"We enjoyed our brief stay here and were very comfortable, very welcoming and helpful. Yesterday we visited Arundel, which we found very interesting and enjoyable. We appreciated the treats you left for us. Thank you"
We would certainly like to encourage you to make the most of the fabulous facilities right on our doorstep during your stay and we are happy to make suggestions in advance so that you can organise plenty of things to do. Special Events in 2018 include:
Churchgate is within easy walking distance of The Ship, a stone’s throw from the harbour at Itchenor and under new management, also The Lamb in West Wittering (less than a 5 min cycle), The Blacksmiths in Hunston (10 mins) or The Crab and Lobster, Sidlesham (10 mins). Why not bring your bikes with you and cycle to The Crown & Anchor at Dell Quay or The Boathouse Café at Chichester Marina? Samphire in East Wittering is an excellent, award-winning restaurant, and Chichester has a vast array of restaurants too.
Chichester Harbour has some of the finest sailing waters in the UK with over 10,000 boats registered within the harbour area, which are a beautiful sight on a summer’s day. Itchenor has its own sailing club and Bosham Sailing Club is just the other side of the estuary. Whilst you are with us, why not get out on the water, either by hiring a boat, a kayak, or a paddle or surf board? Or for a gentler option why not buy a ticket for a Chichester Harbour boat Tour, or just come and sit on a bench at the end of the village and enjoy the view of the water?
Explore Salterns Way – a bicycle and wheelchair path, which runs from the centre of Chichester to East Head and passes close to Churchgate. The harbour has a network of over 90km of shoreline footpaths with stunning views and a rich variety of wildlife. It has the seventh largest area of salt marsh in Great Britain and the Conservancy runs excellent guided walks and special events.
One of our favourite things to do is to catch the passenger ferry from Itchenor for a walk or bike ride around the charming and ancient seaside village of Bosham, followed by a cappuccino in the café or scampi and chips at the Anchor Blue or even just an ice cream from either the sweet shop or the ice cream van. Just by the entrance to Bosham’s stunning, ancient Holy Trinity Church is a small array of artisan shops hidden away in an arcade with even a pottery café/art studio.
The nearest local shop and post office, Birdham Stores, is 5 minutes by car. There is a bus service from the end of the road to the Cathedral City of Chichester, with its infamous Roman remains, Festival Theatre, Minerva Theatre and stunning Pallant House art gallery, two cinemas, two trampoline parks, bowling alley, etc. East Wittering (5 mins by car) has a wide variety of shops as well and most notably stunning East Head beach.
The Goodwood Estate (20mins by car) hosts the Goodwood Festival on its International Racecourse, and has two 18-hole Golf Courses, an Airfield where you can learn to fly a helicopter, and also a Motor Circuit, where it hosts the excellent annual Festival of Speed and vintage Goodwood Revival.
The Cowdray Estate at Midhurst (20mins) hosts various events most notably Polo, the highlight of which is the Gold Cup. Like Goodwood, they also have a Golf Course, as well as a shooting school, Café and divine Farm Shop. Whilst in the area, why not enjoy a walk in Petworth Park and tour around this magnificent National Trust managed family home. Stop for lunch at the award-winning Horseguards Inn and why not pick up some amazing English champagne by stopping for a tasting at Upperton Vineyard to enjoy on the terrace at home as the sun sets. Tinwood, just by Goodwood, also offers tours and tastings and its champagne is simply delicious too.
Arundel (30mins) is well worth a visit. The Castle and grounds (home to Sussex County Cricket) are open in season and quite spectacular. We also enjoy exploring the town itself with its antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, cafes and bookshops, not to mention Pallant Deli and Sparks Yard stores.