Guidebook for Clouds Hill and surrounds

Lucy
Guidebook for Clouds Hill and surrounds

Food Scene

The Duke of Cumberland is a beautiful, award winning, 16th century pub perched on the side of a hill with breath taking views. From the gardens, on a fine summer’s day, it’s just possible to see Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey. Inside this traditional pub, there are flagstones, brick floors, wooden scrubbed tables and local ales served straight from the barrel. The excellent food is cooked by the award-winning chef/owner Simon Goodman. The pub is very popular so you will need to book by calling 01428 652280.
26 locals recommend
The Duke of Cumberland Arms
26 locals recommend
The Duke of Cumberland is a beautiful, award winning, 16th century pub perched on the side of a hill with breath taking views. From the gardens, on a fine summer’s day, it’s just possible to see Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey. Inside this traditional pub, there are flagstones, brick floors, wooden scrubbed tables and local ales served straight from the barrel. The excellent food is cooked by the award-winning chef/owner Simon Goodman. The pub is very popular so you will need to book by calling 01428 652280.
Located just a stone’s throw from Blackdown Hill on the borders of Surrey and West Sussex, the Noah’s Ark is a beautiful 16th century pub situated on the picturesque village green at Lurgashall. The pub is a well-established meeting place for locals and has a superb restaurant attached providing outstanding seasonal food with great service, while retaining a traditional pub atmosphere. The pub is extremely child friendly and dogs are very welcome in the bar. To book a table in the restaurant call 01428 707346.
24 locals recommend
The Noahs Ark Inn
24 locals recommend
Located just a stone’s throw from Blackdown Hill on the borders of Surrey and West Sussex, the Noah’s Ark is a beautiful 16th century pub situated on the picturesque village green at Lurgashall. The pub is a well-established meeting place for locals and has a superb restaurant attached providing outstanding seasonal food with great service, while retaining a traditional pub atmosphere. The pub is extremely child friendly and dogs are very welcome in the bar. To book a table in the restaurant call 01428 707346.
Excellent high end restaurant situated in ancient Inn. This is a more formal country restaurant in an old coaching Inn. The dining room is located upstairs in the pub and is perfect for both intimate tables and larger groups. The pub champions local food and wine producers from the West Sussex area and focuses on the provenance of the ingredients. To book a table call 01789 532535
8 locals recommend
The Lickfold Inn
8 locals recommend
Excellent high end restaurant situated in ancient Inn. This is a more formal country restaurant in an old coaching Inn. The dining room is located upstairs in the pub and is perfect for both intimate tables and larger groups. The pub champions local food and wine producers from the West Sussex area and focuses on the provenance of the ingredients. To book a table call 01789 532535
Nestled in the South Downs on the same site as the Kings Arms is this excellent Indian restaurant. Banyan offers authentic Indian cuisine that is a far cry from your typical curry house. Fresh dishes are created by professional Indian chefs using locally sourced fresh ingredients and complimented with exceptional service. To book a table call 01428 644 090
8 locals recommend
Banyan
8 locals recommend
Nestled in the South Downs on the same site as the Kings Arms is this excellent Indian restaurant. Banyan offers authentic Indian cuisine that is a far cry from your typical curry house. Fresh dishes are created by professional Indian chefs using locally sourced fresh ingredients and complimented with exceptional service. To book a table call 01428 644 090
In the heart of the glorious South Downs National Park the 250 year old Halfway Bridge is flanked by two historic market towns: Midhurst, home to the Cowdray Estate, Cowdray Ruins and International polo, and Petworth, the antique centre of southern England with its famous country house and deer park. To book a table call 01798 861281
The Halfway Bridge Inn
In the heart of the glorious South Downs National Park the 250 year old Halfway Bridge is flanked by two historic market towns: Midhurst, home to the Cowdray Estate, Cowdray Ruins and International polo, and Petworth, the antique centre of southern England with its famous country house and deer park. To book a table call 01798 861281
The Horse Guards Inn is a 350 year old pub with a reputation for outstanding food. The pub is relaxed, friendly and informal with wooden tables and chairs, oak beams and stripped floorboards. In winter you can roast chestnuts foraged from Petworth Park on one of the open log fires, play board games at the bar and enjoy a warm glass of spiced cider. On sunnier days, relax in the hidden garden slumped in deck chairs or on straw-bale seats or have lunch at shaded tables on benches covered with sheepskins.
36 locals recommend
Horse Guards Inn
36 locals recommend
The Horse Guards Inn is a 350 year old pub with a reputation for outstanding food. The pub is relaxed, friendly and informal with wooden tables and chairs, oak beams and stripped floorboards. In winter you can roast chestnuts foraged from Petworth Park on one of the open log fires, play board games at the bar and enjoy a warm glass of spiced cider. On sunnier days, relax in the hidden garden slumped in deck chairs or on straw-bale seats or have lunch at shaded tables on benches covered with sheepskins.

