West Sussex self catering cottage
Inspired and built by Ben Law and his team (as seen on Channel 4’s Grand Designs). Sustainable, unique, beautifully furnished and made by local craftsmen using local materials.
Situated on a working dairy farm and on the edge of the South Downs National Park it is ideal for walkers. Dogs and children are welcome. The cottage is wheel chair friendly.
The small towns of Steyning, Arundel and Lewes are popular with visitors. As are busier Brighton and Chichester.
We have tried to make Withyfield as sustainable as possible and we like fact that you can sit on the deck and see the wood where the trees that clad the outside of the building grew.
We have built an ‘eco holiday home’ to generate extra income for their family farm. We let out the unique new building for short breaks or weekly lets. It is built entirely from locally-sourced timber. Set in the heart of the Adur valley, it has views across the family’s 160-acre grassland farm where visitors can enjoy walking, fishing and bird watching.
All the wood has been grown in West Sussex and a lot of it has come from the nearby Cowdray Estate. The exterior cladding and the boards on the verandah are made of oak from our farm. The clay plaster render used to seal the gaps on the outside is made of Weald clay taken from the foundations. And our straw insulation comes from a nearby arable farm.
Unlike many traditional cottages, Withyfield is airy and light. It is centred around a spectacular A-frame made of Douglas fir, with large windows and roof lights. A Gothic-style window upstairs frames a mature oak-tree in the field beyond. The roof is made of cedar shingles, set with four large solar panels to provide most of the hot water. The lounge boasts a woodburner, set on a slab of Horsham stone.
The woodburner also heats the water and visitors are provided with a stock of seasoned logs from our farm. All the interior doors are oak and the chandelier has been forged by a local smith. We have wanted to make the house unique and to give an impression of quality.
A wildflower meadow is planned around the cottage in the near future. On arrival, visitors can expect a modest welcome pack of local produce, including beer from the local Dark Star Brewery and a cake.
Rooms, food and facilities
Withyfield Cottage comfortably sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms, with 1 double and 2 doubles or twins (with zip and link beds). There is a bathroom and 1 ensuite.
The well equipped kitchen has electric cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine and the open plan living area with wood burner (and wood supply), with TV, DVD, HiFi (with ipod dock) and Wi-fi.
There is a veranda and deck with BBQ and access to enclosed private meadow and woodland campfire area.
- linen and towels included
- cot and highchair available
- dog kennel and run available
Withyfield Cottage is a strictly non-smoking property.
How to find us
Merrion Farm is in the heart of the Sussex weald, alongside the river Adur, situated between the villages of Ashurst and Partridge Green.
How this holiday makes a difference
We hope to enhance our guests experience by offering or promoting experiences in the landscapes that provide enjoyment and learning in ways that sustain these special places.
The Griffiths family have lived on the farm for over 80 years, between us we have a vast local knowledge we are more than keen to share. We can recommend walks, there are plenty from the door and are happy to advice on outings. We offer tours of the farm and the chance to watch the cows being milked is always popular with old and young alike. Some people like to pick blackberries, sloes and mushrooms when they are in season. We have a woodland campfire area and we can provide a camp fire kit, including pans, utensils and fire-lighting instructions and optional firelighters. We can advice on any local events and can tell you what wildlife has been recently spotted in the surrounding area. The local ploughing matches, country fair and barn dances have all been popular with visitors as are the events at the local Fountain Inn.