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15 Log Cabins around the South Downs

As Britain's newest National Park, situated in Hampshire and Sussex includes some fine ancient woodlands, dramatic heathland and the white chalk cliffs at Beachy Head. Great for walking, with the South Downs Way, horse riding and cycling, and exploring lively towns and villages.

Lakeside Lodge 6

Runcton, West Sussex, South of England

Lakeside Lodge From £676 Availability

The living areas in the property consist of an open-plan living area with a kitchen with an oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, breakfast bar with seating for four, dining table with seating for four people and a sitting room with TV and electric fire. The bedrooms consist of a double with TV and en-suite shower room and two twins, along with a bathroom. Outside, there is decking with furniture and off-road parking for one car. On-site, you will find a shop, pub and restaurant, and please note that this is a non-smoking property. WiFi, fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price. For a memorable escape to Sussex, choose Lakeside Lodge.

Barn in Hampshire 2

Petersfield, Hampshire, South of England

Barn in Hampshire From £1130 Availability

This property enjoys a beautiful location within the conservation area of Catherington, on the edge of the South Downs National Park, which is home to extensive heathlands, forests, farmland and historical sites, as well as many dog friendly pubs. Set in a peaceful spot and backing onto the 32 acre Catherington Down, a site of special scientific interest, here you are surrounded by beautiful countryside and picture perfect villages including Hambledon, East Meon, Droxford and Emsworth (all within 8 miles). The amenities of Petersfield (9 miles), Portsmouth (10.5 miles), Chichester (14.5 miles), the steam railway of The Watercress Line (16 miles), Winchester (19.5 miles) and Southampton (24 miles) are within easy reach. Many attractions including Goodwood Race Circuit, Butser Ancient Farm, Fort Nelson, the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays, the Weald and Downland Museum and National Trust properties are also within 16 miles. The cottage is located in the grounds of the owner s spacious country home, but with privacy assured as it is entirely separate with its own entrance door. This converted Victorian former stable building was fully refurbished in 2022, while keeping its period character. Once inside you will find an open plan living space for two people to relax and dine in comfort, and there is a spacious wet room style shower and WC behind a sliding oak barn door. The lounge area is comfortable and welcoming, with Smart TV, environmentally friendly bioethanol wood burner and window seat overlooking the private meadow and beyond to the South Downs National Park. The kitchen is equipped with an electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Heading upstairs via the reclaimed Victorian cast iron circular staircase you will find a super king size bed (which can also be arranged as a twin on request) set into the eaves. Settle into 500 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding and hypoallergenic duvets for the most comfortable sleep. The bedroom also features antique chests of drawers for storage, a dressing table and stool, a velvet armchair in a reading nook, and a stunning, free standing roll top bath positioned to enjoy the wonderful countryside views and the stars through the three enormous roof windows. These make the bedroom light filled and airy, but blackout blinds will ensure cosiness and good sleep. In support of local business owners, you will find toiletries, welcome goodies and handicrafts featured within in the property. Adjacent to the property is a gate into the guests' private enclosed wildflower meadow and access to 5 acres of pastureland. Here you can sit on the bench and watch the world go by. The cottage has an off road parking space for one car.

Barn in Hampshire 2

Alton, Hampshire, South of England

Barn in Hampshire From £657 Availability

For the walkers and cyclists amongst you, this beautiful spot provides country trails from the doorstep, allowing you to take in the best that the South Downs National Park has to offer. The thriving market town of Alton is just 2.5 miles away and has a delightful mix of historic buildings, modern shops, cafes and restaurants, whilst the Watercress Line steam railway goes from Alton and trundles through pleasant countryside, through the villages of Ropley and Alresford. Enjoy a walk through the Lavender Fields at Hartley Park Farm or even explore Alice Holt Forest, both within 7 miles. From making your way up the external stairway and into the converted loft you will soon notice the attention to detail in this stylish retreat. The open plan layout consists of the kitchen, lounge, dining, and bedroom space to which the wonderful, draped curtains can be drawn. The kitchen has everything you need including an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and even a wine cooler, whilst guests can take a seat on the breakfast bar to enjoy dining. There is also a comfortable sofa positioned here allowing guests to fully relax after a day on the trails. The chic bedroom space consists of a king size bed with light flowing through the windows on both sides. Featuring a unique design, you can make your way from either side of the bed through to the exquisite bathroom, where you will find a roll top bath and separate walk in waterfall shower and WC. The home has a gated entrance to the grounds and outdoor space in abundance where guests can explore Hartley Wine Estate s 80 acres of vines, woodland, farmland and fishing lakes. You could even meet the friendly animals which include a family of peacocks, rare breed chickens and a flock of sheep too. There is ample parking on site.

