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival Meeting.

All of this and lovely local village pubs and restaurants galore. We have one of the best pubs in this area in our village and it's just 5 minutes walk down the road.

Rooms, food and facilities

We have one good sized double room with its own adjacent bathroom in a private section of our house. The room has it's own television but if you would like to sit somewhere else there is a small sitting room next to our kitchen which also has a television

Occasionally we let an additional large single/small double room but as this involves sharing the bathroom we only let it to connected parties such as older children or brother and sisters etc. We do not wish to compromise our guest’s privacy.

Breakfast is served in an attractive beamed dining room.

We have a pretty garden which we are happy for our guests to use.

We also have off road parking and secure storage for bicycles.

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How to find us

We are on the B2178 approximately 10 minutes from the centre of Chichester. As you enter East Ashling from the Chichester direction we are the 4th building on the left hand side. We have a blue/green picket fence at the front of our property.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South Downs B&B near Chichester, England


We recycle all recyclable waste and we compost all food preparation waste but this is just a minimum and more of a domestic issue than an environmental one. We are aware that the success of our business depends upon the environment of The Downs as a destination. The sustainability of this depends upon a blend of respect for agriculture and the landscape. We encourage visitors to go to places where most people don't go in the hope that this will limit the wear and tear on the landscape but also give them a more individual experience. Nearby Kingley Vale is famous for its yew trees, orchids and deer, everyone wants to see the deer and most believe that it is just a question of turning up at the right location and there they will be just like a zoo, we try to educate guests to understand that the pleasure in wild deer is just stumbling across them accidently. Similarly if there is no awareness of the presence of wild orchids there is a danger that they will be trodden on and destroyed. There are also more routes through, around and over it than the main route used by most people. David is also a passionate angler so the sustainability of local waters and the quality of inshore waters is something that he is very interested in.


As you would expect after so long we are well integrated with our community and in touch with most local businesses which we support wherever possible when buying ingredients or when making recommendations about restaurants or pubs. We only cook fresh food and all of our ingredients come from suppliers within a few miles of the Dairy Farm, our eggs come from a friend who keeps chickens in his garden. David is a member of a local group campaigning against speeding traffic. We have many local attractions that improve visitors understanding of The Downs in this area; good examples of this are The Weald and Downland Museum and West Dean College which deserve the support of our guests. We are also lucky to have what is generally regarded as the best exhibition of modern art outside of London in the Pallant House Gallery and the much admired Chichester Festival Theatre which also deserve support.


David spends his winters as a beater on various local shoots this involves spending all day walking up and down The Downs getting muddy and tearing his clothes. Cilla has been an enthusiastic horse rider and has spent many days riding horses over and around The Downs. We both do a lot of walking and cycling and keep a lot of information to hand about local walks and rides. Guests tend to want to explore with their cars and often do not see footpaths as a connected network so we encourage the exploration of The Downs on foot using footpaths between villages that return them to their start point taking in a pub along the way. We have extensive knowledge of this part of the National Park as well as the coast to the south from the muddy flats and harbours of the west to the sandy beaches of the east which we are happy to pass on to guests.

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