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The Old Packhouse


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Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

A fabulous holiday barn that is closely associated with the historic buildings at the Weald and Downland Museum

Set along a quiet rural Sussex lane that runs adjacent to the South Downs close to Steyning, the Old Packhouse enjoys a tranquil setting within the grounds of a small garden nursery.

The building has much in common with the Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex, since it has been designed and erected by the company which has recreated many of the historic period buildings that feature on the 50 acre museum site at Singleton.

The Old Packhouse offers exceptionally comfortable accommodation for four people with a beautiful private terrace that overlooks the woods. It is certainly the perfect retreat to enjoy wildlife. There are vaulted ceilings throughout and much exposed timber with floor to ceiling sliding windows along the two sides of the building that open onto the terrace. The living room has a feature woodburning stove and makes a large living space with the kitchen and dining area.

The principal bedroom with king sized bed has an ensuite wet room while the second bedroom has twin beds with the family bathroom right next door. The bathroom is fitted with a roll top bath, for anyone wanting to bathe and linger!

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Gatwick 48 km, Nearest railway: Shoreham by Sea 8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The South East England region

Three miles to the south east at the foot of the downs is Steyning. It is a vibrant small market town full of narrow streets and timber framed buildings. Its Norman church contains some of the best Romanesque architecture in England. Steyning's immediate neighbour is the small village of Bramber that has remained largely unchanged over the centuries and is overlooked by the remains of the castle built after the Norman Conquest and now looked after by English Heritage. St Mary's House is a magnificent late medieval house and has interesting connections - King Charles II hid there on his escape to France and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle chose the house as a setting for one of the Sherlock Holmes stories. It is well worth visiting on a trip into Bramber.


The Old Packhouse is located along a lovely quiet Sussex lane with the small hamlet of Wiston just a mile to the west and the village of Ashurst just over a mile to the east. Any visit to Wiston would not be complete without a trip to the Tearooms and the menagerie of small animals.To the south is the famous landmark of Chanctonbury Ring on the South Downs which can be reached on foot from the Old Packhouse by the keen walker. The walk to the Ring winds up through the woods to the South Downs Way. At the top turn right - it is a walk of no more than two miles.

Chanctonbury Ring was originally an iron age hill fort and following that a Roman temple was located there. It is most famous though for the ring of beech trees planted in 1760 by Charles Goring. The great storm of 1987 ripped through the Ring and, following a second storm in 1990 the Goring family replanted the trees and today Chanctonbury Ring is regaining its former glory. At 238 metres there are fine Downland views in each direction. Walk three miles to the south from Chanctonbury and you will reach Cissbury Ring which is one of the greatest prehistoric Iron Age hill forts in the country. The banks and ditches that you see here are the remains of a vast defensive wall that enclose an area of 65 acres. On a clear day you can see towards Beachy Head to the east and the Isle of Wight and Chichester Cathedral spire to the west.

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Diane Lay (Property Manager Amberley House Cottage Holidays Ltd)

  • 4 Years listed

Calendar last updated:02 Sep 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
  • English

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