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Hello, and a warm welcome to The Bay Tree Cottage, a stylish and comfortable holiday home for two right on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

To check prices, availability and to make a booking call +44 (0) 7821 465995 or send a message

One of the most beautiful stretches of the South Downs Way can be reached by footpath from the doorstep, but if you don’t fancy the climb there are roads to the top too. Either way, don’t miss the views. On a clear day you can see as far as the Isle of Wight to the south-west, and in the other direction, across to the North Downs.

The cottage was originally built as a workshop and has recently been converted into spacious self-catering accommodation. Light from west facing windows floods the vaulted living space. The windows look over a private terrace to a shared garden and stunning sunsets. The bedroom with king-size sleigh bed has a generous en suite shower room.

The Bay Tree Cottage is an ideal base for walkers and cyclists and from which to enjoy the county’s internationally famous sporting and cultural highlights – Goodwood’s motorsport and horseracing events; summer arts festivals in nearby Arundel, Petworth and Chichester; and closer to home, the tudor splendour of Parham House, Amberley Working Museum, South Down Gliding Club, Wiston Steam Rally, and the RSPB’s Pulborough Brooks reserve.

I have lived here for twenty years and love the ‘whale-backed downs’ as Kipling described them. I enjoy the glorious walks, the chalk hill flora and fauna, the area’s history, its geography and its people. I look forward to sharing them with you.

Shona Partington


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Eat out at home. It’s not a puzzle but an extra choice at Bay Tree Cottage. If you fancy staying in and having dinner served here at your own table, order by 10 am, or even better the evening before, and say at what time you would like to eat. (If I have gone for an early swim or walk, you can leave me a note or text your choice to 07821 465 995)




Panzanella, a Provencal salad of tomatoes and roasted red peppers with basil

Rillettes of duck with griddled sourdough bread and cornichons

Smoked trout salad with fresh and pickled fennel, celeriac and fresh horseradish cream

Potted prawns (sustainably fished in the North Atlantic) with granary toasts


Fillet of lamb with a sour cream and dill sauce is a delicious Norwegian recipe served with new potatoes, green beans and spring cabbage

Chicken escalopes with Parma ham and sage, served with ribbons of egg pasta, freshly grated Parmesan and a lively green salad

Asparagus and pea risotto served with freshly shaved Parmesan and a swirl of oil infused with green herbs from the garden

Pan fried sea bass with baked cherry tomatoes, black olives, saute potatoes and fresh herbs

Slow roasted belly of pork with crackling, baked apple, baby baked potatoes, and braised fennel or red cabbage


A selection of Sussex cheeses served with grapes and crackers


Summer berry sorbet with a splash of iced raspberry liqueur

Fresh berries layered with delicate shortbread and lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Pistachio and almond cake is a moist, Italian inspired dessert served with whipped cream or Greek Yogurt

Chocolate mousse cake is a wickedly dark and decadent chocolate dessert

£5.50 each

This menu is based on ingredients that are usually available here at this time of year. Minimum order two courses

Life’s too short to make butter puff pastry, pickle cornichons, and bake every loaf, but everything else is home-made. Chicken, eggs and most vegetables are organic. Other poultry and meat is free range. My kitchen isn't a nut-free zone.

I understand gluten free, lactose free and FODMAP diets and can adapt dishes to avoid allergens and ingredients you don't enjoy if you tell me about them in time.


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There are English/European, Thai, Indian, and Chinese restaurants in the centre of Storrington, plus a hotel, several pubs, a fish and chipper, and a choice of takeaways. A little further afield there are real country pubs and restaurants that serve notably good food.

THIRTEEN CHURCH STREET is the unlikely name and location of small Thai restaurant with a big reputation. See its deliciously appetising website for menus, prices and opening times.
01903 746964

THE CROWN INN Cootham is within crawling distance of Bay Tree Cottage and the nearest stop for a pint and a bite of traditional pub grub.
01903 742625

THE COTTAGE TANDOORI at 25 West Street is a Storrington institution with traditional red plush décor and an unchanging menu. It offers takeaway and delivery services.
01903 743605.

GOLDEN WILLOW Chinese restaurant at 5 Pulborough Road overlooks the village pond. Its menu hasn’t changed in years but that does not deter its loyal customers who flock to the eat all you like Sunday lunchtime buffet. It does takeaways.
01903 740333

THE WHITE HORSE INN at Mare Hill, Pulborough, has menus that reflect the seasonal availability of local ingredients. Sit beside an open fire in winter or in the garden on balmy days.
01798  872189

THE HORSE GUARDS INN at Tillington, is just past Petworth going west, and worth a detour. Its seasonal menus of locally sourced ingredients are so popular that it is always wise to book, and at busy times, well in advance. The traditional pub interior has been given a lick of shabby chic style that sits comfortably with log fires and twinkling glasses.
01798 342332

THE WHITE LION at Thakeham is an old coaching inn, now well off the beaten track in the centre of the long bypassed village. Word of its mighty pies and puddings made with local venison and beef draw hungry walkers and locals to its hospitable doors.
01798 813141

AMBERLEY CASTLE is a grand country house hotel much in demand for weddings and family celebrations. Its formal fine dining restaurant has two tasting menus, one vegetarian. Afternoon tea is the full works and just the thing to drown your sorrows when rain stops play.
01798 831992


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To check prices, availability and to make a booking call +44 (0) 7821 465995 or send a message

    Terms: a deposit of 30% of the total rental cost secures a reservation. The balance of the rental fee and a returnable deposit against damage of £100 are payable 28 days in advance of the arrival date.

    Cancellation: a guest cancelling 28days or more before the booked arrival date will receive a full refund. A cancellation notified 14 to 27 days before the booked arrival date will receive a 50% refund.

    Payment may be made by cheque or direct bank transfer. The payee, bank details and postal address are provided to guests making a provisional booking.

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