Just 90 minutes from London, the picturesque market town of Petworth is a definite must for your weekend-away bucket list. The town has gained a well-deserved reputation as a fantastic centre for antique hunting, with over 30 dealers to browse within the town centre.
The town has a strong arts-focused community, and each year produces a music festival, fringe festival, literary festival and heritage weekend, as well as playing host to an ADFL Antiques and Fine Art Fair. For an authentic shopping experience explore the selection of independent boutiques here for homewares, gifts, fashion and more, and for foodies there’s a wealth of artisan fare to discover, from a specialist butcher and delicatessen with its own chilled cheese room, to bakeries and purveyors of sweet treats, as well as the monthly farmers’ market. You’ll find a warm welcome as you stop for refreshments at one of the pubs, cafes or restaurants serving up food that’s homemade, fresh and local.
You cannot visit Petworth without exploring the National Trust’s Petworth House and Park, the walls of which surround the town; an ‘English Versailles’ built to rival the palaces of Europe, with grand state rooms and historic kitchens, and an impressive collection of fine art. The stunning ‘Capability’ Brown designed landscapes of the deer park and pleasure grounds cover 700 acres and offer tranquil walks, glimpses of the historic deer herd, ancient trees and far-reaching views of the South Downs.