3-Night South Downs Self-Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 3 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £295pp £250pp

Britain’s newest national park protects a line of chalk downland that stretches from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east. Its most familiar places include the famous ‘rollercoaster’ cliffs of the Seven Sisters, the plunging valley at the Devil’s Dyke, Arundel’s sprawling castle and the chalk peak of Ditchling Beacon.The South Downs Way National Trail takes walkers from one end of the downs to the other, but this national park has many other walking trails – including the Monarch’s Way, The West Sussex Literary Trail and New Lipchis Way. There are picturesque villages to admire, historic estates to explore and many visitor attractions including Bignor Roman Villa, Arundel’s Wetland Centre, Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, Amberley Working Museum, Fishbourne Roman Palace and The Weald and Downland Museum. Abingworth House - our historic 4-star country house - is peacefully located in the Sussex countryside. It is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts with hearty food, a Discovery Point containing detailed route notes and lots of room to relax. It’s the perfect base from which to enjoy a self-guided walking holiday in the South Downs.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on foot to discover the varied beauty of the South Downs
  • Admire panoramic sea and cliff views
  • Enjoy the use of our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions for exploring the local area
  • Visit charming English villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the rich history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable house
  • Discover what makes the South Downs so special from the white cliffs to the rolling hills
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the beautiful scenery. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

  • Thakeham - 2 miles
  • Thakeham & Warminghurst - 3 miles
  • Warminghurst & Little Thakeham - 4 miles

Some longer walks, including some stretches along the South Downs Way. Experience the true flavour of Sussex as you follow these varied routes.

  • West Chiltington & Thakeham - 6 miles
  • East Dean & the Seven Sisters - 6 miles
  • Ditchling Village and Beacon - 6 miles
  • Hurston Place & Nutbourne Common - 7 miles
  • Thakeham & Ashington - 7 miles

For those who love to stride out for some longer walks.

  • Pulborough Brooks & West Chiltington - 9 miles
  • Pulborough Brooks & Parham Park - 9 miles
  • Beachy Head & the Seven Sisters - 9 miles
  • Littlehampton to Worthing - 9 miles
  • Storrington and the South Downs Way - 11 miles
  • Parham Park and the South Down's Way - 15 miles

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Abingworth Hall

Tucked away in the village of Thakeham at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall has stood in one form another since the 13th century. Gutted by fire, it was rebuilt in 1910 in its current distinctive style. As well as 27 ensuite rooms the house has all the ingredients you need for the perfect country house stay: three comfortable lounges with squishy sofas to kick back in, the largest of which opens onto an attractive conservatory and bar in which to dally, great food and super-comfy rooms to retire to. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking here; go for a lazy amble around the wildlife rich chalk Downlands to discover a colourful tapestry of historic villages, thatched cottages, pastoral landscapes and vibrant market towns. Highlights of your stay might include the Seven Sisters, the Glorious Goodwood estate, the Devil’s Dyke and Chantonbury Ring, as well as Arundel and the National Trust property at Petworth. Take your pick.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, which make use of every nook-and-cranny in the interesting architecture of this characterful house. With 27 bedrooms, Abingworth Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Clean and bright, with accent colours to offset the simple palette, the rooms are airy and light. Better Rooms might have a feature wall or strong print wallpaper as well as pretty tiles in the ensuite bathroom.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling on the South Downs, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax in the large gardens and sit by the pretty pond, turn your hand to croquet or practice on the putting green. Ease through a couple of lengths of the heated outdoor pool if you’ve still got energy to burn. Hole up in the light-filled conservatory with pretty views of the gardens or retire to the Drawing Room with its wood-panelled walls, log burner, library of books to browse and comfy seats to sink in to; there’s a telescope for you to scour the night sky too. In the evening, take your seat in the bar or join fellow guests in the large ballroom for the evening activity.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Abingworth Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room, which has a giant brick fireplace at its heart, hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local Sussex flavours. Look out for the Sussex Churdle, a traditional, meaty ploughboy lunch, local Chiddingly beef cooked with black olives and Sussex smokies, smoked haddock served in a prawn sauce. Cap it all with a Sussex Pond Pudding, a pud that’s part of the honourable tradition of British dishes with names to pique the interest more than the appetite, which is actually bright and zingy, suety and syrupy all at the same time

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
09 Oct - 12 Oct
3 Self-Guided £319 £294 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
16 Oct - 19 Oct
3 Self-Guided £319 £294 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
06 Nov - 09 Nov
3 Self-Guided £295 £250 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
20 Nov - 23 Nov
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2021
05 Feb - 08 Feb
3 Self-Guided £309 £259 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
12 Feb - 15 Feb
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19 Feb - 22 Feb
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26 Feb - 01 Mar
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05 Mar - 08 Mar
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12 Mar - 15 Mar
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06 Apr - 09 Apr
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09 Apr - 12 Apr
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23 Apr - 26 Apr
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07 May - 10 May
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21 May - 24 May
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28 May - 31 May
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04 Jun - 07 Jun
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18 Jun - 21 Jun
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25 Jun - 28 Jun
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16 Jul - 19 Jul
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23 Jul - 26 Jul
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30 Jul - 02 Aug
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06 Aug - 09 Aug
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13 Aug - 16 Aug
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20 Aug - 23 Aug
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03 Sep - 06 Sep
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10 Sep - 13 Sep
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17 Sep - 20 Sep
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24 Sep - 27 Sep
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01 Oct - 04 Oct
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15 Oct - 18 Oct
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22 Oct - 25 Oct
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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

3 nights from £295pp £250pp

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