Gorgeous Georgian work of art

The House at Honeybridge Estate is a generous, gorgeous Georgian work of art sleeping up to 24 with spectacular views of the Sussex’s Downs. Immerse yourself in the painted canvases, swim in the heated indoor pool, boil away in the sauna and Jacuzzi. Entertain for 40 on the elevated terrace. Sneak off for some snooker or tennis. Burn a few logs. Spark a little chit-chat. Whoop with glee.

Paint yourself into a lovely corner of Sussex

Climb to one of Sussex’s highest points, glide up the sweeping drive to the ornamental fountain past the rolling lawns and the fishing lake, and simply admire the Georgian gorgeousness. This is a statement of a house, a work of art packed with sculpture and painted canvas waiting for you to drop your bags and embrace the good life.

Pre-renovation, The House at Honeybridge Estate was a tired classic; now it’s a yawning beauty that sleeps up to 24. Not that you’ll be overwhelmed by the size. You’ll be too busy entertaining on the terrace atop the pool house, with its elevated scan over the Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. Is the table big enough? It extends to accommodate over 40 with prior arrangement, so we like to think so.

You’ll also be swimming in the heated 14-metre indoor pool with its full-height panoramic windows over the gently shelved greenery. You’ll be bubbling and boiling in the Jacuzzi and sauna. You’ll be exploring the 17-acre estate, fishing the lake, thumping fuzzy balls around the tennis court, and generally whooping with glee.

Inside, the delicious art lives happily ever after with a sort of traditional modernity. Sneak off for some snooker or table football in the games room. Catch a family flick in the TV room. Stream away on the Wi-Fi. Burn a few logs. Spark a little chummy chit-chat. Admire the art. Paint yourself into a lovely corner of Sussex.

Pool, gardens and grounds

Dive into the 14-metre heated indoor pool, then bubble and boil in the Jacuzzi and sauna. They hide beautifully behind the panoramic floor-to-ceiling window that stares out over the rolling 17-acre estate and on to the South Downs and the iconic Chanctonbury Ring.

Fish the small lake, get all English on the lawns with picnics and cricket, lay a table for 40 on the entertainment area atop the pool house. Kick a footy into the nets or just kick back on the garden swing. Thrash the balls around the all-weather tennis court. Slam-dunk the basketball net. Entertain, escape, or enjoy: there’s a space here for everyone.

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Living spaces

You might wish to spend your entire stay dipping, diving, swimming and splashing in the heated pool. But if you want to iron out the wrinkles, you’ll find some rather lovely spaces waiting for you, decked with art and laced with lavish detail. Chillax, mix and mingle, or escape to the snug with a book and a beverage to chase a little nirvana.

These aren’t rooms – they’re zones. The drawing-room alone is over 500 square feet. Use it to get together, catch up, play cards and charades, dance to the Sonos system, talk about today and plan tomorrow. Or head over to Inglenook Cottage for a little privacy and lounge in front of the 42′ TV. Everything here is plush sofas, logs, soft throws and sublime art.

Get a family flick going in the sitting room on the Freeview TV, stream away on the 4G wifi, burn as many logs as you like, raid the books. Let the kids loose in the games room, with the puzzles, jigsaws and table football. Or put your mis-spent youth to good use around the snooker table.

Alexa’d be happy to entertain you every morning or even afternoon if you’d like to sleep in. Make it a late one with a fully catered meal, then put the world to rights over a glass or three of local Bolney or Nyetimber, or try out the vintages from the neighbouring Wiston vineyard. Or just smile and transcendentally admire the art. I know I would.

Cooking and dining

Go easy on the rain dances: you’ll probably want to eat every meal here al fresco. That’s when you’ve seen the huge elevated terrace with facilities to seat over 40 with prior arrangement and breath-taking views over the South Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. Fire up the gas barbie. When the kids get bored, they can go full handstands and headstands on the adjoining grass.

Options indoors are also good. You’ll get 14 around the kitchen/diner table and eight in the dining room and the drawing room can accommodate 40 upon prior arrangement. Raid the estate for plums, apples, herbs and blackberries, or the farm shops for an abundance of local produce. Masterchef it yourself on the three ovens and six hobs. And don’t forget Inglenook Cottage, the adjacent stand-alone haven with it’s own kitchen and dining facilities

Eating out? What do you look for in a pub? Stunning grub? Cask ale? Great specials? Your own beach and deckchairs? Welcome to The Fountain Inn in Ashurst. Or head to The Green Man in Partridge Green for crispy Med prawns, ham hock and pistachio, or avocado, bacon and chicken club on toast.

If it’s restaurants you’re after, try Italian at Mamma Mia in Steyning, or a roast in front of a toasty fire at The Old Tollgate Carvery. Go Thai at Thirteen Church Street in Storrington. Or try roasted rump of lamb, braised-beef-and-ale pie or beetroot bhaji burger from The Glass House Restaurant. Seaside eateries include The Original Chipwick, the award-winning fish & chips restaurant in Worthing, or the East Beach Café in Littlehampton. For fine dining, try Interlude, a Michelin star restaurant set within the beautiful Leonardslee Gardens, or Little Fish Market or Crabtree.



The battle over the bedrooms is real. The House at Honeybridge Estate has six of them, sleeping 16, plus three bedrooms for an extra 8 at the neighbouring Inglenook Cottage. Each is like a drawing-room, replete with clean lines, classic furniture, sash windows and sweeping views. Most have room for a cot, en-suite shower and WC and their own TVs.

