Library Cottage

Gay Street, Pulborough,
West Sussex

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

A pretty self-catering holiday cottage with beautiful walled garden, set in the heart of Sussex wine country near Pulborough, Petworth, Amberley and Storrington, West Sussex.

  • Cosy cottage for couples
  • Wide selection of books
  • Beautiful walled garden
  • A short stroll to award-winning vineyards


A pretty holiday home with charming walled flower garden, set amongst farmland and countryside in the joyously named hamlet of Gay Street. A wonderful rural retreat for couples in the heart of Sussex wine country, close to Petworth, Pulborough and a wealth of famous Sussex landmarks.

French doors open into the bright sitting room, with a sofa facing out towards the garden to fully appreciate the surroundings. A large skylight sits above the doors to cast ample natural light into this pretty self-catering home, and for stargazing away from the bright skies of the city. To one side is the bedroom offering a king size bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bookshelves, and to the other side a bathroom with shower over bath. Set off the sitting room is a dining area with the same attractive views of the garden, and the well-equipped kitchen ready to prepare a cosy dinner for two. See the ‘House info’ section for more details about this country cottage for couples and solo travellers in the South Downs, near Pulborough.

As its name suggests, books adorn this cottage with a wide selection of literature. Pull any one from the shelf, grab a cup or glass and relax in the wonderful cottage garden. With a flower and delicate fragrance for all seasons, it is an excellent muse and inspiration for artistry, tapestry and scribing. Beyond your private garden there is also welcome access to over an acre of the owners’ own beautiful grounds. Tucked away in a quiet spot a few steps away, a carefully and naturally nurtured large pond sits under dappled sunlight, yours to enjoy for picnics, reading, painting and dozing. Or simply to enjoy a bottle of fine, chilled wine from one of the many local vineyards following a day trip to Parham House, Petworth or RSPB Pulborough Brooks – all just a few minutes up the road.

House info

Property features

  • No pets
  • Television (Smart TV)
  • DVD player
  • Wi-Fi
  • Selection of books (extensive), games & puzzles
  • En-suite bedroom
  • Ground floor bedroom & bathroom
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Garden/outside space
  • No children
  • 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.
  • Accessibility: this property has four steps leading up to the cottage from both the side/kitchen entrance (with bannister), and the French doors from the sitting room to the garden (no bannister). Inside the floors are level and even, with no internal steps or staircase.
  • Kitchen facilities: electric cooker with 4 hobs and single oven, under counter fridge with ice compartment, microwave, kettle, toaster, cafetière.
  • Iron, ironing board, 1 hairdryer provided.
  • For longer stays, the owners may be able to offer laundry services (washing, drying and ironing of clothes) – please contact us to discuss.
  • Garden: private walled garden with extensive flower borders, table, cushioned bench and easy chairs. Additional access to an acre of the owners’ grounds including large pond (no swimming!).
  • There is one designated parking space available on the driveway a few metres from the cottage.
  • Electric Heating.
  • Wi-Fi.




Local area

Gay Street is a tiny hamlet, yet is proud to be the home to no less than three acclaimed vineyards and Wine Estates. Nutbourne, Nyetimber and Ambriel Sparkling are all within walking distance (ticketed open days only at Nyetimber), and there are no less than 10 vineyards within 10 miles at last count. This is the heart of West Sussex wine country and a mecca for connoisseurs. Beer and ale enthusiasts are also well catered for, with the excellent Hepworth and Greyhound Breweries both within 3 miles and producing a wide range of very good Sussex IPAs, ales and beers including gluten-free and vegan options.

There are 2 good country pubs about a 20-minute walk across the fields; The Rising Sun in Nutbourne and the Queens Head in West Chiltington. For food supplies, the wonderful Dyke Farm Shop is a mile away, or take a stroll 5 minutes up the road to Crowell’s for their ‘cracking’ eggs. There is also a large Sainsbury’s and Tesco at Pulborough. Venturing a little further afield there are an abundance of places to visit; Petworth House and Park, Parham House, RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Amberley Village, castle and working museum, Arundel and Knepp Castle are all within a 15-minute drive. And of course the beautiful South Downs and River Arun sit just the other side of Pulborough, ready for a lifetime of exploration.



Such welcoming hosts

We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at Library Cottage, with its beautiful walled garden, many lovely walks from the door, such welcoming hosts and the beautiful rural setting - near lanes, bluebell woods and a short drive to the South Downs.

5 out of 5
  • Cleanliness 5
  • Service and Staff 5
  • Comfort 5
  • Condition 5
  • Location 5
  • Value For Money 5

A perfect base to explore the beautiful West Sussex countryside

We enjoyed our stay at Library Cottage immensely. We greatly appreciated the tranquility of its rural location. Access roads are narrow but we found very little oncoming traffic to cause inconvenience. In front of the cottage the beautiful garden created a very restful and picturesque impression. Internally, although compact, there was ample room for us to be comfortable. The appliances in the kitchen area were spotlessly clean - the fridge was sufficiently spacious to accommodate our provisions for the week. The living area, bathed in the natural light from the glazed doors and the roof, created the perfect environment to have a leisurely read. The TV was rather small, but was fine for catching up with the unfolding news with the rapidly changing political situation. The bed mattress was a little soft for our liking - a matter of personal preference. There was plenty of storage for our clothes in the wardrobe and drawers. We benefited by using the electric heaters in the early mornings and the evenings - it was mid October when we stayed. There were lots of opportunities to go on local walks - our favourite was right on the door step taking in the local vineyards and the villages of Nutbourne and West Chiltington. We had a very warm welcome from Liz and Chris who we met briefly at the start of our stay before they headed off for a few days. We appreciated the cake, raspberries and the floral arrangements from the beautiful grounds. This was a very relaxing and carefree stay.

4.8 out of 5
  • Cleanliness 5
  • Service and Staff 5
  • Comfort 5
  • Condition 5
  • Location 5
  • Value For Money 4

A wonderful, relaxing, comfortable cottage

This was our second stay at Library Cottage, and we would definitely like to return. The cottage is so comfortable and peaceful - ideal for a really relaxing break. There are miles of lovely walks, and lots of interesting places to visit; we especially enjoyed Petworth House, Parham House, and the RSPB at Pulborough Brooks. Liz and Chris, the hosts, are charming, friendly and helpful. We thoroughly recommend Library Cottage.

5 out of 5
  • Cleanliness 5
  • Service and Staff 5
  • Comfort 5
  • Condition 5
  • Location 5
  • Value For Money 5


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