Parks & Nature

The cottage is situated inside a huge National Park with woodland hiking routes, bridal ways for riding and nature trails. See the Discovery map on the website for trails and trecks http://maps.southdowns.gov.uk. There are several easy walks straight from the property; one 40 minute walk leads straight up hill and across Lynchmere Society meadow and back through the woods to the cottage again, while a longer walk takes you through the woods and up to Marley Common where there is a spectacular view across Sussex to the coast. In addition, part of the Surrey Sussex border path runs through Linchmere, walking routes can be found online at http://www.sussexborderpath.co.uk.
70 locals recommend
South Downs National Park
70 locals recommend
The cottage is situated inside a huge National Park with woodland hiking routes, bridal ways for riding and nature trails. See the Discovery map on the website for trails and trecks http://maps.southdowns.gov.uk. There are several easy walks straight from the property; one 40 minute walk leads straight up hill and across Lynchmere Society meadow and back through the woods to the cottage again, while a longer walk takes you through the woods and up to Marley Common where there is a spectacular view across Sussex to the coast. In addition, part of the Surrey Sussex border path runs through Linchmere, walking routes can be found online at http://www.sussexborderpath.co.uk.
A beautiful park with miles of nature trails and many BBQ spots. Great for a family day out.
26 locals recommend
Queen Elizabeth Country Park
26 locals recommend
A beautiful park with miles of nature trails and many BBQ spots. Great for a family day out.
Created in the early 20th century by Dr Wilfrid Fox, this hillside arboretum has now been maintained by the National Trust for 60 years and has built up an internationally significant collection of more than 1,000 different species of shrubs and trees, many of them rare. The Collection and setting are unique and there is always something new to see no matter what time of year. The most impressive displays are in spring, with magnolias, bluebells and azaleas in bloom, and in autumn, when the colour of the foliage is stunning. In the summer it is an ideal place for family days out and picnics, and winter brings the opportunity for a peaceful walk among the hollies and snowdrops.
16 locals recommend
National Trust - Winkworth Arboretum
16 locals recommend
Created in the early 20th century by Dr Wilfrid Fox, this hillside arboretum has now been maintained by the National Trust for 60 years and has built up an internationally significant collection of more than 1,000 different species of shrubs and trees, many of them rare. The Collection and setting are unique and there is always something new to see no matter what time of year. The most impressive displays are in spring, with magnolias, bluebells and azaleas in bloom, and in autumn, when the colour of the foliage is stunning. In the summer it is an ideal place for family days out and picnics, and winter brings the opportunity for a peaceful walk among the hollies and snowdrops.
Further afield, but within a 15 minute drive from the cottage, are marvelous jogging and walking trails on Black Down, which is the highest point in Sussex and managed by the National Trust as an internationally important heathland . It’s a landscape of wavy hair grass, purple heather and pine trees, where you can still get a true sense of 'wild'. The views have inspired many for years and described by Tennyson, ‘long known and loved by me, green Sussex fading into blue with one grey glimpse of sea.’ The flanks of Black Down have old flower-rich meadows, ancient woodland and copses. The meadows are cut for hay to feed the cows over the winter, but which roam the heath in the summer months.
15 locals recommend
Blackdown
15 locals recommend
Further afield, but within a 15 minute drive from the cottage, are marvelous jogging and walking trails on Black Down, which is the highest point in Sussex and managed by the National Trust as an internationally important heathland . It’s a landscape of wavy hair grass, purple heather and pine trees, where you can still get a true sense of 'wild'. The views have inspired many for years and described by Tennyson, ‘long known and loved by me, green Sussex fading into blue with one grey glimpse of sea.’ The flanks of Black Down have old flower-rich meadows, ancient woodland and copses. The meadows are cut for hay to feed the cows over the winter, but which roam the heath in the summer months.
Cowdray Park guided wildlife tours take place in beautiful rural West Sussex, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. During the 3 hours, some at night, you will have the chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat. The experienced Ranger will guide you to the best viewing spots and knows every inch of the terrain. The maximum number of people on a tour is four. Visit the website to make a booking https://www.cowdray.co.uk/sport/wildlife-outings/
9 locals recommend
Cowdray House
9 locals recommend
Cowdray Park guided wildlife tours take place in beautiful rural West Sussex, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. During the 3 hours, some at night, you will have the chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat. The experienced Ranger will guide you to the best viewing spots and knows every inch of the terrain. The maximum number of people on a tour is four. Visit the website to make a booking https://www.cowdray.co.uk/sport/wildlife-outings/
Perched on its vantage point high on the South Downs ridge, Uppark commands views as far south as the English Channel. Outside, the intimate gardens are being gradually restored to their original 19th-century design, with plenty of space in the adjacent meadow for families to play and relax with a picnic. The nearby woodland is great for exploring and den-building. Uppark's Georgian interiors illustrate period life, with the highlight being one of the best examples of a 17th-century doll's house in the country.
32 locals recommend
Uppark House and Garden - National Trust
32 locals recommend
Perched on its vantage point high on the South Downs ridge, Uppark commands views as far south as the English Channel. Outside, the intimate gardens are being gradually restored to their original 19th-century design, with plenty of space in the adjacent meadow for families to play and relax with a picnic. The nearby woodland is great for exploring and den-building. Uppark's Georgian interiors illustrate period life, with the highlight being one of the best examples of a 17th-century doll's house in the country.

