Badgers Cottage

South East England West Sussex Petworth

  • From £200 a night
  • Sleeps 8
  • Cottage

A holiday cottage in a fairytale location within the South Downs National Park

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This self-catering cottage in the South Downs National Park is tucked down a leafy lane on the edge of the West Sussex village of Fittleworth. It’s a cute little place surrounded by woodland, with doors that open wide to let the outdoors in, birdsong and all. It may sound a bit Snow White, but in fact, the interior of Badgers Cottage is refreshingly contemporary – light, bright and airy, with exposed beams and brickwork rather than chintzy accessories: a country cottage for today.

The open-plan living space combines a modern kitchen, dining room and comfy lounge with bi-folding doors on two sides that lead to a wrap-around deck. There’s a Smart TV and good WiFi and the kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to self-cater. Outside, there’s seating, as well as a barbecue, fire pit and an enclosed lawn, beyond which are the surrounding woods. The aesthetic throughout is simple, pared-back luxury.

With three bedrooms (a king, double and twin), Badgers Cottage comfortably sleeps up to six and would work well for a family on holiday with grandparents or an extra couple. But a sofa bed in the living room means it can sleep up to eight. The master has an en-suite shower room and toilet, and while it’s undoubtedly the top spot, the shared family bathroom has the stand-out luxury of a freestanding, copper bath. The busiest and most colourful place in this single-storey cottage of white walls and wooden floorboards is on the shelves in the twin room, where you’ll find some well-chosen books and games to keep the kids well entertained while you’re here.

There’s plenty to do outside the cottage too, with stately homes, country estates and traditional pubs all nearby. Petworth House and Park is four miles away, Goodwood is 14. The cottage is on the edge of Hesworth Common, a mixture of woodland and heathland that’s typical of this part of the South Downs and a lovely place for a walk. Further south, the chalky ridge of the Downs themselves rises up over Amberley, a lovely village seven miles to the south, while on the other side are Arundel, Littlehampton and the sea, none more than 15 miles away.

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Stepping inside, fine quality furnishings and stylish pendant lighting can be found throughout to create a space which feels both homely and contemporary. Within the generous open plan living room and kitchen, there is ample space for formal dining and relaxing on sofas; one of which is a comfortable double sofa bed. During the summer months, you can spill outside through three sets of bi-folding doors which seamlessly link the house to the decking for drinks and dining alfresco. For evenings in, a flat screen TV with sound system and complementary WiFi is in place for streaming movies - although there is plenty to entertain you nearby.

If you’re cooking for family or friends, the kitchen is well-equipped with every appliance you could need to whip up a delicious meal and the wine fridge awaits your Chablis or local English sparkling wines purchased from any one of the local vineyards. There is a good range of crockery, glassware, cutlery, cooking utensils and pans, plus tea, coffee and milk will also be provided. Should you need anything in particular, or have any special dietary requirements, please ask and we will make every effort to accommodate.

There are three comfortable double bedrooms; one with king bed, one double and one twin, all dressed in quality white linens. All have built-in clothes and shoe storage, and each bed has a deep hybrid mattress with plump pillows. Plantation shutters adorn the windows to block the light for weekend lie-ins, so whatever time you fall into bed, you can ensure a truly restful night’s sleep.

The epitome of luxury, the family bathroom has a freestanding copper bath with space for two to sit comfortably at either end. There is a separate rainfall shower for when time is of the essence and the principal bedroom has an en suite shower room. Premium toiletries and fresh fluffy towels are provided, as are a hairdryer, an iron and an ironing board, so you only need to pack-light for your stay.

Please Note: The wood burning stove seen in the photos is NOT for guest use.

Suitable For

Badgers cottage is suited for all ages, pets are allowed as well. 


Fittleworth is nestled into the South Downs National Park between Pulborough and Petworth. It is a 20 minute drive to Goodwood, the home of world class motor and horse racing events, just 18 miles from Chichester and 9 miles from the historic town of Arundel in West Sussex. The coast is just 20-minutes away by car where you’ll find sandy beaches at Climping and Littlehampton, or the River Arun runs closer to home for fishing, canoeing and paddle boarding. 

