BOOK MONK HOUSE IN SUSSEX

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BOOK MONK HOUSE

Staying in Monk House is a truly historical experience, and a homely one, as one can feel the rich happy history of this sanctuary.

Stay in authentic historical building in a beautiful West Sussex town. Rustic Escapes offers our guests much more than just a house – come and see for yourself!

One week for 5 people from £33 per person per night.  Minimum stay 2 nights. 

Includes a welcome from our local representative and a welcome hamper.

Please refer to WHAT’S INCLUDED for full details. 

Rustic Escapes’ Monk House is literally across the road from the grand Georgian Petworth House; in the lovely town of Petworth, full of antique shops and beautiful period properties. It is a grade two listed 15th-century house known to be one of the oldest homes in Petworth.

The area offers a myriad of experiences for you to enjoy, including many notable historic houses and castles and beautiful gardens to explore. Details of these can be found in the section entitled Additional Experiences and our local representative will be happy to provide you with information about these and many other places of interest to visit during your stay.

RUSTIC ESCAPES SPECIALISES IN OFFERING A COMPLETE CONCIERGE SERVICE; ACCOMPANYING YOU TO HOUSES AND CASTLES, GARDENS AND NATURAL PARKS; ARRANGING EXPERIENCES AND ESCAPES TO EXPLORE BOTH NATURAL SUSSEX AND ITS FASCINATING CULTURAL AND AGRICULTURAL HISTORY.  Should you wish, we can accompany you daily on your visits to ensure you make the most of your stay. Speak to our reservations advisor for personalised concierge services, our drop-off service, airport collection and Additional Experiences or book an one of our ´Escapes´with experiences included daily and concierge accompaniment, transporting you and accompanying you and looking after the details, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your stay.

SEE OTHER ESCAPES TO ´ENJOY SUSSEX´

TO BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS , NEW YEAR , VALENTINES WEEKEND. GOODWOOD REVIVAL AND FESTIVAL OF SPEED  SEE ´SPECIAL ESCAPES´

Day 1 Arrival
You will be welcomed at Monk House by Rustic Escape’s local representative who will give you an overview of experiences and places to visit in the local area. Chauffeur collection from Gatwick Airport is available – contact us for prices.

The local representative can tell you all about the local places of interest that you can visit. You can book us to collect you each morning and accompany you to visit local historic houses, gardens and towns, ensuring that you make the most of your stay. There is also a daily drop-off service should you wish to book this. Please ask our reservations advisors about our concierge service.

If you would like us to accompany you to places of interest, you may like to refer to ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES for some ideas. You can enjoy a walk down to the river or up into the South Downs or simply relax in the garden. There is a cutting garden for you to pick your own flowers and enjoying a glass of local sparkling wine in the garden. Or soak in a roll top bath then enjoy a cosy afternoon in front of the fire.

However you decide to enjoy your time in Petworth our local representative will be on hand should you need anything.

Day 2
You plan your own itinerary on this escape but remember we are here to help you. We have lots of ideas – there is something for everyone. Please refer to ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES or  BOOK ´ENJOY SUSSEX´AND LET US ACCOMPANY YOU TO HOUSES, CASTLES, GARDENS AND ANTIQUE FAIRS, EXPERIENCING SUSSEX AS NEVER BEFORE; LETTING US LOOK AFTER THE DETAILS,LEAVING YOU FREE TO RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR STAY.  See ´Enjoy Sussex´escape or speak to one of our Reservations advisors.

Rustic Escapes offers a discretionary concierge and drop-off service which can be charged separately and arranged for specific days either prior to arrival or during the first day, when the local representative will be available to give guests an overview of all the experiences on offer. The concierge can accompany guests on all experiences. Alternately the local representative can offer a drop-off service to and from places of interest.

 

 



Included

  • Welcome by our local representative
  • Accommodation at Monk House in Petworth, West Sussex
  • 24 hour support from our local representative
  • For stays longer than 4 nights we include a cleaning service and a change of bed linens and towels
  •  Unlimited use of heating, water, gas and electricity
  •  A welcome hamper. Rustic’s larder and minibar (some items chargeable)
  •  Wifi and streaming service
  •  Open fire with unlimited firewood

Our Reservations Team can help you to plan your escape and select experiences. Contact us for any details.

