Bignor, Unique Home Stays outside of the Cotswolds
Probably the best preserved building of its type remaining in England, The Yeoman's House, listed Grade II*, is a stunning example of a medieval hall house. Set in about an acre of garden, the present owners have lavished much care and attention on refurbishing the spacious accommodation and have hit on a great balance between preserving the original features and the addition of more contemporary details. You'll be delighted at the fine timberwork, vaulted ceilings upstairs and some charmingly uneven floors. The huge chimney breast in the double bedroom is particularly spectacular. In contrast, the kitchen is completely up-to-date with striking red worktops and stainless steel units with all the modern appliances you'd expect.
We think you'll be impressed by the garden which has been beautifully designed by the owner. There are an abundance of flowers and shrubs, giving interest all year round. The only choice you'll have to make is whether you sit out on the paved terrace or under a shady tree, both lovely for al fresco dining on a warm summer's day. This really is an exceptional place to spend some time getting away from it all.
Large Living Room with comfy seating, huge inglenook fireplace (decorative feature only), TV and exposed timberwork.
Dining Area (separated from kitchen via open doorway) with dining table, chair and door out to garden.
Kitchen with electric 'range' cooker, two dishwashers and microwave.
Utility Room with washing machine and tumble dryer.
Hallway/Study Area with oak stairs leading up to the first floor.
Bedroom One (Master Bedroom) with king size bed (5ft), sofa, chest of drawers and Ensuite Bathroom/WC with independent shower above the bath and heated towel rail. (NB can also be accessed directly via a separate staircase from the dining area)
Bedroom Two with two single beds and a mezzanine/play/TV area platform above, accessed by a ladder (NB not suitable for children under 10). Extra single folding bed also available.
Bedroom Three with twin beds, chest of drawers and wash basin.
Family Shower Room/WC.
Large garden with flagstone terrace and extensive lawned areas bordered by mature, yew hedging. Separate orchard with swing and further very large play area for children. Original well secured by padlocked iron grill at the top.
Children welcome. Travel cot provided. Sorry no pets. £100 refundable damage deposit payable on booking. Superfast WiFi broadband. No smoking. Boutique, independently owned shops in Arundel, Petworth and Pulborough. Discount of 25% for four guests or fewer booking within 30 days of arrival, excluding stays during school holidays.
The house provides a wonderful base for exploring this beautiful part of southern England. There are lovely walks straight from the door up to Bignor Hill and opportunities for all manner of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horse riding, golf and fishing as well as horse racing and polo at Goodwood and Cowdray Park.
Less than 10 miles away are the historic towns of Petworth (numerous antique shops and Petworth House) and Arundel (ancient 12th century castle and River Arun cruises), while a little further to the south are the cathedral city of Chichester and the West Sussex coastline stretching from Chichester's huge natural harbour (birdwatching, sailing, windsurfing and sandy beaches) across to Brighton, the south of England's most vibrant seaside town.
Bignor itself is a tiny hamlet - within the parish are the remains of a Roman villa with well preserved mosaics. The nearest shops are in Petworth, Arundel or Pulborough, which also has a 75 minutes rail link to London. Plus there's a good local pub 15 minutes' walk away in the next-door village of Sutton.