Arts & Culture

Discover rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over 1,000 years. Enjoy the 40-acre site and visit more than 50 historic buildings, from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin tabernacle church. There is a regular programme of demonstrations, including milling in the 17th century watermill; cooking in a Tudor kitchen and blacksmithing in a Victorian smithy.
104 locals recommend
Weald & Downland Living Museum
104 locals recommend
Discover rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over 1,000 years. Enjoy the 40-acre site and visit more than 50 historic buildings, from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin tabernacle church. There is a regular programme of demonstrations, including milling in the 17th century watermill; cooking in a Tudor kitchen and blacksmithing in a Victorian smithy.
Fishbourne Roman Palace is in the village of Fishbourne, Chichester in West Sussex. The palace is the largest residential Roman building discovered in Britain and has an unusually early date of 75 AD, around thirty years after the Roman conquest of Britain. Its many superb mosaic floors dating from this period make it even more exceptional. Much of the palace has been excavated and is preserved, along with an on-site museum. The rectangular palace surrounded formal gardens, the northern parts of which have been reconstructed.
55 locals recommend
Fishbourne Roman Palace
55 locals recommend
Fishbourne Roman Palace is in the village of Fishbourne, Chichester in West Sussex. The palace is the largest residential Roman building discovered in Britain and has an unusually early date of 75 AD, around thirty years after the Roman conquest of Britain. Its many superb mosaic floors dating from this period make it even more exceptional. Much of the palace has been excavated and is preserved, along with an on-site museum. The rectangular palace surrounded formal gardens, the northern parts of which have been reconstructed.

