Friday: Arrival day Check in fom 2.30pm onwards. Afternoon tea at 4pm..
Saturday: Petworth and Midhurst
with a walk through Petworth Park,
hopefully among the deer, with a chance
to visit Petworth House (National
Trust). After lunch we drive through
pretty villages to Midhurst, forever
associated with H G Wells. Walk through
the historic centre and view the
fascinating and atmospheric ruins of
Tudor Cowdray House.
Sunday: Sussex Villages This morning we stroll around one of the most beautiful villages in Sussex - Amberley. Time for coffee at the village café before the short journey to Bignor Roman Villa, which has some of the finest mosaics in Britain. We spend the afternoon at the fascinating Elizabethan Parham House, exploring the house and extensive gardens.
Monday: Free day A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. If you’re interested in more Roman history, visit Fishbourne Palace. If you’d like to see some rare and unusual plants, Nyman’s Gardens (National Trust) is the place for you. Or Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre can show you more about the south-east.
Tuesday: Over the Downs Enjoy a morning spent exploring the small town of Steyning. Nestling under the South Downs, it’s a historical treasury of buildings built over the past four centuries. Then it’s on to Devil’s Dyke, for lunch and a leisurely amble on the top of the dyke to enjoy the views as far as the Isle of Wight. Lancing College contains a magnificent chapel, leaving time to stroll around the small town of Henfield.
Wednesday: Arun Valley First stop, Littlehampton, where you can chose to take a walk alongside the River Arun on a smart new promenade to the sea. We then visit the delightful Highdown Gardens, built into a chalk quarry, followed by a visit to an unusual chapel, with a painted reproduction of the Sistine Chapel. The afternoon will be spent in Arundel, with time to visit spectacular Arundel Castle and The Collector Earl’s garden.
Thursday: Around Chichester
We visit the delightful village of Bosham on Chichester Harbour, which appears on the Bayeux Tapestry and is also associated with King Cnut. We then spend some time in Chichester where you can visit the cathedral, explore the town, walk on the town wall or even indulge in a little ‘retail therapy’. The day finishes at West Dean with the opportunity to enjoy the walled garden or take a walk on the Monarch’s Way.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast