Enveloped in welcoming luxury and confident style, Leconfield Lodge inspires romance and creativity. A stunning conversion of an 18th century gatehouse, incorporating the most wonderful architectural and design features.
This rural retreat near Petworth opens into the living space, warmed by underfloor heating and a log burner radiating its gentle glow in the sitting room area. Embracing its fine country estate heritage as part of a careful restoration, there is a subtle blend of old, new and multinational in its astute interior design. The bespoke kitchen is colourful and expressive, encouraging a fresh and modern approach to self-catered gastronomy. The dining table sits under a high ceiling in front of the huge arched window that dominates the western wall, bestowing an abundance of light and offering breathtaking views across the South Downs countryside.
Heading up the spiral oak and iron staircase, the bedroom is flanked by an internal balcony that serenades the living space below. The super king size bed and roll-top bath are suitably fitting luxurious touches for this unique home stay, with a separate shower room/WC cleverly recessed behind a hidden door. To the other side of the bed is a hidden dressing room/nursery, and a large wardrobe for those lucky enough to enjoy a longer holiday here.
Outside, a large open lawn looks across the valley and over a wild meadow towards Petworth House and the ancient town. Whilst there are countryside footpaths in the area, there is an immense feeling of space, open skies and a remoteness that is extremely rare to find in the South East of England. This luxury holiday home came highly commended in the 2022 Sussex Heritage Trust awards; a sublime rural retreat just perfect for romantic short breaks in the South Downs countryside, wrapped up in a bundle of fine attention to detail.
For your peace of mind and privacy the adjacent second lodge and bothy cannot be booked separately, however they are available to book as additional accommodation if you would like to stay here with friends – please enquire for details. See the ‘House info’ section for more information about this English country cottage with wood stove, near Petworth, West Sussex.
- No pets
- Real fire (wood burner)
- Television (Smart TV)
- Wi-Fi (rural)
- Selection of books
- En-suite bedroom
- Garden/outside space
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Private parking
- Short lets/long stays possible
- Linen & towels
Useful information and house rules
- Pets: not allowed.
- Please contact us if you are interested in a stay of over 21 nights (a short-term let).
- Accessibility: Gravel drive 20m from the property, with a 10m flat path to the main entrance (10m walk over grass to the side entrance). One step (15cm) over the front door threshold. Spiral staircase (with banister and standard risers) to the bedroom and shower room/WC on the first floor, low step (2cm) into the walk-in shower. Other internal floors are even and level, with no internal steps. All measurements approx.
- Kitchen facilities: double electric fan oven, 4 electric hobs, American fridge-freezer, kettle, toaster, microwave, cafetière, stove top coffee pot.
- Utility/laundry room (adjacent building, available during your stay): washing machine, tumble dryer, sink, clothes airer and iron/ironing board. Please note this is also used for storage by the owners and we offer it to guests for the laundry facilities only.
- Due to the property’s remote location, there is external CCTV installed and a security alarm. There is no internal CCTV inside the buildings.
- Free private parking is available on the driveway behind the house, with space for 2 cars.
- One infant up to age 2 is welcome in addition to the total guest capacity of this property (please bring your own cot and bedding). 1 highchair is available on request.
- Gas underfloor Central Heating.
- Wi-Fi (rural speed)
Local areaIt is a couple of miles by car or a 1.5 mile country walk into the centre of Petworth, best known as the location of the stately home Petworth House and its vast deer park landscaped by Capability Brown. The house contains an internationally renowned art collection with numerous works by Turner. This old English town is full of quaint houses and cottages, interspersed with antique shops, tearooms and restaurants. Despite its remote location, there are two good country pubs about a miles’ walk from Leconfield Lodge – The Welldiggers Arms and The Black Horse Inn. Petworth town also has some fine restaurants and pubs; try the East Street Bar and Grill for some expertly prepared local produce. There is a well-stocked Co-op in town, or head to Pulborough for larger Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s supermarkets.
To the east, the market town of Midhurst nestles next to Cowdray Park. The Cowdray Estate is most famous for its polo club, particularly in June and July when the polo set meet for the Gold Cup. The Cowdray ruins are also of note, forming an impressive Tudor backdrop to Midhurst. Also nearby, Arundel is another historic market town dominated by its symbolic castle and the rising spire of the cathedral.
Ten miles south, the famous Goodwood Estate offers an exciting calendar of events, including the Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and Glorious Goodwood (Qatar Festival). A little further past Goodwood, the cathedral city of Chichester is one of the great well-preserved Georgian cities in the UK, where Chichester Festival Theatre offers a variety of first-class productions. The Sussex coast and its sandy beaches are within a 30 minute drive.
Very quiet and secluded
Very quiet, secluded and comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay here with pheasants and deer as the only company.
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