Shopping

Local farm shop with excellent produce, delicatessen and unique hand made goods
25 locals recommend
Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe
25 locals recommend
Local farm shop with excellent produce, delicatessen and unique hand made goods
Midhurst is a busy market town built around, a Norman castle and 12th century fortified house, where you’ll find a delightful mix of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, including more than 100 listed buildings. There are a wide range ofcountry stores, village shops and small cafes.
19 locals recommend
Midhurst
19 locals recommend
Midhurst is a busy market town built around, a Norman castle and 12th century fortified house, where you’ll find a delightful mix of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, including more than 100 listed buildings. There are a wide range ofcountry stores, village shops and small cafes.
Petworth is an ancient market town with medieval winding cobbled streets and hidden lanes. There are many local shops selling curios, antiques and handmade gifts. You will also find delightful tea shops and art galleries. The Farmers Market operates from 9.00am – 1.00pm every 4th Saturday of the month in the Market Square. This is a great opportunity to buy locally grown produce and support local farmers who have produced their food within a 40 miles radius.
Market Square
Petworth is an ancient market town with medieval winding cobbled streets and hidden lanes. There are many local shops selling curios, antiques and handmade gifts. You will also find delightful tea shops and art galleries. The Farmers Market operates from 9.00am – 1.00pm every 4th Saturday of the month in the Market Square. This is a great opportunity to buy locally grown produce and support local farmers who have produced their food within a 40 miles radius.

Essentials

Supermarket in Liphook 5 mins from the cottage
Sainsbury's
Supermarket in Liphook 5 mins from the cottage

