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Half Way Point on the South Downs Way, the Hideaway is situated in Houghton, very close to the point at which the South Downs Way crosses the River Arun. The oak framed garden room offers studio style open plan living space with double bed, well equipped kitchenette & separate bathroom. The doors open onto a garden area to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining or simply just to soak up the sun & offer beautiful panoramic views of the South Downs. Houghton is also a mid-way point on the South Downs way making it the perfect stop over.
An easy 5 minute walk from the South Downs Way, the 17sqm studio sleeps 2 very comfortably on a double bed on the ground floor. There is also a mezzanine with 2 single floor mattress so the space would suit couples or 2 nimble friends! Please let us know your sleeping configuration preferences at the time of booking.
The kitchenette provides a sink, fridge/freezer box, kettle, toaster, microwave and induction hob. A light breakfast of cereals, bread, butter, jams, tea, coffee and milk is provided but if you have any specific requirements upon arrival we will be more than happy to accommodate your request. The bathroom comprises a WC, sink and shower which is stocked with shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, towels, hair dryer and mirror allowing for light travelling (essential for you hikers and cyclists out there!). The studio also offers free Wi-Fi access and freesat TV/DVD player. The area benefits from very good mobile reception.
Also within walking distance is Amberley Railway Station, two lovely pubs both serving lunch and dinner and a riverside café that caters for breakfast, teas, lunch, pizzas and more recently self-hire river cruises. The George & Dragon, Houghton is reputedly one of the oldest 3 pubs in Sussex. It has a wealth of charm & character and said to have been a stop-off point for King Charles II following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. The nearby, pretty village of Amberley has a tea rooms and award winning village stores.
Arundel, Chichester and Petworth are all within easy driving distance. Perfectly located for Goodwood events such as the Festival of Speed, Revival and Glorious Goodwood.
If guests would like to hire mountain bikes for exploring the local trails Chalkpit Trails Mountain Bike hire is based locally and offers a delivery/collection service.
Walkers or cyclists requiring a bag drop service we recommend South Downs Discovery.
A stunning area of West Sussex. Houghton is a hamlet in the South Downs National Park making it perfect for hikers and cyclists keen to complete the breath-taking 100 mile stretch of national trail running from Winchester to Eastbourne. It is on the River Arun, where it has a bridge to a rural part of Amberley, 3 miles (5 km) north of Arundel. The Monarch’s Way long-distance footpath (which follows Charles's supposed route from Worcester to Shoreham-by-Sea) descends from the Downs to the west into the village, before heading south along the river towards Arundel.
There are no pavements in Houghton so guests need to be mindful of this when walking along road routes. We provide a head torch for guests to use during their stay. Amberley Railway Station is an easy 1 mile walk along the river but in the winter months the route is muddy so please bring suitable footwear. Pulborough and Arundel Railway Station are both approx. 5 miles. All stations are served by a direct train line from London Victoria which takes approx 1.5hrs.