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Family Holidays Near London

Escape from London to the beautiful Sussex coast for a family holiday only 90 minutes from London. Nestled between the South Downs and the National Landscape of Chichester Harbour, you'll find Oakwood West Holidays a dreamy location for a peaceful holiday in an area packed with things to do. There are a wealth of places to explore from the fabulous landscape, rich cultural excursions, to fun packed activities for all the family.

Oakwood West's four  luxurious holiday cottages are perfect for a family reunion. Each has a private hot tub and space for outdoor cooking and socialising. Inside you'll find modern kitchens, beautiful dining areas, chic bathrooms, and delightful bedrooms. It's luxury for you and fun for the kids. The sleeping spaces are flexible and all have accessible living arrangements. In the gardens make memories around the fire, BBQ's, hot tubs, and space to play. A guest at Fern Lodge had this to say, (you can read all of our other reviews here):

"What an amazing find, a beautiful place in gorgeous countryside with the very best of amenities. Everything was very easy and relaxed. Fern Lodge was immaculate. Lots of information on the surrounding areas in the lodge. Lovely dog hamper on arrival. Everything had been thought of. We will most definitely be back and also recommended to many of our friends and family. Perfect!"

For a family holiday close to London at Oakwood West, you'll be spoilt for choice for what to do! Days out include exploring the countryside of the South Downs National Park, and Chichester Harbour, both of which offer fabulous walks, cycles, horse riding and spectacular views, with plenty of quaint pubs and cafes to be found along the way.   You can get out on the sea with tours, boat charters, paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing, or take a gentle row in a wooden boat down Chichester Canal. Spend your time on the golden sands of West Wittering beach (pictured), with ice creams, sandcastles and swimming.

The world famous Goodwood House is close to Oakwood West, with incredible events including the Festival of Speed, the Revival, & horse racing, plus Goodwoof (a joyous festival for dogs), and DJ nights. For inspiring historical trips you'll find Fishbourne Roman Palace, Arundel Castle (pictured), Butser Ancient Farm, and the Weald & Downland Living Museum, all have festivals and experiences in the holidays. Chichester Festival Theatre has a full program of events, with star casts, and deep connections to the West End. Visit Portsmouth to discover a proud naval city with historic ships, a buzzing seafront in Southsea, and designer outlet shopping at Gunwharf Quays. The Roman city of Chichester has a cathedral at it's heart, with the Bishop Palace gardens perfect for a picnic.

The picturesque village of Bosham

Quaint villages are to be found everywhere, with quirky streets to explore, historic architecture, and old world charm. The historic seaside village of Bosham is picture perfect, with a craft centre, old fashioned sweet shop and lovely pub. Petworth is a gorgeous old town too where you can also take a stroll in the landscaped grounds of Petworth house deer park, after browsing curios in the shops. There are beautiful gardens to visit at Mottisfont, West Dean, Arundel Castle, Denmans, Leonardslee, Parham House, & Woolbeding. For kid centric days out try the gentle farm trail and beautiful park land at Staunton Farm & Country park, Fishers Farm, a fun filled adventure park, or the adrenalin boosting rides at Paultons Park & Peppa Pig world. Plus there are cinemas, trampoline parks, swimming pools, a climbing centre, and play parks galore.

If you'd like to find out more about having a family holiday near London at Oakwood West Holidays please take a look at our website. If you have any questions, or would like any more inspiration for your holiday please send us an email at


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