Escapes - Walk the South Downs Way

Walk the South Downs Way

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Description

WALK THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY

For up to 6 people for 3 – 10 nights.

SELF-DRIVE OPTION. UP TO 6 PEOPLE CAN STAY (*5th/ 6th PERSON STAYS FREE). PLEASE SPEAK TO OUR RESERVATIONS ADVISOR FOR OPTIONS WHICH INCLUDE CHAUFFEUR AND CONCIERGE SERVICES.

One week for 4 people from £45 per person per night. See WHAT’S INCLUDED for more details.

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 120 km of the South Downs Way which ends in Winchester, the ancient capital of England and historic seat of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Walkers that complete the 120 km obtain a certificate of completion. It is also possible to complete a section of the walk by bicycle or on horseback and many people complete a part of the walk each year.

Guests of Rustic Escapes have access to a member of our team who can advise you and translate routes of the South Downs Way and we can help you at any stage of your walk, whether to bring a meal or to collect you when you decide to return to the house. Please ask our reservations advisor for prices for these options. Drop-off and concierge services can be requested for any day of your stay.

  • The cottage accommodates 6 people, where guests share 3 double bedrooms. A small single can be provided in one of the bedrooms.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS ESCAPE IS NOT AVAILABLE BETWEEN 22 DECEMBER AND 02 JANUARY. PLEASE SEE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ESCAPES TO BOOK DURING THIS PERIOD.

Day 1 Arrival

You will be greeted at Spring Cottage by Rustic Escape’s local representative who will give you an overview of the local area and welcome you with a drink.

Please ask our reservations advisor should you wish to be collected at the airport.

A welcome hamper will be waiting for you to enjoy during your stay.

You can enjoy a walk down to the river or up into the South Downs or simply relax in the garden or on the decking which overlooks the Wildbrooks Nature Reserve. There is a cutting garden for you to pick your own flowers and an open air hot tub for evening stargazing enjoying a glass of local sparkling wine. Or soak in a roll top  bath then enjoy a cosy afternoon in front of the fire.

For a  3, 5 , 7 or 10 night stay guests can choose to walk parts of the South Downs Way. Should you wish to enjoy a drop-off service each day, we can arrange this . Our reservations staff can arrange for an experienced walker to accompany guests on their walks or we can simply provide guests with a map. Or our local representative will meet them at designated points of the walk, with a welcome drink and a snack and the chance to hop in the car when they are ready for home. Please ask our reservations advisor for prices for drop off and concierge services.

Guests who are experienced  horse-riders can also opt to enjoy parts of the Way on horseback. Our reservations advisors can prearrange this for you. We can also advise re hiring a bicycle (e-bikes are also available).

Included

CONCIERGE  OPTIONS AND PRICES ARE AVAILABLE.

  •  Accommodation at Spring Cottage in the picturesque village of Amberley, West Sussex
  •  24 hour support from our local representative, who will meet the guests at the cottage on arrival
  •  Welcome by our local representative with an overview of the local area
  •  Greeting and overview of the daily routes and walks by our concierge
  •  Welcome hamper
  •  Downstairs bedroom and adapted shower room suitable for guests with limited mobility
  •  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
  •  Rustic's larder and minibar (some items chargeable)
  •  Open air hot tub in the garden
  •  Wifi and streaming services
  •  Open fire with unlimited firewood

 

Spring Cottage is a much-loved family home which has been decorated in traditional English style with pretty colours and antique furniture. The country kitchen (with Smeg fridge and range cooker) offers all facilities to prepare your own meals if you wish to eat at home. The dining area in the sitting room features a large Georgian mahogany table and chairs and grandfather clock. There is a large fireplace for colder evenings flanked by comfortable armchairs and a beautiful Liberty’s chaise longue with a television, DVD player and internet-based film and TV streaming. Each of the three bedrooms has a double bed and they are served by two bathrooms (including showers and a roll-top bath). The downstairs bedroom and bathroom are suitable for guests with limited mobility.

A secluded courtyard leads off the kitchen and glazed doors open from the dining area to a large terrace with swing-seat and the terraced garden overlooking Amberley Wildbrooks Nature Reserve. The views from here and from the upstairs master bedroom are wonderful and you can sit for hours watching the wildlife and enjoying nature. The garden is such a special place. Steps lead down from the terrace and on each level, you can stop to cut your own flowers or maybe sit in the hot tub while you enjoy those views.

When it’s cold you can light the fire in the sitting-room and enjoy a cosy winter evening with a good book or maybe drink a glass of English wine or beer under the stars from the warmth of the hot tub. We cater for all weathers by offering our guests a selection of umbrellas, jackets, scarves and wellies during their stay.

Your local representatives will be waiting to greet you on arrival. Our concierge will answer any questions and advise you – not only recommending restaurants and local pubs but also can organise your visits to cultural or sporting events, theatres, musicals and many other events.

Amberley Village Stores supplies quality local and fresh produce and we will prepare a welcome hamper to await your arrival.

If you would like any information about our escapes or our concierge service, just get in touch. Our reservation team will help ensure your stay is interesting, enjoyable and relaxing. During your stay, just speak to your concierge to change or add to your programme.