Log Cabin in Hampshire 2

Alton, Hampshire, South of England

Log Cabin in Hampshire From £600 Availability

This contemporary shepherds hut enjoys a stunning location at the gateway to the picturesque South Downs National Park and is home to extensive heathlands, forests, farmland and historical sites, as well as many dog friendly pubs too. Walkers and cyclists are well catered for with country trails from the doorstep. The thriving market town of Alton is just 2.6 miles away and has a delightful mix of historic buildings, modern shops, cafes and restaurants too. Nearby in Selborne (4.5 miles) you can walk up the famous zig zag pathway, enjoy the views and explore the hangers, or visit Gilbert White s House and The Oates Collection. Head up the small flight of steps and over the decking into this wonderful shepherds hut where you will immediately find yourself surrounded by contemporary country style in the cosy living and sleeping area. The well presented kitchen space is well equipped with a gas hob, microwave, fridge and wash basin, whilst there is also a dining table for two to sit together and perhaps enjoy a spot of breakfast. A key feature of this home from home is the warming wood burner where logs and kindling are supplied favourably. When the stars are out at the end of the day, retire to the double bed which forms part of this compact yet perfectly appointed space. Completing the offering inside the property, an en suite shower and WC provides for a comfortable stay in this beautifully rustic environment. Located outside and to the front of the property, a lovely secluded decking area has been provided for your relaxation and enjoyment and this boasts a private wood fired hot tub, outdoor seating and fabulous views across the vineyard where guests can explore Hartley Wine Estate s 80 acres of vines, woodland, farmland and fishing lakes. You can even meet the friendly animals including a family of peacocks, rare breed chickens and a flock of sheep too. There is ample parking on site.

Supernova 13

Chichester, West Sussex, South of England

Supernova From £9050 Availability

Set in the lively coastal town of Bosham, this unique property blends cutting-edge architectural design with sustainability, seamlessly integrating with its natural environment. Featured on Grand Designs, Supernova boasts floating balconies, a natural swimming pond, tennis court, and even a nature and sculpture trail within the 1.5-acre grounds, creating a truly unique holiday home for up to 13 guests.

Split into two parts, the main house has two storeys and holds a state-of-the-art kitchen with all the amenities you need to host guests, from a coffee machine to wine glasses, plus a roaring log-burning fire and a large open-plan dining area that benefits from a stunning triple-height ceiling with floating balconies from the first and second floors looking down. Huge floor-to-ceiling feature windows let in endless light, making the blend of indoors and outdoors all the more seamless.

The second part is a single-storey living space with comfortable seating, a great place to step out with a glass of wine onto the floating deck that overlooks a shimmering natural swimming pond. Take a dip amongst the water lilies and enjoy the setting that combines both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Laze in the sun on comfortable sun-loungers or enjoy a dip in the bubbles of the large hot tub, a tranquil place to take a moment to sit back and watch the local butterflies flit from flower to flower in the cleverly designed gardens. More active guests can enjoy a round of tennis on the private court, whilst the creative types amongst you will love the on-site art studio and stunning wildlife and sculpture walk within the grounds.

A lovely outdoor dining area is a tranquil space to enjoy an al fresco meal surrounded by nature, with the added advantage of a roaring fire to keep warm and a comfy sofa area to retire to, cocktail in hand!

The bedrooms are spread over the first and third floors, with bed linen and towels included. During your stay, choose from several stand-alone baths to enjoy a deep morning or evening soak in the pristine bathrooms, complete with walk-in showers and heated towel rails.

With the delightful Bosham harbour close by and the stunning beaches of the South Coast a short drive away, this striking holiday home is perfectly placed to enjoy the protected beauty of the area. Whether it’s coastal walks, fish and chips at the harbour, cycle rides through stunning landscapes or getting active on the sandy shore, Supernova is close to all the action in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The home itself received its own accolade, winning the 2022 Residential Award in the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.

The famously beautiful Bosham is one of the prettiest villages on the South Coast, with a lively arts scene, striking views, and only a short distance from fantastic sandy local beaches. We recommend enjoying some delicious food and local ales at the charming local pub, The Anchor Bleu, set harbor-side and with a lovely, buzzy beer garden out front.

Make sure you take a browse around the Bosham Walk Art & Crafts Centre, a fantastic collection of little shops in an old-world setting, featuring a host of local artists' wares from ceramics to textiles, artwork, and furniture, plus a little café selling coffee, food, and ice cream.

If you're looking to spend a day at the beach, then West Wittering is just over twenty minutes’ drive and offers a wide expanse of glorious soft white sand, perfect for paddling, digging up sandcastles, and running in the dunes. Neighboring East Head is great for exploring, with special status as a designated Special Site of Scientific Interest as well as a Ramsar site. Beautiful wildflowers thrive here, and you can enjoy a lovely walk on the footpath from West Wittering car park (book ahead for space!).

The beautiful city of Chichester has much to explore, including its 11th-century Cathedral. Walk amongst its unique double aisles and marvel at the sculptures on display and the glass floor revealing a Roman mosaic. Also worth a visit is the Novium Museum, built over the remains of an old Roman bathhouse; it has three floors of exhibitions and tells the story of Chichester and the area's rich history. Best of all, it's free to enter.

If you are looking for more history, Fishbourne Roman Palace is an historic site worth visiting, holding the remains of the largest Roman building in Britain and just ten minutes from Chichester. With a museum on the grounds, visitors can learn about the former elegant gardens, famous mosaics, and wealthy Romano-British inhabitants.

The South Downs National Park is a fantastic spot for cycling or horse-riding. A clearly marked chalk trail runs 161km around the park and offers an idyllic pathway to explore the natural beauty on offer. There are ancient woodlands, rolling hills, and lush river valleys, and a plethora of local birdlife to spot as you take in this beautiful landscape. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day exploring amongst the splendid setting.

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