Entertainment & Activities

Riding lessons for all ages and abilities, from beginners to competition riders. Miles of off-road hacking just minutes from the yard gate, including National Trust and Forestry Commission land. In addition there is a 20 x 40 metre indoor, floodlit school and jumping paddock on site.
Hewshott Farm Stables
Riding lessons for all ages and abilities, from beginners to competition riders. Miles of off-road hacking just minutes from the yard gate, including National Trust and Forestry Commission land. In addition there is a 20 x 40 metre indoor, floodlit school and jumping paddock on site.
Cowdray Park is recognised worldwide as the ‘Home of British Polo’ and is one of the busiest clubs in the world with 450 matches played annually, the highlight of the season being the King Power for the British Open Polo Championship. The three week tournament to decide the winners of the British Open will start on June 26th with the Semi Finals on Wednesday 18th July and Final on Sunday 22nd July and in world polo terms is ranked alongside the Argentine and US Open Championships. The first matches of the season will commence on Saturday 28th April, after which polo continues through to Sunday 23rd September. See the website for match details https://www.cowdray.co.uk.
30 locals recommend
Cowdray Park Polo Club
30 locals recommend
Cowdray Park is recognised worldwide as the ‘Home of British Polo’ and is one of the busiest clubs in the world with 450 matches played annually, the highlight of the season being the King Power for the British Open Polo Championship. The three week tournament to decide the winners of the British Open will start on June 26th with the Semi Finals on Wednesday 18th July and Final on Sunday 22nd July and in world polo terms is ranked alongside the Argentine and US Open Championships. The first matches of the season will commence on Saturday 28th April, after which polo continues through to Sunday 23rd September. See the website for match details https://www.cowdray.co.uk.
Clay pigeon shooting catering for the complete novice to the accomplished shot. Hownhall Shooting at Cowdray is based just north of Midhurst in a woodland setting, the shooting school's ethos is to provide an expert level of tuition. Bespoke services offered include full corporate shooting facilities, lessons and have-a-go packages. Contact 07867 422847 for more information.
Cowdray Estate Office
Clay pigeon shooting catering for the complete novice to the accomplished shot. Hownhall Shooting at Cowdray is based just north of Midhurst in a woodland setting, the shooting school's ethos is to provide an expert level of tuition. Bespoke services offered include full corporate shooting facilities, lessons and have-a-go packages. Contact 07867 422847 for more information.
This is a 6373 yard par 70 course set in a breathtaking location.. Visiting golfers are very welcome at Hindhead throughout the year. It's an opportunity to play one of England's finest heathland courses and enjoy the warm welcome from our professional and friendly team. Hindhead is a challenging course so is therefore only suitable for experienced golfers with an official handicap from their home club or society. Call 01428 604 458 to make a booking.
Hindhead Golf Club
This is a 6373 yard par 70 course set in a breathtaking location.. Visiting golfers are very welcome at Hindhead throughout the year. It's an opportunity to play one of England's finest heathland courses and enjoy the warm welcome from our professional and friendly team. Hindhead is a challenging course so is therefore only suitable for experienced golfers with an official handicap from their home club or society. Call 01428 604 458 to make a booking.
The Park Course was designed by the renowned golf architect and player, Donald Steel. It winds effortlessly around the beautiful 18th Century parkland surrounding Goodwood House. The course boasts some of Britain's finest three-hundred-year-old Cedar trees. It may seem less of a challenge, but its tricky switchbacks and devilish bunkers are enough to keep any golfer on their toes. Bookings can be made four weeks in advance with the exception of tee times before 10 am which have a two-week booking window. Speak to a member of the Golf Team on 01243 755168.
Golf At Goodwood
The Park Course was designed by the renowned golf architect and player, Donald Steel. It winds effortlessly around the beautiful 18th Century parkland surrounding Goodwood House. The course boasts some of Britain's finest three-hundred-year-old Cedar trees. It may seem less of a challenge, but its tricky switchbacks and devilish bunkers are enough to keep any golfer on their toes. Bookings can be made four weeks in advance with the exception of tee times before 10 am which have a two-week booking window. Speak to a member of the Golf Team on 01243 755168.
The Club has a full package of sailing courses for both members and non-members for all ages. As an RYA Recognised Training Centre, the Club offers a range of Dinghy and Powerboat training courses as well as in-house youth and adult coaching for all levels. In particular, for those new to sailing the Club offers a Start to Sail package including instruction and use of the Club’s range of dinghies. Go to the website for more information http://cyc.co.uk/
Chichester Yacht Club Ltd
The Club has a full package of sailing courses for both members and non-members for all ages. As an RYA Recognised Training Centre, the Club offers a range of Dinghy and Powerboat training courses as well as in-house youth and adult coaching for all levels. In particular, for those new to sailing the Club offers a Start to Sail package including instruction and use of the Club’s range of dinghies. Go to the website for more information http://cyc.co.uk/
At Hollycombe history really comes to life. Soak in the atmosphere of the fully working Edwardian-era steam fairground, ride the steam railways, or discover rare plants and trees whilst wandering through the woodland gardens.
6 locals recommend
Hollycombe Steam in the Country
6 locals recommend
At Hollycombe history really comes to life. Soak in the atmosphere of the fully working Edwardian-era steam fairground, ride the steam railways, or discover rare plants and trees whilst wandering through the woodland gardens.
The Lurgashall Winery is nestled in a 38-acre estate beneath Blackdown Hill, the highest point in West Sussex. Located in a complex of 17th and 19th century farm buildings here you can relax in the tea rooms or enjoy a complimentary wine tasting (for groups of under 6 people). Call 01428 707292 to find out more.
Blackdown Distillery
The Lurgashall Winery is nestled in a 38-acre estate beneath Blackdown Hill, the highest point in West Sussex. Located in a complex of 17th and 19th century farm buildings here you can relax in the tea rooms or enjoy a complimentary wine tasting (for groups of under 6 people). Call 01428 707292 to find out more.
The motorcircuit has events throughout the year, with a regular breakfast club for motor sports enthusiasts. The most famous event being the annual summer Festival of Speed. An intoxicating mix of cars, stars and motorsport royalty who come together over four superb days to take part in the largest event of its kind, with the planet’s rarest and most glamorous cars.
126 locals recommend
Goodwood Motor Circuit
126 locals recommend
The motorcircuit has events throughout the year, with a regular breakfast club for motor sports enthusiasts. The most famous event being the annual summer Festival of Speed. An intoxicating mix of cars, stars and motorsport royalty who come together over four superb days to take part in the largest event of its kind, with the planet’s rarest and most glamorous cars.
Goodwood Racecourse has entertainments, music and racing fixtures scheduled from May to October. Check the website for a list of events https://www.goodwood.com/sports/horseracing/fixtures-events/
128 locals recommend
Goodwood Racecourse
128 locals recommend
Goodwood Racecourse has entertainments, music and racing fixtures scheduled from May to October. Check the website for a list of events https://www.goodwood.com/sports/horseracing/fixtures-events/

