Petworth bed and breakfast, South Downs, England

Description of Petworth bed and breakfast, South Downs, England

Step back in time and experience a night at this beautiful bed and breakfast. Widely acknowledged as Britainís most beautiful railway stations set in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The former Petworth railway station was originally built in 1892 for The Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. Now converted into the countryís most unusual accommodations; choose to stay in the old station itself or enjoy the amazing colonial magnificence of one of the four restored Pullman Carriages. Wake up to a breakfast made from locally sourced ingredients and eat in style with a silver service breakfast like King Edward himself. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and variety of wildlife that visit the gardens and live in the trees; you might even spot a deer. Or you can sit on the platform and enjoy one of their famous afternoon cream-teas whilst dreaming of times gone by.

Just across the river, walk next door to experience the delicious food served at restaurant/ pub, Badgers. There are plenty more places to eat and drink if you venture slightly further afield into Petworth or the nearby villages of Duncton, Lodsworth and Tillington. Thereís a lot to do in the area with National Trust Petworth House and Uppark House nearby, or take a trip Arundel Castle or the Weald and Downland open air museum.

Surrounded by woodland and beautiful views of the South Downs, the B&B is a perfect location for walking, as itís on the South Downs Way; then come back and experience the romantic and glamorous age of Pullman rail-travel with plenty of flair and style.

Rooms, food and facilities

There are 10 rooms available at this old station. Choose to stay in one of the two double rooms in the station itself or one of 8 double rooms available in the Pullman railway carriages. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom complete with bath and shower, well stocked quality toilet toiletries and fluffy towels.

In the carriages there are 6 Standard rooms and two King rooms. King rooms are about a third larger and the bathroom is twice as long.

Other facilities available in all rooms include
- Full central heating
- Flat screen TVís
-Tea and coffee-making facilities
... and everything you would expect from a 4 star establishment.

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How to find us

From Petworth, Pound Street (A272) take the first exit on the roundabout onto Stations Road (A285), go through one roundabout and turn left onto Station Road.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Petworth bed and breakfast, South Downs, England


This beautiful royal station was originally built for King Edward VII (then Prince of Wales) as a fast way of getting to Goodwood racecourse and for visiting friends. Part of the original London Brighton South Coast Railway it stopped being used in 1966 when the line was closed. The magnificent building is made entirely of timber and has been completely restored over the years from the local timber yard. Local craftsmen do all the maintenance on the carriages and it is a constant job keeping them in their original colonial splendour.

With 2 acres of land the beautiful gardens and grounds are home to lots of interesting wildlife. In the trees there are two nesting pairs of owls and plenty of bats. Youíll often spots badgers and deer in the woods and Gudmund even came across a rare adder on the platform. The woodland and bird feeders attract a wide variety of birds and there are some particularly tame little robins that might come and say hello. The wildlife lives in harmony with the station and seems quite comfortable about sharing the landscape with Pullman railway carriages and its guests.


The delicious breakfasts served are all made from locally sourced ingredients, provided by local farm shops and eggs from the local farm. Gudmund recommends hopping across the river to neighbouring restaurant Badgers for a delicious meal. Other great local pubs and restaurants to visit in the area include; The Leconfield, Petworth; The Horse Guards Inn, Tillington; The Cricketers, Duncton and the Halfway Bridge Inn, Lodsworth.

The local area hosts a variety of events over the year. Supporting locals at the Petworth festival in July and enjoying the music arts and crafts. Gudmund particularly enjoys attending Goodwood Festival of Speed, Glorious Goodwood and Goodwood Revival. If youíre not in town when a particular event is on there are plenty of other wonderful places in the South Downs to recommend to you; The Weald and Downland open air museum is a particular favourite with its resurrected buildings that have been furnished and finished as they were originally; Arundel castle and grounds; Petworth House and Uppark House National Trust properties and gardens are also great to visit.


The beautiful woodland surrounding the station and carriages is home to a variety of beautiful trees. Exceptional Sliver Birch, Ash and Oak trees are home to the families of bats that youíll often see flying around as you take in the views of the area. There are two very grand trees that are also lovely to look at. Old stories told these to be giant American Redwoods as historically these were planted as a sign of great wealth, which would be fitting for King Edward VII. However the myth was put to rest as Gudmund had them identified by an expert as Lawson's Cypresses. Although not true to the royal story, still a beautiful addition to the landscape.

There is a very steep hill you can also see in the grounds; the railway embankment. If you venture to the end of the garden you can visit the old railway bridge and escape into the heart of the countryside by going of one of many walks in to the South Downs. There are plenty of sample books for guides of where to walk; the South Downs Way runs right near Petworth; or simply take a stroll through Petworth Park as Gudmund likes to himself.

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