B&B near Arundel in the South Downs, England
Description of B&B near Arundel in the South Downs, England
We are lucky enough to live in Amberley, one of the prettiest and most interesting villages on the South Downs.
There is much to do here, from visiting the 16th century pub at the top of the hill to the Tea Rooms recently renovated in the centre of the village.
There are endless trails and walks both on the Downs and around the Wetlands that we can direct you to. On top of this there is Amberley Museum, Arundel Castle and several Gardens well worth a visit for those amongst you that are a little more green fingered.
What we are really trying to say is that if you want to come here and do nothing but sit in the garden you are welcome to, and it is a lovely garden too, with incomparable views. However if you like to stay busy walking or visiting cultural sites you will not run out of things to do here.
Rooms, food and facilities
We have a twin room and extra room for families only .Also a large sitting room is also provided for your private use.
We welcome people to sit in the garden and in provision for this we have chairs places all around the outside of the house for people to retire to should they so desire.
There is a downstairs loo and drying room with washroom for walkers.
All of the rooms have coffee and tea making facilities and long mirrors along with hairdryers.
How to find us
Amberley nestles nicely along the 'South Downs Way', and is one of the show villages of West Sussex, referred to often as the 'Pearl of Sussex' and an 'artist's haven'.
Travel along the B2139 from Storrington or Arundel watching for signs for Amberley.
PlanetAs my husband is a skilled carpenter we have utilised his ability to bring our house and many other houses in the village back up to an attractive standard. When we moved in twenty years ago there was a lot of work to be done on the whole house and garden, the view is one thing that we would never change but everything else we have worked on.
In order to help the local wildlife both inside and beyond our lovely garden we have initiated several things. Firstly we have many bird feeders made by Graham (my husband!) and as keen ornithologists we have spotted over twenty different species of bird around the area as a result. This ranges from Spotted Woodpeckers, Tits, Goldfinches and many more.
We promote travelling by public transport and are well served; there is a station in Amberley which is just a mile away. If people have luggage we can come and pick you up if it is pre arranged. There is also a bus service that we try to tell people about.
We love to source our fresh breakfasts as locally as possible if we can, whether it be the sausages from the village butcher, the eggs from the village shop (where they get them from local farms) and tomatoes from local growers to the honey which comes from our neighbour just a few doors down.
We are particularly proud of our garden which we feel has been cultivated to have the right balance between natural and formal. There are areas to sit and be peaceful and more rugged areas such as the bank on which the house sits where we have been careful to trim but not uproot any of the natural plants.
PeopleEverything within the house that we have worked on has been with the help of local suppliers from the village. We are keen to promote local community and practice what we preach with all of the building work. The lady who comes in to help me get the rooms ready is also from the village.
We promote the community businesses as much as we can. In particular there is the Tea Room in Amberley which has delicious home baked cakes and freshly brewed tea. One of the pubs in the village the Sportsman Inn is fantastic and serves great local food and ales, this is one to definitely visit if staying for a day or two.
There are also a couple of places within the village that have crafts available for sale. The village boasts 2 potteries one within the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre and several more craftspeople at the latter site including a blacksmith and a stained glass maker. The museum is on a 35 acre site and it quite a thing to go and see.
We keep up to date with all of the leaflets for the local walks and attractions and have books on most of the major ones such as Amberley Castle. We also have had a map and a guide made specifically for us with the local walks and the places of interest marked on them.
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