Saddlers B&B

South East England West Sussex Chichester

  • From £140 a night
  • 3 Guest Rooms
  • Comfortable Boutique B&B

This West Sussex boutique B&B is a fantastic place to stay near Goodwood, Chichester and West Wittering

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Just three miles from Chichester and six miles from Goodwood, the elegant rooms of this boutique B&B offer a great base from which to discover West Sussex. Situated in the rural village of Funtington, Saddlers B&B is an Edwardian building in an English country garden specialising in warm, home-from-home hospitality. The character of this historic place, built in 1901 by the village saddler, has been retained, even though its comfort is thoroughly contemporary and very much the primary focus.

Fresh flowers throughout the house, homemade treats in the bedrooms, smoothies and garden-fruit compote with yoghurt at breakfast, homemade jams… these are just some of the little things that make this place a special gem. Milly, the owner and host at Saddlers, offers a modern take on the time-honoured tradition of bed and breakfast accommodation, and seems, in a very subtle way, to go the extra mile in every direction to make sure her guests have the best possible experience while staying at Saddlers. It’s a refreshing place to visit and a very relaxing place to stay that’s firmly rooted in its location. Coffee table books in the shared Snug downstairs relate to the motor racing at nearby Goodwood along with books on the local attractions and events. Photos on the wall show the saddler himself (Mr Ewens) along with an article about the history of the house. Much of the breakfast is locally sourced from farmers within a five miles radius or homegrown. Even the refillable soaps and shampoos are from West Sussex-based Temple Spa, which means this place is pretty sustainable too.

The decor throughout is elegant – calming, greywashed walls with interest and colour introduced from fabric, furnishings and photography. Outside, a traditional English garden sweeps around the house, where breakfast can be served during the warmer summer months. The interiors are painted in soothing shades and filled with a medley of modern British design, hand-picked antiques and artworks by Milly's family and friends, creating rooms that are as inviting and cosy. But there’s nothing too bright or bold, a tasteful feel that extends to the three well-appointed bedrooms. Each has a light and spotlessly clean en-suite bathroom and either a king, queen or double bed dressed in Egyptian cotton. They are named after racetracks: Brooklands, Le Mans and Goodwood of course. It’s Goodwood (the estate, not the room) that many will be visiting the area for, and in the summer, at Christmas or whenever there’s an event on there, it’s possible to hire the whole house on an exclusive basis. This option is for self-catering stays and includes two extra bedrooms, so it sleeps up to 10 guests at a time, with pets and children all welcome.

In addition to Goodwood, the area has much to offer. Chichester with its historic buildings, mighty cathedral, theatre and harbour is just down the road, and Funtington sits between the South Downs National Park and the coast. It's a great base if you want to walk in the hills or relax on shores such as the famous sandy beach of West Wittering. Funtington itself is surprisingly full of amenities and places to visit: there’s a vineyard a few fields away and Kingley Vale, Europe’s oldest yew tree forest, is two miles away. There's also a great pub, restaurant, and a well-stocked farm shop selling locally-grown products – all within walking distance, as well as a Michelin-Guide pub, the Horse and Groom, a mile down the road.

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Facilities

Saddlers is situated in the attractive rural village of Funtington with a small village shop, historic church, family run restaurant, three fabulous pubs to choose from and Kingley Vale Kingley (one of Europe's most impressive and oldest yew forests) on our doorstep. We offer three luxury rooms on a B&B basis, however during Goodwood events and summer months, the house is available on request for exclusive hire and consists of five bedrooms. Our three double rooms are elegantly decorated and include en-suite facilities. Relax at the end of a busy day in our luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, feather duvet and pillows. Guests also have access to Saddlers Snug, located on the ground floor, with complimentary tea and coffee facilities, TV/DVD player, board games plus a roaring log fire during the cold months.

Suitable For

We're perfect for people who want to stay in a boutique B&B, have a home from home feel and enjoy the peace and quiet, but close enough to the city centre, beaches and major attractions.

We allow children from the age of 5 years old upwards and as we have our own dog, we do not allow guest dogs.

Nearby

Within walking distance from Saddlers there are 2 pubs, one restaurant and a village farm shop.  One mile away is a gastro pub which is our favourite.

Kingley Vale National Park - Europe's oldest yew tree woodland

Woodend Woods (bluebells during Easter)

Ashling Park Vineyard

West Ashling Mill Pond

Southdowns National Trust walks

Near to our village are the following destinations:-

Stoughton - Hare & House pub
Chidham – The Old House at Home pub

Bosham Quay & Harbour – Anchor Bleu
Emsworth
Dunreyth Alpacas – walking with alpacas - Adsdean The Trundle - Goodwood
Fishbourne to Dell Quay

Stately Homes

Stansted Park
Uppark House & Gardens Petworth House
Arundel Castle Goodwood House

Places of interest

Weald & Downland Museum – Singleton Pallant House Gallery - Chichester Chichester Festival Theatre - Chichester West Dean Gardens – West Dean Bishop’s Gardens by Chichester Cathedral

Beaches

West Wittering & East Head – Car park is only open to prepay via www.justpark.com Selsey Beach – free parking by Julie’s crab shack
Bosham – paid parking opposite the craft shops
Emsworth – plenty of car parks located around the town

Bracklesham Bay – Billy’s on the beach is a great place for a bite to eat Prinsted Beach – free parking with walks to Thorney Island or Chidham


Food & Drink

Local Pubs & Restaurants

Horse & Groom – East Ashling Ashling Park Vineyard – Funtington The Earl of March – Lavant

Crown & Anchor – Dell Quay

The White Horse – Chilgrove
Crab & Lobster – Sidlesham Purchases – Chichester

The Ivy - Chichester

Open

Open all year. 

Pricing

Double rooms with breakfast from £140 a night.

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The Owner Says

We love our guests and our guests love us. My aim was to design boutique hotel style rooms within the welcoming atmosphere of a family home, and I use locally sourced farm produce for our renowned cooked breakfasts. We receive glowing testimonials and have regular repeat guests, several from overseas. Saddlers is in a prime location for guests to explore all that West Sussex has to offer and via social media we give regular updates about life at Saddlers and upcoming local events.

Location

Contact Website  01243 575 029  Saddlers B&B, Funtington Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 9LG

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Getting There

From the Chichester (and the A286) head towards Funtington on the B2178. After three miles, at East Ashling this changes into the B2146. Continue for a further mile until you reach Funtington. Saddlers B&B will be on the left behind the slow down side (first house on the left as entering Funtington).  There are two lit signs and come up the drive to the back of the house.

Nearest train Station is Chichester - taxi to Saddlers is 15 minutes (comes from London Victoria to Portsmouth)
Train from Havant - taxi to Saddlers is 25 minutes (comes from London Waterloo)
There is a bus stop which is located in Funtington (50 yards) from Petersfield to Chichester.

Features

  • Beaches
  • Walking
  • Boutique B&B
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Activities
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Romantic Retreat

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