The Arundel sleeps two in a super kingsize with three double aspect windows, gaze out at the rolling downs and farmland. There’s nothing ‘standard’ about Bramber except for the 4’6 double. The South-Down views are breath-taking in all seasons. It’s hard to determine which is the Master Bedroom, but Chanctonbury offers an emperor bed with fresh linen sheets and a stunning bay window with picturesque views. The Wiston is another super kingsize with triple aspect windows, motorised blinds and its own private terrace with stunning views facing North, East and South.

Bag the Honeybridge for the kids and they’ll enjoy twin beds with two pullouts, plus double-aspect views. There’s a generously appointed bathroom along the hallway to share but as all other rooms have private en suite showers and WC’s, the bathroom might prove to be a private haven for the kids!

Squabbling might peak when it comes to the contemporary rooftop suite called Lancing, which can accommodate 4 (or 5 with a cot) and boasts it’s own private terrace & living area and the most generously appointed en suite shower & WC.

Need a little extra space? The adjacent, self-contained, rose clad Inglenook Cottage has a further three bedrooms all featuring original oak beams, two of which could also accommodate a cot. The Garden room is a stunning generously sized, double bedroom with beautiful garden views and a private bath and WC en-suite. Orchard has double aspect views, a super kingsize bed and a double sofa bed, with en-suite WC. Bluebell overlooking the woodland is ideal for one or two children with its single bed or beds. It shares a shower & WC with Orchard.

Children welcome

Who needs Chessington World of Adventures or Thorpe Park? Well, kids do, but there’s plenty to crack on with at The House at Honeybridge Estate without leaving the grounds. Will it be cricket and picnics on the lawn, busting the nets with a football, slam-dunking the basketball net, playing in the treehouse or just chilling on the swings?

But all that’s to ignore the elephant in the room. The 14-metre heated pool is a year-round joy. Dip and dive, splash around, lose a few hours. When you’re done, 17 acres of grounds will keep you occupied, along with croquet and all-weather tennis court stands ready to extract even more energy. You’ll sleep well tonight.

For a quieter time, the games room comes equipped with puzzles and jigsaws. Take on mum and dad at table football. Or let dad demonstrate his mis-spent youth on the snooker table. Feeling bookish? Our shelves are groaning. Or you can catch films streamed over the 4G wifi and play their top tunes on the Sonos sound system

What people say

What people say

The property was perfect for what we needed and with everything I needed to help make the birthday a memorable one. In total, we had 14 guests, including 3 young children and everyone felt at home, and relaxed while we were there. The indoor pool was great, there were ample games to keep us all amused and the beds and rooms were luxurious and well-equipped. - Rebecca
The House in West Sussex is truly astonishing. Our expectations were high, but the reality far exceeded what we thought it would be like. The staff, led by Zoe could not have been more helpful, and we had a week we will remember forever. - Carole
Thank you for your warm welcome to your beautiful house. We enjoyed every second of our stay celebrating special family birthdays together; and really appreciated every thoughtful detail - too many to mention. Lots of wonderful memories to take home with gratitude and a big thank you also to Zoe. - The Hicks Family
We've just spent the most amazing weekend celebrating my 50th birthday with friends and their families. We have all felt so at home in your wonderful home from the minute we stepped inside! We've been excited about our stay for such a long time and it's exceeded our expectations - and they were high! We loved the pool, hot tub and sauna, the tennis, walks and zip wire! Thanks to Zoe and Steve for the very warm welcome. As one of my friend's children said on the way home "this weekend was just perfect". We're talking about this being an annual event - I hope so! - Alex
This has been a truly great week's holiday with my children, partners and grandchildren - 16 of us in all. The house is beautiful but also welcoming. The art of course is wonderful. The location is idyllic. The facilities were all used a lot. The zip wire was particularly popular but the pièce de résistance has to be the swimming pool. All our grandchildren (aged 1- 8) have grown in confidence and improved their swimming considerably. I am already under pressure to book again for next year. Zoe and Steve could not have been nicer or more helpful. - Stephen
It was so lovely to meet you and I now want to let you know how very privileged we feel to have been able to experience the most perfect week with our family followed by very special friends. Words cannot begin to express what a truly beautiful place this is! It is quite simply a dream and full of peace and tranquility. To come here in April, when the woods are full of the most amazing smells of bluebells is perfection itself. All your wonderful facilities including the pool, games room, zip wire, and the tennis court, not to mention the beautiful walks, have provided the perfect environment for our Golden Wedding celebration. Zoe and all your staff are great ambassadors and could not have been more welcoming and helpful. We cannot wait to come here again - our heartfelt thanks for everything. - David
Wow! What a great place The house is. Thank you for letting us experience it! Many of us are artists so it was the perfect setting! The house was home for us and made my 80th birthday so special, a special time with all my dear children and grandchildren and their lovely partners. Special too was that it was a joint celebration with my daughter who was 50 two days before my birthday! We loved the house, the amazing pool, games room, the art on the walls and the collection of art books. We ate some great food and drank some excellent wine... in all a weekend to remember forever! Thank you so much Zoe for your warm welcome and amazing help. - Jerry

Coffees, cakes and crepes

Dip and dive in the pool, thrash balls on the tennis court, or head out to the beaches at West Wittering or Brighton. Brave the Skyfall at Fisher’s Farm or Stealth at Thorpe Park. Grown-ups can walk the South Downs Way, play golf at Singing Hills, Go Ape in Crawley, or pop down to Brighton for coffees, crepes and cakes on the pier.

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