Fall in love with West Sussex this February

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Great places for a romantic escape

A shepherd hut
Little Plovers Shepherd's Hut near West Wittering, West Sussex

Cosy up and unwind together at Little Plovers, just a short walk from bracing wintry walks at West Wittering Beach. This bespoke Shepherd Hut is beautifully fitted out with modern conveniences and bursting with rural charm. Snuggle up by the woodburning stove and admire the stunning Sussex dark skies through the Stargazing window.

A view of a country house in woodlands
Lordington Park near Chichester

Cosy up in country house comfort at Lordington Park where nothing is too much trouble. Surrounded by tranquil countryside, you can ramble among glorious scenery, sample the local hospitality at nearby The Hare & Hounds before retiring to your luxurious room.

a flint building with bi fold doors in countryside
Shepherds Barn near Chichester

From your base at the delightful Shepherds Barn in Lavant, the epic climb of Kingley Vale is close by. A huge rainfall shower, underfloor heating and a woodburner make this a super-snug, secluded Valentine's retreat, with proper Sussex pubs within easy reach along with the bustle of the city of Chichester which is just four miles away.

view of The Swan Inn in Midhurst
The Swan Inn, Midhurst

Brimming with atmospheric charm, there are six en-suite rooms at The Swan, a 15th Century coaching inn updated for the 21st Century but retaining its historic charm in wonky floorboards and Tudor oak beams. Delicious dishes are just a few steps away, along with a cocktail menu, should that float your boat - make ours a Midhurst Mule!

Great Places to Eat

Farmer, Butcher, Chef at Goodwood

Farmer, Butcher, Chef at Goodwood Estate

A culinary experience not to be forgotten, Farmer, Butcher, Chef takes an original, imaginative approach to showcasing Goodwood reared meat and local, seasonal fare.

A glass of champagne by the fire at The Angel Inn, Petworth

The Angel Inn, Petworth

Relax by a roaring fire with a chilled glass of local sparkling wine at The Angel Inn, Petworth


Purchases Restaurant, Chichester

Purchases Restaurant, Chichester

Sip expertly mixed cocktails and delight in fine dining at Purchases, Chichester

Billy's On The Beach in Bracklesham Bay

Billy's on the Beach at Bracklesham Bay

Choose beach-side deliciousness at Billy's On The Beach where fresh, local ingredients are the name of the game.

Comestibles Cafe in Midhurst

Comestibles Cafe in Midhurst: Photograph by Christopher Ison

Treat yourselves to a long, lazy breakfast, lovingly prepared at Midhurst’s Comestibles

Great Romantic Things to Do

Cyclists on the South Downs Way

A bicycle ride for two : photograph by Southern e-Bike Rentals

Hit one of our area’s cycle routes to admire beautiful countryside – tandem optional! You could hire a pair of bikes from Southern e-Bike Rentals.


Views from The Trundle (St Roche's Hill)

The Trundle (St Roche's Hill) 

Wrap up warm, pick up a hamper full of deliciousness from Stansted Park Farm Shop and head to The Trundle for some of the best views in the county. 

A perfect place for a first date

The White Horse, Chilgrove

The White Horse, Chilgrove

The White Horse at Chilgrove after a walk at Harting Down

Plan a Great Proposal

Chef Alex Aitken at Chichester Harbour Hotel

The Ship at Chichester Harbour Hotel

Savour a dinner full of local flavours at the stylish Ship bar & restaurant at Chichester Harbour Hotel, Chichester

Arrange a romantic rendezvous

Fishing boats, Selsey

Selsey Beach

Enjoy a bracing, romantic walk at Selsey Bill, followed by dinner at The Lifeboat Inn.

If we've inspired you to stay a little longer, you can find more food for thought here.