Myself, husband, daughter, her fiancé, son, daughter in law and grandson aged two and a half stayed here for half term. What a lovely time we had and despite the weather we did manage to get on the beach a couple of times which was a stone's throw away. My grandson had a whale of time splashing about in his wellies. We walked along the coast in the rain which was very bracing and saw loads of lovely dogs! The carvery at the Beresford in Middleton was fantastic as was the fish and chips from local chippy. There are a few lovely local shops and a newsagents. The Lobster Pot in Felpham was a favourite, fantastic food both for lunch and dinner. We did drive the short distance to it as didn't realise on our walk we were nearly there! The Fox was also good for food and plenty of local Tesco Express shops for self-catering. The kitchen was so well equipped, more than my own, but I did take my slow cooker which proved useful. Everyone loved the games room and football table it was a definite plus. Didn't use the lovely garden much but am sure it is great in the summer months. Plenty of places to visit, Aldingbourne Centre, lovely place, animals, playground, shop, gardens and fab café, Littlehampton funfair, Hotham park with train ride and another lovely café and Mewsbrook park again with a train ride.
The hot water and the underfloor heating werre a challenge but mastered them in the end. We used about £40 in the electric meter during the week but it was quite mild so were lucky. On refection we should have used the heating more as the downstairs bedroom did feel a little musty. We were a little scared of the meter for no reason really ! The towel rail and heater were sufficient to heat upstairs so no need to use the heaters in the rooms. Some heating in the downstairs bathroom would have been a bonus as the towels took ages to dry or maybe a washer dryer in the kitchen?
You have to take your own sheets and towels but not a problem and there were extra blankets if needed. The travel cot was a good size, bigger than the one we took, and the beds were very comfortable. Everyone left early so my husband and I did the cleaning but it was very easy. My husband left a plastic bag in the recycling bin !!!! so they didn't empty it but there is a large recycling centre on the way to Elmer not far away so we took it all there.
All in all it was a fantastic week at a reasonable price for the exclusive setting so close to the beach. Would love to come back at some point hopefully when the sun is shining.
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!