Horse & Groom
“A real sense of rustic charm” - VisitEngland Assessor
East Ashling, West Sussex
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Just squeezing into the South Downs National Park, the Horse & Groom, a former blacksmith’s, has served the village for more than 200 years. The spacious guest rooms have been fully refurbished by new owners as part of a complete overhaul. When there, spot the 1840 Andalusian table, and the baker’s counter from Cognac. Chichester, Goodwood and Arundel are close.
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Discover West Sussex
Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.
In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham.
West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.
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