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The White Cottage
West Sussex
PO20 7QL

The White Cottage, Chichester, West Sussex

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Sykes Cottages
Telephone Sykes Cottages booking line   01244 352 197

Sleeps a maximum of: 7

Pricing From: £617.00

This beautiful, detached holiday home is located along a leafy lane just outside the main village of Birdham, only three miles from Chichester, and can sleep seven people in four bedrooms.

The White Cottage is a beautiful, detached holiday home set along a leafy lane just outside the main village of Birdham, only three miles from Chichester, and can sleep seven people. There is a king-size double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a single bedroom (with additional single bed available on request for flexibility), a ground floor room with adult bunks with an en-suite shower room, a bathroom, a ground floor basin and WC, a kitchen, a garden room with a dining area, a sitting room and a snug/study. Outside there is off road parking for three cars, extensive lawns to the side and rear with a pond and a rear patio with furniture.

The White Cottage is a lovely base for your well-deserved break away.

Pet friendly accommodation Pet Friendly


Offers poor value for money in what could have been a fantastic property
Stayed as a family of seven (2 adults, 5 children) for the final week of the summer holiday as our only family holiday of the year and had been really looking forward to it as the property description and photographs looked fantastic. Sadly, our experience fell well short of expectation and we would advise against anyone spending significant amounts of money on this property unless significant improvements are made. The positives: large cottage, located conveniently for the coast and Chichester, close to A27 so easy to get to places further afield. Plenty of space for a family (though insufficient seating downstairs), generous bedrooms and a huge garden for the kids. WiFi works well - always a bonus! Lots of little extras - a washer/drier (rare in self-catering accommodation but so important in the UK!), plenty of towels, handsoaps provided in bathrooms, buckets etc for the beach. The negatives: our first observation on arrival was that the hardwood frame of the sunroom (where you let yourself in) was rotting badly and the main entry door has swelled in heat/rain so is hard to close - hardly a great start when you think of the high rental cost. The sunroom itself leaks in several places in the rain, which we didn't expect, so one of our children slipped on a puddle on the tiled floor and was lucky to escape uninjured. Overall some aspects of the property just need some TLC: the sofa in the lounge is filthy and marked with stains; many of the kitchen cabinet doors don't close properly. Small things but important when you've shelled out a lot of money to stay. It's not unreasonable to expect the place to be clean. The kitchen has an Aga which is a new experience for many and quite unlike conventional cooking; unfortunately, it wasn't working properly so we couldn't safely cook food and ended up losing nearly £30 of food that we couldn't risk giving to our children partially cooked. While the owner was quick to offer a goodwill gesture so we could get a meal, this didn't replace the lost food nor compensate for the inconvenience and stress. There's no fun in spending an hour trying to cook basic oven food when your children are playing in the garden and you can't join them because you're trying to get their dinner ready. It's worth noting that, even if the Aga works, it only has one roasting oven so it's hard to cook for a large number of people. There are also some safety considerations if you plan to stay with children. The property has polished open flat stairs, so it's difficult for younger children to use them safely. There isn't a stairgate at all, even a portable one, so be aware if your child is the type who gets up at night. The garden opens onto a fast country road and there are no gates, so this was a constant worry for us. The pond, however, is covered. Overall, we were very disappointed as we expect better for a four figure cost and the cottage could be so much better if some thought and time was given to improving it, so I wouldn't currently recommend staying there.

The house was perfect for our requirement, photos and description perfectly match. Garden was so nice, really lovely to sit outside.
Mrs Plant



Parking Space Parking Space
Linen Provided Linen provided
Towels Provided Towels provided
Dishwasher Dishwasher
cookewr Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Televsion Television
WiFi WiFi


Single Beds

Twin Beds


Oil central heating
Oil AGA with oven and hobs, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
Fuel and power inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Off road parking for 3 cars
Extensive lawns to side and rear with pond and rear patio with furniture
One well-behaved dog welcome
Sorry, no smoking
Shop 1 mile, pub less than 2 miles
Note: There is an unfenced pond in the garden, children should be supervised at all times
Note: There is a gardener who attends the grounds on a regular basis
Note: The owners have dogs which do sometimes visit the cottage
Note: Entrance to the cottage is via the garden room
Note: The twin beds can be carefully moved further apart than shown in the photo if required
Note: Single bedroom small and compact when additional single bed in use
Note: Due to the extensive open lawns, dogs must be kept on a lead when outside

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Earnley Butterflies and Gardens - 1.5 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve - 2.4 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Bosham, Holy Trinity Church - 3.2 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Fishbourne Roman Palace - 3.3 miles (Roman Site) Heritage Rating

Chichester Cathedral - 3.7 miles (Cathedral) Heritage Rating

The Novium Museum - 3.8 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Pallant House Gallery - 3.8 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Church Norton, St Wilfrid's Church - 3.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Chichester, St John the Evangelist - 3.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum - 6.2 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

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