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9 Cosy South Downs Holiday Cottages for a Winter Break

These cottages in the South Downs all come with cosy interiors, and log fires to toast your feet by too. They’re the perfect hideaway from the pressure of life, work, the news and other people at the moment.

The South Downs are open for walkers and cyclists this winter, for anyone who dares to brave whatever the weather throws at us. Walking the South Downs way is a popular route year round, but I wouldn’t suggest camping in the South Downs this time of year, book you and your mate / partner / whoever, into one of these South Downs holiday cottages instead.

That way you’ve got somewhere cosy to get back to after walking in the Downs.

These are the best South Downs National Park cottages out there!


9 Cosy South Downs Holiday Cottages

These South Downs Airbnbs all come highly recommended, all are as remote as possible, and come complete with cosy log fires and scenic views.

1. Cosy Flint Cottage Nr Goodwood

This 1-bed, two person, cottage in the South Downs is full of character & charm. With a stunning decoration, and cosy and relaxing space, you can enjoy a calming getaway here. It’s the ideal retreat for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, sailors and golfers.

Cosy cottage in the South Downs

The wood-burning stove is a focus and a highlight here, and there’s also a spacious bathroom for you to really relax. Parking is right outside the cottage, and there’s a south facing garden with all the furniture and facilities you’ll need for a BBQ, or a campfire.

Cottages in the south downs

“This cottage is a gem in the historic village of Singleton, nestled in the heart of the beautiful South Downs National Park. Easy access to Chichester, West Wittering beach, Goodwood Racecourse & Motor Circuit, golf & walking on the South Downs way.”

– COSY FLINT COTTAGE, IN THE SOUTH DOWNS

2. Private lodge in beautiful rural setting

“Private lodge in grounds of a charming 17th century listed property, situated in beautiful heathland landscapes on the outskirts of the village of Heyshott, only 10 minutes drive from historic Midhurst and 15 minutes from Petworth.”

– PRIVATE LODGE in the SOUTH DOWNS

Another cosy cottage in the South Downs for two. This one-bedroom private lodge is a haven for anyone looking for some peace and quiet on the Downs.

The lodge is equipped with large double bed / sitting room, adjoining small kitchenette including fridge, cooker and microwave, and a separate wet room with shower. There’s also a TV and WiFi.

In the heart of the South Downs National Park, you’ll find easy walks from your door, and the longer trails not too far away. Stay here and you have a great base for Goodwood, Chichester, and the coast too.

There are several local pubs serving good food and beer including the Unicorn Inn a mile away in Heyshott village, as well as an variety of bars and restaurants in Midhurst and Petworth. The perfect retreat on the South Downs!


3. 15th Century Orchard Cottage

Cottages in the south downs

Both of the bedrooms at this cosy South Downs cottage have double beds – perfect for families and couple friends. There’s also two bathrooms to keep you all happy, and clean.

There’s lovely, calming decor here, making the lounge and kitchen the perfect places to relax. Bi-folding doors lead to a small courtyard garden. You can get nice and cosy in here, and snuggle up to the TV by night in the barn conversion.

4. Chic bungalow in Cocking

If you’re idea of a cosy cottage in the South Downs is a bit more modern than chintzy fabric by an open fire, check out this lush bungalow known as ‘Foxes Brewings’. The decoration is swit swooooo!

cosy cottages in the south downs

Six guests can stay at this bungalow, in 3 rooms, with two bathrooms too. Look out the window and you’ll see the amazing half acre garden, that’s all yours. Visit in summer and you can enjoy the homegrown raspberries and apples.

Nice little paved area out the back to enjoy a winter warmer too.

cottage in the south downs
south downs cottage

“Foxes Brewings is situated in a magnificent location with uninterrupted views over the South Downs. This spacious 1962 detached bungalow has gone through a complete transformation and now offers modern and trendy design features throughout.”

– FOXES BREWINGS

5. South Downs cosy retreat near Arundel

Serving 4 guests, with two bedrooms and one bathroom, this cosy retreat near Arundel is perfect for a winter getaway. Known as ‘The Cowshed’, this retreat comes with a double room, a bunk room, a bathroom and kitchen – perfect for a family treat.

No WiFi here – talk to each other instead!

South Downs Cottages
south downs cottages

It’s the perfect getaway for walkers and cyclists, and the owners will drop round everything you need for breakfast too. There’s also a zip wire in the garden you’re free to use!

A wonderfully peaceful getaway.


Cool place to stay in the South Downs

How about staying in a shepherd’s hut in the South Downs instead?


6. Luxury barn in Goodwood Estate

Holiday cottages in south downs

Rubens Barn is a luxury self-catering barn conversion which sleeps up to 5 people and is nestled in the heart of the South Downs within easy access to the historic Roman city of Chichester, Petworth, Arundel and Goodwood.

This 17th century flint barn with private tennis court is the perfect place to relax and unwind in total comfort. With so much to do in and around the area, Rubens Barn is the perfect place for a family holiday or a truly romantic getaway.

self catering cottages south downs

This is a great South Downs holiday cottage for families who want a bit of privacy – both from the world, and each other. There are two bedrooms, with four beds, and an impressive 3 bathrooms, ensuite, at this cottage on the famous Goodwood Estate.

If you’re one of those tennis families, then THIS is the one for you. There’s a huge tennis court outside, for you to play freely.

A well equipped kitchen, a private garden, a deluxe continental breakfast hamper provided (with West Sussex treats) and stunning views across the countryside make this private barn an absolute no-brainer. There’s also a great little pub just a mile away for a treat night out.

It’s a bit off the beaten track so cyclists and walkers will love the solace, and the parking for up to three cars!


7. Beautiful Grade II country cottage

And we’re finishing on an absolute stunner here – this country cottage in Singleton in the South Downs. There’s a great pub nearby, called The Partridge, and a small cafe too. Enough to keep you busy, if you do fancy a trip out. Be hard to leave this place once you’re in though!

Cottage in the South Downs

Spring Cottage is a 17th Century building, situated in the heart of the South Downs, West Sussex. Only 1.5 hours out of south London it is the perfect country retreat – open fires, large dining room, pub down the road, long walks into the downs….

The fireplace here is a huge draw – imagine that after a winter walk in the South Downs!

Book this South Downs holiday cottage and you’ll have free reign over the whole house – including four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, sitting room, a playroom AND a kitchen. Sounds alright hey?!


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