|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Poplars Farmhouse is a wonderfully secluded 17th century cottage in the heart of the West Sussex countryside a short distance from famous West Wittering beach. Carefully refurbished this cottage has been designed to give you the feel of old world England with its exposed beams and large inglenook fireplace. Full of history this historic building is a mixture of the old house, the dairy and a barn all sympathetically converted to make one large home perfect for all the family.
Easily sleeping 18 people Poplars Farm House is perfect for weddings, birthdays or a big family reunion. The original house has a large kitchen, sitting room and dining room big enough for all the family and further along amongst the old dairy side of the house there is also another small kitchen, living and dining area should you need the extra space or just want a bit privacy when traveling in a large group. The kitchen in the main house comes fully equipped with AGA, electric cooker and huge fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and breadmaker.
Altogether there are seven bedrooms, three double bedrooms and four bedrooms as well as an extra annex with four single beds making comfortable accommodation for 18 people. There are no en-suite bathrooms at this house but there are 4 family bathrooms with a mixture of showers and bath tubs. In the conservatory you will also find a ground floor WC.
Explore and enjoy the large garden, feed the ducks or why not have dinner out on the lawn making use of the family sized garden furniture. The old barn to the right of the house has been left exactly as it was originally built and only restored in areas for repair giving you a real feel of old English countryside. The barn is currently being used a games room with ping pong and a snooker table.
Very effective oil fired central heating included
Well-fenced duck pond, dry in summer. Site 2 Acres in all.
Travel cots and high chairs available free of charge.
Pets by arrangement. Please note: there are ducks and geese on site.
This is a non-smoking property throughout.
#WiFi available free of charge
CYCLING. The area has some attractive walk and cycle ways particularly near the harbour from Chichester to West Wittering ­also some byways for walkers and cyclists on the higher and more remote parts of the South Downs such as Monarchs Way or the South Downs Way. These are rewarding for their views of the Channel and the Isle of Wight and for their historical significance. Tumuli of 3500 BC and Second World War memorials to crashed British and German pilots can be found
Locally the newly completed cycle and walking path on the top of the dyke around Medmerry reserve is ideal for children being flat and safely accessible within less than a mile from Poplars on quiet local roads
Bike-master Unit 13 Polthooks Industrial Estate, Clay lane Fishbourne Chichester PO18 8AH Tel. 07944 302974 www.bike-master.co.uk
WALK & CYCLE Friendly and helpful Rob will bring his bikes to Poplars for local riding or to, say, Cocking car park so you can ride the South Downs Way and meet you at the end of your ride call him on 07968 817575 or 0844 8708648 click onto www.wakandcycle.co.uk
Shed End Bikes 01243 811766
Recently used with great success : SUMMIT BIKES 24 Hillfield Road Selsey PO20 0LB . Far end of High St,. after West St., on right. Steve rents road or mountain bikes and carriers. Organises group rides on the South Downs . Closed Mondays and Sundays. 01243 697547 www.summitbikes.co.uk
PUBS offering meals and RESTAURANTS. Letters on location map.
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A-Brasserie Blanc The Squre St Pancras Chichester PO19 7SJ.01243 534200
Probably one of the best resatuarants in the area. Great atmosphere, brilliant food, excellent service and a very reasonable charge. Booking essential!
B- The Bell Inn, Bell Lane, Birdham. 01243 514338
Family run pub/restaurant specialising in Steaks, Seafood and homecooked meals. Bar and children's menu available. Large garden
C- The Anchor Inn, Selsey Rd. Sidlesham 01243 641373.
Good pub grub type menu and moderate prices . Not atmospheric so go as a noisy party!
D- The Walnut Tree, Runcton, on the lower road to Bognor.01243 785881
Large Pub restaurant with garden and ample parking. Able to take a large party and seat them together.
E- The Lamb. Chichester Rd. West Wittering 01243 511105
Good bar and bar food, adequate but disappointing restaurant.
F-The Lamb (at Pagham). Bognor Rd. 01243 262168.
Very nice restaurant with excellent ambience well worth driving eight miles. First class cooking and a good wine list. Dining area away from bar so not noisy.
G- The Blacksmiths Arms, Selsey Rd. Donnington 01243 783999.
Good, reasonably priced proper restaurant with cheerful pub bar. Menu accented towards fish. Strongly recommended. And not far away.CLOSED fior REFURBISHMENT./ Reopens in MAY 2014
H- The Black Horse Birdham Rd., main A286, Appledram. 01243 784068
Pizza Pub/Restaurant large portions, small tables. Good garden with play area. Moderate prices.