Sightseeing

One of the longest inhabited country houses in England. Many of the original features such as the crenellated Norman keep, gatehouse and barbican and the lower part of Bevis Tower survive. Between the 1870s and 1890s the house was almost completely rebuilt and the magnificent architecture in Gothic style is considered to be one of the great works of Victorian England. Enjoy the grandeur of the finely preserved interior with its fascinating furniture, tapestries and rare collection of paintings by renowned artists including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto. Stroll through the tranquil grounds where you will discover different themed gardens.
30 locals recommend
Arundel Castle
30 locals recommend
One of the longest inhabited country houses in England. Many of the original features such as the crenellated Norman keep, gatehouse and barbican and the lower part of Bevis Tower survive. Between the 1870s and 1890s the house was almost completely rebuilt and the magnificent architecture in Gothic style is considered to be one of the great works of Victorian England. Enjoy the grandeur of the finely preserved interior with its fascinating furniture, tapestries and rare collection of paintings by renowned artists including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto. Stroll through the tranquil grounds where you will discover different themed gardens.
A stately mansion nestled in the South Downs housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust. Petworth has a rich and varied history waiting to be discovered. Stroll through state rooms saturated with internationally important paintings by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Titian and Blake together with classical and neo-classical sculptures. The servants’ quarters by contrast offer a glimpse of life ‘below stairs’. The beautiful park was transformed in the 1750s and early 1760s by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
57 locals recommend
Petworth House and Park
57 locals recommend
A stately mansion nestled in the South Downs housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust. Petworth has a rich and varied history waiting to be discovered. Stroll through state rooms saturated with internationally important paintings by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Titian and Blake together with classical and neo-classical sculptures. The servants’ quarters by contrast offer a glimpse of life ‘below stairs’. The beautiful park was transformed in the 1750s and early 1760s by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
Winchester is home to a world-famous Cathedral, with the longest medieval nave in Europe, and containing numerous ancient monarchs of Wessex and Winchester. Behind the cathedral, you will find the cobbled streets of Winchester College - one of the oldest continuously-running schools in the country founded by Bishop William of Wykeham. Discover a timeless legend and a striking site in one of the finest surviving medieval halls - the legendary King Arthur's Round Table. Stroll along the water meadows, or just spend a day learning about Winchester's role in English history by exploring the galleries at Winchester City Museum.
120 locals recommend
Winchester
120 locals recommend
Winchester is home to a world-famous Cathedral, with the longest medieval nave in Europe, and containing numerous ancient monarchs of Wessex and Winchester. Behind the cathedral, you will find the cobbled streets of Winchester College - one of the oldest continuously-running schools in the country founded by Bishop William of Wykeham. Discover a timeless legend and a striking site in one of the finest surviving medieval halls - the legendary King Arthur's Round Table. Stroll along the water meadows, or just spend a day learning about Winchester's role in English history by exploring the galleries at Winchester City Museum.
Beautiful mediecal church of St Peters with great views
Linchmere
Beautiful mediecal church of St Peters with great views