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Wile away the hours in our peaceful site. Play games in the meadow, toast marshmallows over your fire, cook up beautiful food in your kitchen hut or over the flames of your BBQ. It's the perfect place to unwind and relax.


We're surrounded by incredible countryside. The rolling hills of the South Downs, Chichester Harbour an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as picture perfect villages like Bosham & Emsworth. We're close to famous attractions; the Goodwood motor circuit, the Weald and Downland Living museum and the historic cities of Chichester and Portsmouth.


There's so much to see and do, we'd love to welcome you to our site. Take a look through our glamping website for more information.





West Wittering Beach is Perfect for Dog Walks

The last year has seen a huge surge in dog ownership, so we wanted to let you know how dog friendly our self catering cottages are if you want to bring your furry friend along for your holiday.


Set in grounds of more than 100 acres, our converted stable buildings Lucky's Stable and Silhouettes Stable sleep 8 and 6 people respectively, or 14 altogether! But, there is also plenty of room for your pooches. We've also included an outdoor wash station for your dogs after a muddy walk in the woods, or a sandy frolic on the beach.


Both stables also feature a hot tub (for you, not the dogs!), and both cottages have spacious outdoor terraces with comfy sofas and hammocks.

Perfect for watching the sunset over the surrounding meadows whilst enjoying a BBQ and a drink or two.


The Beautiful Outdoor Terrace at Sillhouette's Stable

Our stables and glamping site are surrounded by wildflower meadows which are perfect for scenic walks, and spotting wildlife. Further afield, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to walks that you can all enjoy.


The Wonderful Wildflower Meadows


A Few of Our Favourite Walking Spots Nearby


Stunning Views from Kingly Vale

Kingly Vale Nature Reserve

Enjoy spectacular views from the top of this stunning nature reserve, as well as a beautiful 2,000 year old yew forest. You can also see 3 ancient bronze age burial mounds at the summit.



The Crown and Anchor at Chichester Harbour

Chichester Harbour

Chichester Harbour is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Teeming with wildlife, this protected area stretches for miles and miles. Perfect for reviving walks along the shore line.


Sunset at Bosham Harbour

Bosham Harbour

Check out our blog post about beautiful Bosham which has lots of things to see and do, as well as a beautiful walk along the harbour quay.


Weald and Downland Museum

Weald and Downland Museum

This unique outdoor museum has over 900 years of history represented in the buildings on site. There are lots of interactive activities, festivals and events all year round too. It also happens to be very dog friendly, with plenty of space for walks through the site and the surrounding woodlands.


East Head at West Witterings Beach

West Witterings Beach

Enjoy miles of sandy beaches, including East Head, a national Trust sand bank where dogs can run free off their leads. However, please remember that from 1st May to 30th September, dogs are excluded from the main swimming beach, but there is still plenty of room on the headland. We recommend booking your parking spot at the beach car park in advance.



Paddle Boarding on Chichester Canal

Chichester Canal

Close to the town centre this is a peaceful wildlife haven and a wonderful spot for a relaxing dog walk. Keep your eyes open for kingfishers, herons and large dragonflies passing by. Take a picnic and watch the world go by, it's an idyllic way to spend an afternoon.



Dog Friendly Pubs Nearby

Although part of the fun of a self catering holiday is cooking your own meals or having a BBQ on your terrace, there are also lots of lovely pubs close by that welcome dogs. These are a few of our favourites that we look forward to getting back to once the Covid regulations ease.


The Fox and Hounds - Funtington


The Horse and Groom - East Ashling


The Richmond Arms - West Ashling


The Hare & Hounds - Stoughton


The Crown and Anchor - Del Quay



The Beautiful Bosham Harbour Shoreline

We've always known that we're based in a stunning and peaceful part of the UK, but Airbnb have recently listed Bosham as one of the Top 10 places in the UK for a Staycation.


Our luxury Self Catering Cottages and gorgeous boutique Glamping spots are a short 7 minute drive from Bosham Harbour, so we thought we should tell you more about this part of the world, and its hidden treasures.



History


Bosham Holy Trinity Church

When painters capture stunning views of the harbour they often feature the famous Bosham Holy Trinity Church which dates back to Saxon and Norman times over 1000 years ago. It is said to contain the grave of King Canute's un-named daughter, and some have ventured to say that Bosham Harbour is famously the place that King Canute tried to stop the tide.




Shopping


Handpainted Boats at Bosham Walk Arts and Crafts Centre

If you're looking for some unique gifts or mementoes of your trip, why not visit the local arts and crafts centre Bosham Walk. Here you can watch artists and craftsmen at work, and paint your own ceramics, as well as browsing a selection of handmade products from 20 different shops, all in a pretty old world setting.



Places to Eat


Breakfast Buns at the Shoreside Cafe


There are lots of lovely places to eat in Bosham and the Harbour. There are a few of of our favourites.


Shoreside Cafe

From delicious breakfast buns, to hot pasties, and yummy crab sandwiches, you'll be spoilt for choice for your harbour side picnic at this cafe.


Pop In

A small but perfectly formed cafe, serving hot drinks, homemade savouries, sandwiches and cakes. Ideal for refuelling on route whilst on a picturesque bike ride.


Timberley and Co

For delicious Kelly's ice cream by the scoop, hot and cold drinks, and other sweet treats.


Wendy's Tea Room

This is the resident tea room at Bosham Walk. Perfect for a cuppa and a slice of cake after a brisk walk around the harbour.



Activities


Why Not Try Paddle Boarding?

Walking

Keep it simple and take a scenic walk around Bosham village and the Quay. The road around the harbour gets flooded at high tide, so keep an eye on the tide timetables to make sure you can walk all the way around the harbour.


Watersports

If you're feeling more adventurous, why not hire a paddle board or perhaps take a Kayaking trip at nearby Chichester Harbour.


Cycling

There are lots of beautiful cycle routes along the harbour, and further afield into Chichester. Hayling Island Cycle Hire will drop off and collect bikes at your preferred location so you can cycle along the route you fancy.



If these ideas have inspired you, why not book your holiday today at our Luxury Cottages or choose from our boutique Glamping options such as our Gypsy Wagon, Woodland Wagon, or Belle Tent.


Our Hand Painted Gypsy Wagon, Complete with a Cosy Double Bed



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