I say a hidden gem, because it doesn’t matter on the time of year that you visit, Lavender Cottage provides a homely and relaxing feel. A very short walk to the beach, it’s just perfect.
The Parsons Table in Arundel comes highly recommended, particularly if you’re looking for somewhere a little special to dine out, superb cuisine! Or, the OysterCatcher and LobsterPot, both very good too.
Thank you Simon, Nicki and family for making your beach cottage available for others to enjoy and make lovely memories. x
Lovely location, very safe, brilliant for getting to beach ... has everything you need. Throughly enjoyed stay
Let's get the negatives out of the way first.
Linen isn't included in the price, which means you either have to take it all with you, or pay extra. We chose the latter, as linen and towels for 8 for a fortnight would have required virtually taking an extra vehicle, and who wants to be making up beds? The service provided by a contracted business was excellent, but personally I'd prefer that cost to be included in the initially price.
A second negative was the number of toilet rolls provided. On arrival there was one and a bit, which seems a bit lacking. I'm guessing that was perhaps a simple oversight, and not the usual state. Certainly something we've never encountered in over 25 years of cottage holidays.
Thirdly, we did of course know that electricity was extra, and charged using a slot meter. We made sure we took a plentiful supply of £1 and £2 coins. We hadn't anticipated the warning that the meter was sensitive to forged £1 coins and could jam if a forgery was inserted, so we had a bit of fun inspecting every coin after careful reference to the internet. I don't know how it would react to the new coins, but I'd advise you to be on the safe side and take a copious supply of £2 coins.
Fourthly - there is no fourthly.
The tandem parking is a minor - very minor - inconvenience. It says 2 cars. We had an Astra and a C-Max on the drive most of the time, but by getting them as close together as possible there was room for a third car on the two days we had visitors.
EVERYTHING ELSE IS POSITIVE!
First, Lavender Cottage is spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Six adults and two children didn't feel overcrowded and, very important, when the dishwasher was full there was still enough cutlery and crockery for another meal or drink.
The games room is a great facility and the the table football proved an irresistible draw, as did the large lego.
The garden is spacious and well enclosed for the dog we took with us. When we had visitors the garden was ideal for 10 of us to have a barbecue.
Situation wise, for a quiet family seaside holiday, Lavender Cottage is ideal. It's situated on a private estate and in effect the beach is private.The walk to the beach is a very short one - a couple of minutes. As the weather was excellent we spent most days there. A pleasant walk westward brings one to a decent café on the sea front on the outskirts of Bognor.
If adventure parks are your thing then Butlins in Bognor is there, and very much enjoyed by the grandchildren. Short car journeys away are Amberley Museum and Petworth, which the grandchildren both enjoyed, and both more to the liking of less active family members!
Middleton is a pleasant little village with small shops, restaurants and pubs. We had nice meals at the Elmer Tandoori and The Beresford. Good fish and chips to be had from Ye Olde Fishe and Chippe Shoppe, and meat and pies from the butchers next door.
All in all, an excellent holiday.
The cottage itself is the perfect size for a family holiday, and comes with all of the items you'd expect to have in your own home. The road is quiet and safe, and you are quite literally on the seafront, that is quiet and has a private feeling about it. I have stayed at the cottage 3 times now, and I now feel like it's my home away from home. I have already booked my next visit!
Lavender Cottage was an excellent venue for our family Christmas break. Super spacious, well appointed accommodation, well equipped kitchen, with plenty of dishes/crockery etc which is always at a premium at Christmas. Lovely comfortable beds, and pleased we booked the extra linen service as well. The wifi is also excellent - so important! :) All easy to keep clean and tidy, and simple to work the underfloor heating. Lovely easy walking from the door to the beach. Slight initial misgivings about a coin meter were all dispelled as it was fine - and for future ref we spent about £85 during the week which considering it was frosty some days and we kept ourselves warm was good. So all good, and definitely on our list for a future booking either summer or winter. Thank you Nicki for all your help.