A Barn and The Observatory at South Downs Stay

Discover, Explore and Enjoy the South Downs National Park whilst staying in our stunning barn!

The Cuckoo is here! In May they sing all day. They change their tune in the middle of June. July they fly away!

We still have limited availability only in the Rabbit & Hare room Wednesday/Friday for the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2024, and only Thursday and Sunday nights availability in the Observatory for The Revival in September 2024. Contact us for further details.


The 3 bedrooms are a lovely mix of simple style with modern elegance. The blend of old and new creates an inviting atmosphere that is both interesting and yet very relaxing. This timber barn conversion is unique with many wow factors to behold, plus the added bonus of uninterrupted views of the South Downs Arundel Park and River Arun Valley.

Sink into a roll top, double ended bath with bubbles, experience a spacious rain shower and then relax overlooking the stunning landscape.

This is a walker’s paradise, full of trails and paths from short strolls to long hikes. Only a stones throw away from historic Arundel, Chichester, Petworth, The Knepp Estate and Goodwood. We welcome you to enjoy the magnificent landscape of the South Down National Park from every window of the property.

If you are looking for a family staycation or pre-wedding venue or just want exclusive use of the whole property, please contact us for details.


Our most recent addition at South Downs Stay, The Observatory, is a detached studio that sits in an elevated position above the A Barn. It adjoins a grassland meadow and is a perfect place for birdwatching, photography and viewing the night skies.

With well-equipped self-catering facilities, this studio is an ideal base for a week-long holiday for one or two guests. 

Far-reaching, breathtaking and amazing views on three aspects take in the South Downs, Arundel Park and the River Arun Valley.  Then later there is something irresistible about gazing up at a vast sky sparkling with stars on a clear night!

It’s a great place to see and hear abundant wildlife in a natural setting especially for those interested in observing birds in their own environment. You may even be a budding artists and/or photographer! We welcome you to come and enjoy a stay in this beautiful unique setting!

Experience life in the countryside, don’t just imagine it!
South Downs Stay is the perfect place to enjoy a Summer break. View an unrivalled panorama of the National Park landscape. Breathe the fresher air and connect with nature.
We welcome walkers/cyclists to this mid-point gateway of the South Downs Way. Why not stay at least 2 nights to explore the special qualities of this most scenic part of the South Downs National Park. Walk to the historic town of Arundel with it’s Castle, Cathedral and Artisan Shops. Walk through the meadows to Houghton Bridge where there is boat hire on the River Arun, the Chalkpits Industrial Museum and Railway Station. A short stroll will take you to the downland village of Amberley full of cultural heritage with it’s historic castle walls, shop, tearoom, pub and interesting properties around every corner. From the village you can also explore the Amberley Wildbrooks an SSSI and Ramsar Site.
Gaze the views from the barn over the beautiful river valley early in the morning when a mist often sits over the river. Observe at the red kites gliding on warm thermals of air as they survey the ground below.  Glimpse and hear the local owls after dusk.  Make the most of the dark evenings and stargaze on clear nights with uninterrupted views of the stars in the dark sky.  At dawn open a window and listen to the impressive morning birdsong and view the birds feeding in our wild flower meadow.

West Sussex is officially the sunniest county in England so there is a good chance the weather will be just right!

For the peace and relaxation of all our guests we can only accommodate children of 5 and over in A Barn but babies in cots are welcome in The Observatory.

Relax and unwind in the
South Downs National Park