Within Fittleworth itself there are some beautiful woodland and countryside walks which are signposted from the house. Hesworth Common is directly in front of the house and offers a child-friendly 40-minute circular walk from the house, or you are just a few moments from The Swan Inn which is set to reopen in winter 2024. It is less than 10-minutes away on foot or just 2-minutes by car where you’ll find a friendly welcome, local ales, fine wines and Michelin star food.

Both Amberley Castle and Arundel Castle are open year-round for visitors and sit within a short drive of the house. Petworth House & Gardens or the Weald & Downland Living Museum at Singleton offer an equally beautiful and historic experience for all ages – all fewer than 10-miles away.

Food & Drink

Fittleworth Stores and Café is the heart of this village, offering a wide range of local produce and reasonably priced general groceries and newspapers alongside household items and over the counter medicines. Keen to support local farms and businesses, they stock produce from over 30 local suppliers alongside a range of local pottery and art. Their café offers sandwiches, snacks, cakes and cookies and a children’s menu which can be eaten on the terrace during the summer overlooking the village play area.

For lovers of fine wine, look no further than Nyetimber or Stopham Vineyards near Pulborough where you can enjoy tours and tastings. Pair your wine with tender cuts of local meat or cheeses from Charlie’s Farm Shop in Fittleworth, all to be enjoyed at home for garden lunches or evening suppers.


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The Owner Says

Tucked away in the picturesque West Sussex Village of Fittleworth, this beautiful three-bedroom stone cottage is a tranquil holiday hideaway for up to eight people. Wooden beams and exposed brick walls feature in the vast open plan living space which opens completely to the secluded garden edged with woodland. The peace and luxury of your surroundings will allow you and your party to fully recharge away from the hubbub of city life.  

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Contact Website  01273 640 281  Badgers Cottage, Badgers, Fittleworth, West Sussex, RH20 1JF

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Getting There

Train: The nearest train station to Fittleworth is Pulborough train station.

Bus: There are bus services connecting Worthing to Midhurst, stopping off at towns and villages as well as Fittleworth. Local bus services may operate routes to Fittleworth or other nearby areas.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 11 reviews


Absolutely love

Absolutely love this cottage ❤️.
Apr 2, 2024 by Sebastian

Warm and comfortable

Lovely clean home, big living room. Warm and comfortable.
Dec 10, 2023 by David


Looked just like the pics, if not better in person! A really cosy stay in amazing, rural surroundings with a super easy check-in and seamless communication! Would definitely go back!
Dec 10, 2023 by Tristan

10/10: Class

The place was fantastic. Kitchen was fully equipped and a pleasure to cook on, couldn’t ask for better facilities especially whilst working away from home. The beds are quite honestly some of the comfiest we have ever stayed on, EVEN the sofa bed was top notch. The vibes of the cottage continued into the outdoor space which complimented the stay. Would not hesitate staying here again, be it in the winter or summer.
Dec 5, 2023 by James

Peaceful country escape

Such a lovely, clean and modern cottage in an ideal location with beautiful woodland walks. 10 minutes to a sweet coffee shop/convenience store. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a wholesome and peaceful country escape!
Dec 4, 2023 by Olivia

Would definitely recommend

Beautiful house with all of the amenities of home. The layout is really amazing for a family, friends, or couples getaway. This property would be amazing in the summer as it has a lovely garden and all of the pocket doors of the property open entirely. Beautifully located for a lovely and serene getaway. It’s a short drive to lovely farmers markets. I would definitely recommend this property and would stay there again.
Dec 2, 2023 by Beau

Beautiful house

Exactly as described, great communication and beautiful house for a small group of friends! The kitchen is amazingly stocked and perfect for group dinners!
Nov 27, 2023 by Rachel

Beautiful house

Enjoyed a very comfortable stay in this beautiful house for a weekend wedding at the nearby Welldiggers arms. Great design, comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen. Countryside walks from the door.
Sep 22, 2023 by Emma

Great kitchen and bathroom

Super friendly hosts. Nice little place to stay to get away from the world for a few days with a great kitchen and bathroom.
Aug 27, 2023 by Benjamin

Loved it!

We had the most lovely relaxed stay and we will definitely be back!! We wanted a home from home and it was exactly that!
Aug 14, 2023 by Tara


Went to celebrate my brother’s birthday, the place was amazing. Looks better than the photos and is surrounded by beautiful views.
Aug 14, 2023 by Dareen

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