Broadhurst is a friendly family house in Steep nestling at the foot of the Ashford Hangers nature reserve in the heart of Edward Thomas country (see below) and with lovely views across an idyllic English landscape of hilly fields with mature oak trees, and the occasional herd of deer and lots of birdlife and, in the distance, the South Downs. Petersfield town centre with its mainline station, open-air market, heated open air swimming pool and good mix of restaurants, bars and cafes is a 5 minute drive away and the Tithe Barn at Ditcham is approx 12 minutes from us.
The newly refurbished double room has its own basin and vanity area and there is access to either a shower or bathroom. A proper English breakfast will be served, using our own free range eggs and please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
A short and pretty walk will take you to The Harrow Inn, one of England's least spoilt pubs with its enormous fireplace, famous filling soup, simple but beautiful and always seasonal flower arrangements, cottage garden and cast of proper 'regulars'. The Trooper Inn at Froxfield, The Pub with No Name (aka The White Horse) at Priors Dean and the Seven Stars at Stroud are all easily accessible too.
Chichester, Winchester and Portsmouth are within 19 miles so Goodwood racecourse and airfield, the Festival of Speed and Chichester Festival Theatre are easily accessible as are the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth and both the ancient cathedrals and relaxed and chic shopping opportunities of Winchester and Chichester. The beautiful, champagne-clear River Itchen and Grange Park Opera near Alresford are 25 minutes drive away and there are hundreds of villages and hamlets to discover tucked away in the South Downs and the dreamy Meon Valley. Also mountain boarding at Haredown near East Dean from mid March to end October and the lovely (flat!) Salterns Way cycle path from Chichester Harbour to the beach at West Wittering.
Guests have access to the large garden where the family's chickens live (no cockerels to wake you!) and there are fabulous views and wonderful walks from the front door.
Edward Thomas is one of England's best-known WW1 poets. He wrote most of his poems while living in Steep and celebrated its landscape in many of his poems. There is a 'literary walk' taking in the well-known local beauty spot The Shoulder of Mutton where there is a stone memorial to Thomas. The walk includes many of Thomas's favourite views and both his houses can be seen too. The 12C All Saints Church, Steep is worth a visit too for its views and unusual commemorative Whistler window.
Occasionally and with prior notice we may be able to accommodate two couples or one couple and a child.
London Heathrow and Gatwick airports 48.7 miles and 61 miles respectively. London Waterloo mainline station just over 1 hour from Petersfield.
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This page was last updated: 17 May 2012