I- Crouchers Hotel and Restaurant. Birdham Rd, main A286 just North of the Marina. Contact Gavin on 01243 784995 or to review their function facilities for up to 110 people look at www.croucherscountryhotel.com
A very pleasant up-market restaurant with good staff and well presented delicious food. There is a £21.95 set 3 course Menu .(not Saturday evenings) which comes to about £35 per person with a bottle of house wine and tip; or a la Carte.
J- The Crown and Anchor Dell Quay 01243 781 712
Good views, nice food, moderate prices. Tables outside with extensive views of the harbour. Best at high tide. Too far to walk but leave the car at the Marina and take the coastal path then only 40 minutes walk. Strongly recommended.
K- The Cider House Restaurant and Bar. Main Birdham Rd., Apuldram. A286 near Chichester Marina entrance. Atmospheric and high standard. Tel 01730 810200 Temporarily closed.
L- Samphire English Kitchen, Shore Road, East Wittering, PO20 8DY 01243 672 754
http://www.samphireeastwittering.co.uk Bistro atmosphere, adventurous young chef and reasonable prices.
The menu offers English cuisine inspired from what is in season with local suppliers. Fresh, local and tasty. Menus change with the season.
M-. Madhu-ban Tandoori and Take Away, 5 New Parade East Wittering 01243 673635
N- Shakib Indian Takeaway (Nearest Take away to Poplars) 1 The Parade, Bracklesham Lane, Bracklesham Bay 01243 671212 / 673189
FREE DELIVERY or 10% discount on orders over £10 if you collect. A Shakib Special Mixed Balti curry with Nan bread £7.95 hits the spot !
O- The Lifeboat Inn 26, Albion Rd. Selsey 01243603501
Basic food, moderate prices. Good atmosphere. Tables outside are popular.
P- The Crab and Lobster Mill Lane Sidlesham Tel: 01243 641233
Gastro pub. Rooms also available with breakfast. Booking well in advance essential. Very expensive but no more than others in its class.
Q- The Ship Inn, The Street, Itchenor 01243 512 284
Good food, fish menu excellent, but a bit pricey. Cheerful sailing atmosphere. Tables outside with a distant view of the harbour.
R- The Spotted Cow, Hunston. Bar and Restaurant. Family oriented, gardens. 01243 786718
S- The Beach House. West Wittering 01243 514800
Excellent breakfasts. Simple menu but nice ambience.
T- The Old House at Home, Pub Restaurant . Cakeham Rd West Wittering PO20 8AD 0871 223 8000,
A freehouse country pub with rooms, where new tenants Ian and Celia have scrapped tired hunting-scene decor for scrubbed-pine, Bentwood chairs and neutral colours. The European-only wine list is intriguing, and they sell champagne by the glass. Near West Wittering beach and car park.
U- The Boulevard 40-42 Shore Road East Wittering 01243 672617
Open all day but closes at 7PM Cheap and cheerful with a children's menu. Ideal for satisfying the appetite after beach walking or fossil hunting
V- The Thatched Tavern 01243 673087, Situated in Piggery hall Lane PO20 8PU which is the left turn after the Total roundabout on the A286 East Wittering road.
X Billy's on the Beach. A charming beach café in Bracklesham by the slip and car park at the far end of Bracklesham Lane. The only local reataurant with a sea view. Right on the beach at the end of of Bracklesham Lane . Very pleasant ambience and moderate prices but all food freshly cooked on the premises Tel. 01243 670373 PO20 8JH www.billysonthebeach.co.uk
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
There is sailing nearby in Chichester Harbour from Itchenor, Chichester Yacht Basin and Dell Quay with internationally famous windsurfing at West Wittering. There are clean sandy beaches at Bracklesham (boat launch ramp) and the Witterings and sand, shingle and seafood at Selsey.
There are lovely houses and gardens to look at in the area plus the fascinating remains of the Roman villa at Fishbourne. Chichester is a mellow market town and cathedral city with good shopping and a renowned Festival Theatre. There is a multiplex cinema, a bowling alley and a good sports complex with large indoor pool. A short distance to the North of the town is The Weald and Downland Open-air Museum, Goodwood (horses, cars and golf) and Fontwell (horses) are close. Portsmouth (with more good shops and cinemas, naval museums and ferries to France and the Isle of Wight) is only 30 minutes away by car, Brighton less than an hour.
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