Amberley Castle

Amberley Castle

With records dating back to 683AD this castle has a rich and varied history. Now a hotel combining ancient architecture with modern design, you can visit for traditional afternoon tea, lunch or dinner. It is a short easy walk from Spring Cottage.

Arundel Castle, cathedral, town, and wetlands

Arundel Castle, cathedral, town, and wetlands

Experience almost 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds and built at the end of the 11th century. Continue your vist to Arundel by visiting the imposing Roman Catholic Cathedral, antique shops and art galleries.

Chichester

Chichester

Chichester blends old with new with its cathedral, shopping, annual flower festival and cultural opportunities including Chichester Festival Theatre. Near to Goodwood, the Weald and Downland Museum and West Dean Gardens.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a historic port and a dynamic waterfront city. The historic dockyard is the UK’s premier destination for naval history. Inside you will find attractions including Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. You can also get out onto the water on the Harbour Tour excursions.

Horsham

Horsham

Horsham is a good centre for shopping and a historic centre where you can have lunch or a drink.

Denmans Garden

Denmans Garden

Denmans Garden started as a market garden in 1946 to grow vegetables and cut flowers for the Covent Garden Market in London. Having been redesigned by John Brookes, it is now a timeless, contemporary garden with unusual plantings and quiet places to contemplate.

High Beeches Garden

High Beeches Garden

This Woodland and water garden is one of Sussex’s finest gardens with a collection of rare, exotic and award-winning plants.

Anne of Cleves House

Anne of Cleves House

Explore how the Tudors and Elizabethans lived, worked and relaxed at home. Learn the story of one of England’s most famous kings, Henry VIII.

Parham House and Gardens

Parham House and Gardens

Parham is one of England’s finest Elizabethan houses (dating from 1577) that has changed little over the centuries and is set in beautiful gardens Combine with a visit to Brighton, Horsham or Petworth.

Petworth House and Gardens

Petworth House and Gardens

Petworth House is a stately 17th century mansion housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust. The town of Petworth is well-known for its antique shops.

Weald and Downland Living Museum

Weald and Downland Living Museum

Discover rescued rural homes and buildings which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in them for over 1000 years. There is also an opportunity to book rural and historic-themed workshops.

Bignor Roman Villa

Bignor Roman Villa

See the stunning remains of this Roman home with world-class mosaic floors in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

Brighton

Brighton

The Georgian town of Brighton attracts many visitors to see the pier, The Royal Pavilion (built by George VI) and the elegant houses of this seaside town. There are countless bars and restaurants, excellent shopping in big shops or in the independent shops of the Lanes.

London

London

Founded by the Romans as Londinium in 45BC with the River Thames running through it, London is the political and economic capital of England. The price quoted is to travel by train from Amberley (journey time of 1hour 40minutes from Amberley Station. Your concierge can help you to plan your visit in advance if you would like recommendations.

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Mosaicos de Fishbourne

Enjoy the luxury that would once have surrounded the proud owner of this lavish Roman residence. Stroll around the recreated Roman gardens – the earliest gardens found anywhere in the country – and enjoy the largest collection of mosaics in situ in the UK.

Nymans

Nymans

A garden lovers’ home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins.

RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve

RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve

Pulborough Brooks is an RSPB nature reserve that is situated within 420 acres of the South Downs National Park and is one of the south east’s most impressive wetlands. The nature reserve and visitors centre is open all year round and is a haven for wildlife.

Sheffield Park and Gardens

Sheffield Park and Gardens

Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland.

South Downs Natural Park

South Downs Natural Park

Spring Cottage in Amberley is situated on the route called the South Downs Way. This is a famous path from Eastbourne to Winchester that crosses the rolling hills of the South Downs. Walk some of the 120km of the South Downs Way which ends in Winchester, the ancient capital of England.

Wakehurst

Wakehurst

A botanical garden with the world’s largest seed conservation project. Funded and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. An Elizabethan mansion stands in 500 acres of ornamental gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve.

West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens

One of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today.
Combine with a visit to Chichester or Weald and Downland Museum.

