House on the Brooks

UK England South East England West Sussex Petworth

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
Three large and quirky holiday houses on a sumptuous Sussex country estate.
The owners describe this expansive West Sussex estate as 'not your typical self-catering destination', and they are not kidding! Not only do they have three very comfortable, purpose-built large holiday houses to rent, they are an environmental enterprise too, dedicated to using local and reclaimed materials and encouraging local nature: the estate supports a small herd of rare breed sheep and has actively replanted rare native trees and encouraged barn owls and lapwings, teasels, dragonflies and butterflies and other species on estate . Principally, though, it's a great opportunity to enjoy a genuinely rural country retreat with family or friends, just an hour or so from London.

Purpose-built by local workers, each house is situated in a secluded location with wonderful countryside views and is a great mixture of old and new, incorporating reclaimed railway timbers, clay roof tiles from a local cinema and heavy antique doors from all over the place – some  local, others from Indian and China, Built around huge beamed central halls, the decor of each is quirky and original but matched with all the facilities you expect from luxury properties – fast wifi, bluetooth speakers, contemporary bathrooms, well-equipped kitchens and a welcome pack that includes all the basics and a bottle of fizz to toast your arrival.

The House on Brooks itself can sleep up to 14 guests in four large bedrooms, each of which has at least one double bed and sometimes a couple of single beds too.  The decor of each follows a theme, with canopied beds transported from Rajasthan, baths made out of boats, art nouveau carved nymphs and arts-and-crafts beams and carpentry. The Mill House is similarly eccentric, with four equally large, multi-bedded bedrooms themed around everything from India to China, with pillars rescued from ancient temples, oriental carvings and laqueured four-posters; other rooms are devoted to Casanova's Venetian lovers and the memory of the Mexican painter Frieda Kahlo. Finally there's the Timber Barn, which has a huge living room, three private bedrooms and an enormous dormitory room that can sleep up to 11 people.  Just in case that isn't enough, the estate also offers an airstream caravan sleeping four, and a wooden cabin for two.

As for things to do, you can stroll the estate to your heart's content, explore the next-door Waltham Brooks Nature Reserve or the nearby RSPB Reserve. There are ruins of a Roman fort nearby and any number of country walks beyond the estate – around the nearby 'Brooks', up to the South Downs Way, a circular walk taking in nearby Pulborough, or along the river Rother to the cosy Swan Inn just 15 minutes' away. The friendly owners love the estate and are keen to share all their favourite activities, and you're also not far from the Sussex coast down at Worthing or even Brighton.


The House on the Brooks has 4 bedrooms each sleeping between 2 and 4 people; the Mill House has 4 bedrooms each sleeping between 2 and 4 people; The Timber Barn sleeps in 18 in 1 dormitory and 3 private rooms.


Opening Times

Available all year round. 


Contact Website  01798 873 796  House on the Brooks, Hardham Mill, Hardham, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1LA

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Getting There

15 minutes from Goodwood. 60 minutes from Central London and Heathrow. 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport.

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