Amberley is a quintessentially English country village near Arundel in West Sussex with thatched cottages, old brick and tilework and flowers everywhere you look.Nestled in the rolling hills of the South Downs, the village is surrounded by the wetlands of Amberley Wildbrooks Nature Reserve, important for its wild deer, pheasants and a wide variety of migratory birds from across the globe.

This country village has its own castle, and XIIth century church. It also boasts its own pub and tearoom (serving delicious home-made cakes) and Amberley Village Stores with its friendly service and local fresh produce which can be delivered to your door (and the recent winner of the South East regional category for the best village shop/Post Office in the Countryside Alliance Awards).

AMBERLEY, SUSSEX

Walk up to Amberley Mount with its steep climb up to the South Downs Way or stroll along a section of the beautiful River Arun which is so atmospheric when shrouded in mist. Walk, cycle or horse-ride part of the South Downs National Park which offers 1,600km2 of breath-taking views or pause at night to appreciate the world’s newest International Dark Sky Reserve and enjoy the star-studded skies. If you are feeling more adventurous, guests can request paddle and surf board for use on the river or sea which is only ten minutes away by car. Accompanied river trips by boat can also be arranged from Arundel or by paddleboard from the nearby resort of Shoreham.

Participate in the annual Ale at Amberley (beer festival) with musical entertainment to enjoy and pop in to the Amberley Working Museum to see old agricultural and industrial machinery at work. Let us take you a little further afield to visit beautiful gardens, castles and old houses or to buy antiques or local crafts.

Spring Cottage is not far from Amberley train station and the short walk is a real pleasure. You feel you are miles from everything and time slows down as you are immersed in nature. Stop off en route for a drink or meal at one of the local pubs and you will know you have arrived!

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 1 hour 40 minutes 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 Natural Pulborough

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.

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 Spring Cottage - little touches that make your stay comfortable and personal to you. (Note the concierge does not stay at the cottage with you.)

For specialist programmes Rustic Escapes provides an expert concierge. The team includes an expert horticulturist and ornithologist. Specialist programmes are lead by experts eg cookery workshops, foraging, riding etc.

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

Reviews

  1. We stayed at Spring Cottage in the adorable village of Amberley, the perfect spot to chill out. Situated right on the edge of the Amberley Wildbrooks Nature Reserve, it perfectly meets the idea of a traditional English village with its individual cottages with thatched roofs and rose-covered archways with cottage garden plants. … Read More at https://www.yours.co.uk/travel/holidays/articles/spring-cottage-amberley-review?rq=spring%20cottage

  2. Truly the best Airbnb I’ve ever rented. This house massively over-delivered on the pictures, the view is breathtaking and you’re not overlooked at all. An amazing house in an amazing location. The house was sparking clean when we arrived, with a wonderful welcome hamper of goodies. We absolutely loved the Jacuzzi, which was crystal clear and perfectly clean. The terrace and garden were just delightful. We were welcomed by Emma, who really made us feel welcome and at home. She went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. Amberley has to be the most hospitable village I have ever been with two amazing pubs. booking in to the Black Horse for dinner, the garden is beautiful and the food is fabulous. Highly recommend It’s also a perfect spot for running/ cycling.

  3. A wonderful stay at Spring Cottage. We love the hot-tub and the amazing views. Thank you Emma – on arrival my son thought you were ‘really nice and funny’! (July 2020)

  4. Wow, what a great week. Amazing walks, Black Rabbit and Bridge pub, boating from Riverside and the amazing Castle gardens in Arundel. … A massive hit! Thanks. (July 2020)

  5. A lovely cottage and wonderful home. No wonder everyone loves it. I want to stay for ever! This trip was for my birthday (85th) – my two daughters brought me and what a wonderful treat. I love the garden, so peaceful. Thank you. (July 2020)

  6. Idyllic position, beautifully appointed and maintained – wonderful hot-tub. Thank you to all. (July 2020)

  7. A wonderful relaxing stay. We have really enjoyed our break in Amberley. Spring Cottage is just lovely with beautiful views and everything one could need. Thank you to Nic also for being so welcoming. The hamper was a welcome addition also. Many thanks. (August 2020)

  8. Thank you for having us! We had such a great and restful weekend away post-lockdown to celebrate a birthday. We really enjoyed having meals on the terrace and cooking in the very well-stocked kitchen. The hot tub was great too! We also paid a visit to Stopham Vineyard which we would highly recommend. Thank you to the Rustic Escapes team! (August 2020)

  9. Thank you for sharing your magnificent home with us. Our visit has been sublime and a rejuvenating retreat, the perfect setting for relaxation. All the care and amenities were supremely appreciated. We would love to come back again (August 2020)

  10. A lovely relaxing stay in your comfortable cottage (August 2020)

  11. The beds and pillows were AMAZING!! Lovely evening spent in the hot tub. We visited the Arundel Castle gardens which are a must see. Emma was helpful and has made this a great place to stay. Simply FABULOUS!! ( August 2020)

  12. What a lovely place to come and hideaway for a few days. Very comfortable and relaxing. Emma has made this place very pleasant and taken time to make sure the little details matter. Amazing place!! Thanks Emma (August 2020)

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous home, we don’t want to go home! The view and the hot tub are immense. We will be back (August 2020)

  14. Wonderful escape for a week, made lots of use of the hot tub. Fantastic views and wonderful host. Thank you. (August 2020)


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