Arundel Wetlands Centre

Arundel Wetlands Centre

Stroll along gentle pathways to quiet spots to watch Sussex wildlife and take a boat trip among the reeds. A relaxing way to spend a couple of hours and of course great for birdwatching.

Amberley Wildbrooks Nature Reserve

Amberley Wildbrooks Nature Reserve

Our guests are lucky to be staying in the Amberley Wildbrooks Nature reserve and can look for deer, foxes, pheasants and many other animals from Spring Cottage.

Rustic Escapes’ Monk House is literally across the road from the grand Georgian Petworth House; in the lovely town of Petworth, full of antique shops and beautiful period properties. It is a grade two listed 15th-century house known to be one of the oldest homes in Petworth.

Built-in 1428, this authentic historical building was originally a resting post for pilgrims, monks and friars, turned out of the abbeys and monasteries by Henry VIII. These religious pilgrims found sanctuary in the monk’s houses dotted throughout the south of England. A similar monk’s house in Lewes later also provided sanctuary to Virginia Woolf and her Bloomsbury set. Our Monk House boasts a similar writer’s retreat tucked amongst the trees in the stunning 52-metre mature garden overlooking the renowned Shimming Valley. Monk House boasts the longest private garden in Petworth. A further bonus is Petworth park with access across the road. Not only historians, but writers and nature lovers will find this house to be a treasure.

The house still boasts its original exposed beams, thick stone walls, oak framed leaded windows, and wooden floors and panelling, a historian’s delight. Curious guests can still find a hidden passageway which is believed to connect the house to St Mary’s church some 50 yards away.  Staying in Monk House is a truly historical experience, and a homely one, as one can feel the rich happy history of this sanctuary. Rustic Escapes is committed to preserving this historic site while bringing it up to standard so that it offers the style and comfort guests expect from our properties.

At present, the house can only accommodate five guests, however, it is important that guests understand that the present bathroom facilities are still practically those found in the 15th century! 

 Please check with our reservations advisor before booking to find our current stage of facility developments

Shared facilities include a traditional family bathroom and two further WCs, one with a shower.

During the summer of 2022 we are installing an en-suite shower room with basin and WC in the master bedroom and a further en-suite bathroom with a luxury shower in the second, or monk’s room. In the bedroom “In The Eves” guests will find the rolltop bath characteristic of all Rustic Escape’s properties.

By the end of the summer 2022 Monk House will accommodate between five and six guests with the possibility of a further single bed.

Currently Monk House has the following sleeping arrangements:

Master Bedroom: King-sized double bed with a view of the garden and Shimmings Valley.

A large room with original oak beams and wooden floors. The colors of the room are pinks and greens with a Colefax and Fowler English tulip design.

The Monk’s Room: Double queen-sized bed.

A small but cosy room with original exposed oak beams and wooden panelling, dressed in Nina Campbell’s Amora in soft green and gold embroidered silk.

Bedroom 3 ‘In the Eaves’: A large single bed with an enclosed WC and basin and a separate dressing room space. This bedroom is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility.

The bedroom in the eaves is found up a magical 15th-century stairway that leads into two double aspect rooms, occupying the whole of the third floor. On one side from the large single bed, a guest can see the Grand Georgian Petworth House next door.

Facilities include: A lounge with a smart TV, WIFI, and comfortable seating, a kitchen diner, bedecked in beautiful eau de nil blues and greens with a coal-burning fire. A kitchen diner with an authentic Rayburn boiler, cooker and oven, a microwave a toaster a coffee maker a kettle and a beautiful dresser with an 18th century English porcelains display and lovely curtains depicting English flowers in fuchsia and red chintz.

Our concierge service offers a personal touch. The concierge will usually accompany you on your experiences or just drop you off and collect you later if you prefer. Of course they can also advise you where to eat, help you with shopping enquiries, assist in buying theatre tickets etc and answer specific questions you may have about your stay at Monk House – little touches that make your stay comfortable and personal to you. (Note the concierge does not stay at the cottage with you.)

We can also offer a drop-off service should guests prefer to simply be transported to places of interest and then collected when they wish to return to the cottage or proceed to another experiences.

Many of our concierges speak both English and Spanish (and often French too).

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