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About Midhurst

Midhurst is an attractive, prosperous market town at the western end of the Sussex Weald and the perfect choice if you’re looking for a country escape out of London. It offers an elegant base for exploring the South Downs, or if you’re an appreciator of architectural heritage - Midhurst has an impressive 94 listed buildings, including Tudor, Georgian and Victorian builds, and almost every house around the Market Square dates from the early 16th century. Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Midhurst all make for a great weekend away amongst the charms of West Sussex, or the perfect place to stay after watching the motor racing or flat racing at nearby Goodwood, or an afternoon’s polo at Cowdray Park.

What Not to Miss

  • The South Downs. If the beauty of this region is not the sole region for choosing Midhurst as a destination then you should not miss your chance to explore the surprise beauty around you!
  • Midhurst itself has the ruins of a Norman Castle, located at St. Anne’s Hill. The parish church of St. Mary Magdelen and the fish pond also date from this early period - circa 1120.
  • On the local Cowdray estate, just across he River Rother in Easebourne, are the lovely ruins of the Tudor main house, peaceful walled gardens, the potential for golf, fishing or clay pigeon shooting, and of course the polo.
  • You’re also close to the RSPB Nature Reserve at Pulborough Brooks and the Arundel Wetland Centre.
  • Midhurst is close to the historic town of Arundel, which has an impressive cathedral and rather lovely castle.
  • And if you fancy further castle visits you have a choice of Amberly Castle and Farnham Castle.
  • Midhurst is also a short drive from Chichester, with its beautiful cathedral, Petworth House and the Roman villas at Fishbourne and Bignor.

If you're planning a visit for the Polo or for the popular racing at Goodwood, be sure to book well ahead - the best places to stay in Midhurst will be extremely busy!

    For a Country House Escape

    • The Park House Hotel is a traditional, 21 room hotel in the heart of the South Downs, with tennis courts, a spa and both indoor and outdoor pools. The bar is decorated with photographs of previous celebrity guests, and great polo players, as well as the former matriarch of the hotel who liked to keep such a close eye on things that she slept next to the kitchen.

    For Foodies

    • Built in 1430, the Spread Eagle has a historic feel, with traditional decor, including heavy fabrics, four poster beds and open fireplaces. But what makes it one of the best hotels in Midhurst for foodies is the totally modern menu of British classics. And there’s also a throughly modern spa.
    • If you’re looking for a small, historic charmer, then the Royal Oak is ideal. It's an attractive, 200 year old inn with five small, but nicely decorated rooms, a cosy pub/bar and good, hearty fare.
    • The Angel is a Georgian coaching inn in the centre of town, the 13 rooms drip with history and there’s an inventive menu and private dining.
    • The White Horse in Chilgrove is a charmingly cosy restaurant with rooms with an AA five star silver rating and 15 contemporary B&B rooms. Expect copper roll top baths and kingsized four-poster beds. Great for walkers, families or couples.

    For Walkers

    • If you want to visit Midhurst to walk the South Downs, then book The Halfway Bridge, a 17th Century coaching inn with walking routes right out of the hotel gates. The six modern rooms are in the converted stables and there’s a small garden and a popular restaurant.
    • Willow Barns is a collection of loving converted barns and outbuildings now offering six B&B bedrooms. The owners also own the pub next door. There are beautiful views and a pale, pretty country palette with wrought iron beds and roll top baths.

    Best B&Bs

    • The White Horse in Chilgrove is a charmingly cosy restaurant with rooms with an AA five star silver rating and 15 contemporary B&B rooms. Expect copper roll top baths and kingsized four-poster beds. Great for walkers, families or couples.
    • Willow Barns is a collection of loving converted barns and outbuildings now offering six B&B bedrooms. The owners also own the pub next door. There are beautiful views and a pale, pretty country palette with wrought iron beds and roll top baths.

    For Great Value

    • A little outside Midhurst in Tillington, on the outskirts of the 700acre Petworth House, The Horse Guards Inn is a homely inn with friendly staff, delicious food, a cosy atmosphere and three rooms. Rooms start from around £85 per night.
    • A few miles outside Haslemere, The Barn at Roundhurst is another excellent value property, this time with six rooms - all with exploded beams, white walls and chic furnishings. Rooms start from around £100 per night.

    For an self-catering house or cottage

    • If you’d prefer to stay in a private property we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

    Travel Information

    • Midhurst is about an hours drive from Heathrow Airport, or you can catch the train from Waterloo to Haslemere and catch the bus on from there. It is possible to catch the bus all the way from Heathrow Airport, but it takes about four hours.
    • If you want to hire a car - which we strongly advise if you’re staying in Midhurst - we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
    • Spring and summer are generally the best times to visit Midhurst and the South Downs, but it really depends on why you’re visiting and what you want to see and do. Midhurst’s charms remain in all seasons.

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    Best Hotels in Midhurst

    • Park House Hotel 21 rooms from £160

      Midhurst, West Sussex

      A timeless family hotel, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Classically styled rooms brim with old school elegance and comfort. The popular restaurant serves locally sourced wholesome cuisine. A unique spot, complete with grass tennis courts, golf course, two pools and spa.

      Country Escape  -  The hotel grounds boasts a croquet lawn, golf course, grass tennis courts and the surrounding hills beckoning for country walks.
      Total relaxation  -  With spa treatments, indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and steam room plus a terraced bar for whiling away the afternoon.
      Sights nearby  -  Roman villas at Fishbourne and Bignor, plus Chichester Cathedral and plenty of stately homes close at hand.
      Great walks  -  The hotel provides wellies for exploring the South Downs rolling into the distance.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
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    • Spread Eagle Hotel And Spa 39 rooms from £190

      Midhurst, West Sussex

      Handsome characterful medieval inn with four-poster beds, gourmet restaurant and contemporary spa in the pretty Sussex market town of Midhurst. History lovers and romantics will enjoy a weekend visit or mini break.

      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
      Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
      Full of character
      Traditional
      Recommended by  -  Frommers, Johansens
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    • The Angel, West Sussex 15 rooms from £129

      Midhurst, West Sussex

      Venerable Georgian coaching inn at the centre of lovely Midhurst. Recently refurbished white washed rooms with exposed beams and antique furniture. Some have spectacular views. Inventive cooking, private dining and lively bar. Dripping with history and well placed to explore the local area.

      Hideaway  -  A charming retreat, within easy reach of the South Downs, boasting beautiful antique furnishings and excellent cuisine.
      Sights nearby  -  Explore the nearby sights of Petworth House, Arundel Castle and Chichester.
      Great walks  -  Explore the miles of walking trials on the stunning South Downs.
      Traditional
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