Stay in Petworth
For an escape which puts the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park at your doorstep, Petworth is a perfect choice. This pretty market town doesn’t only offer extensive walking and cycling opportunities but is an ideal for unhurried wandering as you peruse interesting independent shops and enjoy the variety of local hospitality on offer. Base yourself here for adventures exploring Petworth House and its extensive parklands, with fabulous views which have inspired some of our greatest artists.
An array of accommodation options
Within Petworth town itself and within the surrounding hamlets and villages, you can relax in comfortable surroundings at traditional inns with rooms like The Angel Inn, a town centre apartment like The Petworth Penthouse, secluded cottages like Honeysuckle Cottage or choose a friendly Bed and Breakfast like Secret Garden Boutique B&B or Brook Barn B&B. For a stay that’s a little more unusual snuggle up in a shepherd’s hut with outstanding opportunities to get fabulous views of the South Downs dark skies, a treehouse perched next to a castle or a former railway station which whisks you back to the golden age of steam train travel.
Exploring the area
Petworth is located around a 20-minute drive from Goodwood making it an ideal place to stay for visitors to the Festival of Speed, The Revival or Goodwood’s summer racing spectacular, the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Half an hour’s drive brings you to the historic city of Chichester, or just 15 minutes away is Midhurst, the centre of the South Downs National Park, where you’ll find the National Park visitor centre as well as the garden lover’s dream, Woolbeding Gardens (National Trust). Midhurst is also home to the hallowed turf of the Cowdray Estate Polo Fields, where The British Open Polo Championship is played each summer for the Cowdray Gold Cup, watched by a vibrant crowd drawn from across the globe. Also within easy reach is Arundel, famous for its magnificent castle, and Amberley, home to picturesque chocolate box cottages and Amberley Museum a museum housing a huge variety of exhibits and vintage vehicles, which makes a great day out.