Burpham Country House – Arundel, West Sussex

This quiet delight has charm, a quirky past and above all, a sense of peace. Originally an 18th-century hunting lodge and later a rectory, Burpham Country House is embellished with a wooden veranda picked out in sky blue, and entered by an ecclesiastical porch. ‘We literally see people’s shoulders drop as they come inside,’ says owner Jackie Penticost.

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
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