But even before you walk in, you’ll find that the village of Burpham has had a calming effect. Its flint houses, century-old cricket pitch and picturesque pub seem suspended in time at the end of the road that winds up from the River Arun to the sunny chalk grasslands of the South Downs.
The nine comfortable, individually styled bedrooms are decorated in mild countryhouse style, with an assortment of furniture, fabrics and ornaments. There are two sitting rooms, one with an honesty bar, and in the attractive dining room leading off the wide and elegant hallway, Steve Penticost produces delicious, well-priced food. A calm and friendly hotel in an exceptional location that everyone from dukes to dustmen can enjoy.
Doubles from £80