Set at the foot of the South Downs right below Bury Hill, Barn by the Willow is a traditional oak framed building that offers quite special and unique accommodation for four people or up to six when a family.
A feature galleried landing running the length of the barn provides a second living space, a perfect area to read quietly or watch a DVD, together with an additional bedroom space fitted with a sofa bed at the opposite end that makes it ideal for families where additional space is needed. The downstairs living area is central to the barn with beautifully presented hardwood floors. The two bedrooms are at opposite ends to this feature lounge. The principal bedroom and bathroom can be isolated to create a suite, while the second bedroom is fitted with twin beds and en-suite shower facilities. We would suggest though that the barn is not ideal for families with very young children given the galleried landing.
Barn by the Willow is next to the flower nurseries on the edge of Bury village. It enjoys its own private garden that faces west, with large patio and lawn area that each spring and summer is totally secluded by its own plants and shrubs around the borders. The property is in a great location for exploring much that Sussex has to offer, whether walking the South Downs, enjoying the scenery around the River Arun or exploring historic Arundel.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 56 km, Nearest railway: Pulborough 5 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The historic market town of Petworth is four miles to the north, and is best known as the location of the stately home Petworth House and deer park, which was landscaped by Capability Brown. The house and its grounds are now owned and maintained by the National Trust.
The magnificent country house contains an internationally renowned art collection with numerous works by Turner. Petworth itself was immortalised in his paintings.The town is full of quaint houses and cottages, many within their own courtyard settings. They are interspersed with antique shops and tearooms, so it is worth taking the time to browse having visited Petworth House.
Three miles to the south, Arundel is dominated by the symbolic castle and the rising spire of the cathedral. It offers a plethora of craft and antique shops as well as restaurants and tearooms. It's a great place to wander and just enjoy its hospitality.
Arundel Castle is the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk, and is set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens. The castle has been seasonally open to visitors for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England, and is home to priceless works of art in stunning rooms. Climbing the 131 steps to the Keep, which dates from the 11th century, to take in the views over Arundel and The South Downs is definitely worth the effort.
This is just a flavour of what there is nearby. To the east there is Amberley Working Museum, and the small community of Houghton on the River Arun. The Barn is also exceptionally well placed for all the events hosted at Goodwood each year. A short drive further on is the cathedral city of Chichester. In fact nothing is really that far away.
Bury is one of four very picturesque villages that sit below the scarp slope of the South Downs close to Bury Hill. West Burton is a mile to the west, while Bignor and Sutton are both within two miles. There are fine local pubs to be found as well, the Squire and Horse at Bury is almost directly opposite and there is the White Horse just down the road in Sutton. Both offer local ales and good hospitality.
Footpaths climb to the Downs from West Burton, however if you are feeling less energetic there is a car park at Whiteways at the top of Bury Hill or you can take the lane to the Downs from Bignor village and park at the top beside the South Downs Way. This is where Stane Street, the Roman road crosses the South Downs en route towards Eartham and Chichester. From here there is a choice of good walking, east, west or south.
The village of Bignor is closely linked to the Romans. Here you will find the Roman Villa, a home and farm with world class mosaic floors that was a significant settlement in the 3rd Century AD. We include a link to Bignor Roman Villa under 'Places to visit' on the website.