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South Downs National Park Accommodation

When you come to the South Downs National Park to explore the rolling hills, ancient woodlands and rural way of life you'll want to stay in beautiful sustainable accommodation that gives you access to the National Park and the unique heritage of the South of England.

Oakwood West Holidays have exceptional South Downs National Park accommodation. Our four holiday cottages are wonderfully designed to provide comfortable luxury with a contemporary take on heritage design. Each cottage has a private garden and hot tub, a thoroughly modern kitchen, gorgeous bedrooms, and sparking luxury bathrooms. You'll find us near Chichester, with easy access to the South Downs trails, Chichester Harbour, and the quaint villages of Bosham & Emsworth. It's a short distance to the sandy beach at West Wittering. Come here for coastal walks, hillside stomps, and to explore the rich cultural heritage of the area.

The South Downs in the Chichester Area

We're in a captivating region in southeast England, celebrated for its gently rolling hills, distinctive chalk cliffs, and vibrant natural scenery. This area forms a significant part of the South Downs National Park, which spans Hampshire, West Sussex, and East Sussex. The landscape here is a delightful mix of undulating hills, verdant valleys, and expansive grasslands, with the iconic chalk downland interspersed with beech woods and hedgerows. The views are breathtaking, offering sweeping panoramas over the countryside and towards the English Channel. Our closest hill is Bow Hill atop of Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, which we highly recommend as your first stop in exploring the South Downs National Park when you stay with us.

The region is teeming with biodiversity, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts. Wildflowers such as orchids dot the landscape, and rare species like the chalkhill blue butterfly can be spotted. Birdwatchers will delight in the presence of skylarks and kestrels, while deer and foxes are commonly seen throughout the countryside. History is deeply embedded in the South Downs, with numerous ancient landmarks scattered across the area. The Trundle, an Iron Age hill fort near Chichester, not only provides historical intrigue but also offers stunning vistas.

Outdoor activities are abundant, with the South Downs Way being a major draw. This long-distance footpath stretches about 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne, attracting walkers, cyclists, and horse riders. The area is crisscrossed with trails and bridleways, perfect for leisurely strolls or more challenging hikes. The charm of the South Downs is enhanced by its quaint villages and market towns, where thatched cottages, traditional pubs, and local shops abound. Chichester itself is a historic city rich in cultural heritage, featuring attractions such as Chichester Cathedral, Roman walls, and a variety of museums and galleries. You can easily access the South Downs way from the nearby villages of Cocking, Harting, or Buriton.

Agriculture plays a significant role in the landscape, with fields of crops and grazing livestock contributing to the region's rural charm. The rise of vineyards in the area is notable, producing acclaimed English sparkling wines. The Ashling Park Vineyard is a perfect place to begin your exploration of Sussex wines and is only a few minutes away from Oakwood West.


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