The Sussex countryside is beautiful and charming. The South Downs offering rolling hills of verdant green, cosy country pubs and quaint villages – all the makings of a perfect luxury break in Sussex.
We were kindly invited to stay at the Woodstock Suites in the village of Charlton, deep in the South Downs and nearby Goodwood. We went as a family rather than just the two of us, but it was just as special as we managed to meet up with good friends who live in a gorgeous village a few minutes over the hill.
Set within the gorgeous South Downs National Park, the Woodstock Suites have an enviable location. The first thing that struck me when we arrived was how blissfully quiet it all is. I was certain that I would be woken by birdsong the next morning – as usual, though, it was my 4-year old demanding breakfast well before the dawn chorus got underway.
We were staying in the Pump House, a charming little studio set away from the other cottages, surrounded by its own garden. Perfect for a couple seeking some romantic seclusion, it also suited our family of three just fine for one night. The studio had been decorated in country chic, stylish and comfortable, and with a well-equipped kitchenette, everything you’d need for a short stay was provided. Woodstock Suites also include a breakfast gift basket, with some fresh fruit, milk and juice, which is very handy as the nearest shop is a few miles away.
Goodwood House, and the attached Goodwood Circuit, a historic motor-racing track, host a number of prestigious events throughout the year, such as the well-attended Festival of Speed in summer. The Woodstock Suites are just a few minutes’ drive from the circuit and would make an ideal place to stay – you’re close to the action, but also in a beautiful, isolated spot where you won’t be bothered by crowds or traffic noise.
That evening, we were invited to eat at the Earl of March in nearby Lavant, a picturesque little village about five miles from the Woodstock Suites. The entire meal was cooked to perfection, beautifully presented, and delivered by welcoming staff. One of the things I’ve always loved about the UK is its country pubs, and the Earl of March in Lavant is without doubt one of the best I’ve ever had the good fortune to dine. You can read our full review of the Earl of March here.
Returning to the Woodstock Suites full and happy, we rolled into a large, luxurious double bed and immediately tripped off to dreamland – our cottage had a TV, but we felt no inclination whatsoever to look for the remote – can you blame us? With this view, a beautiful country walk and pub meal were all we could think of – a perfect way to spend a weekend in Sussex.
nb: We were guests of Woodstock Suites, but all opinions and a good night’s sleep were our own.