The SpaceThe Cottage which accommodates 6 comfortably in 2 double and 1 twin room also has 2 bunks for occasional use so it actually sleeps 8 perfectly comfortably. The outdoor space is sensational in that it has a large covered eating area with an outside fire place and BBQ. You can even out here with a roaring fire in the winter!
We have an astro turf tennis court which we are very happy for guests to use. However we request that guests book the court before using so that we can plan our own games too! We also have a heated outdoor pool which is available to guests very occasionally depending on what our family are doing during the time of your stay with us. We are occasional happy for guests to use it during the week but seldom at weekends. Please enquire for further information and access etc. Guest AccessThere is a big trampoline next to the cottage which guests' children are welcome to use. There are fantastic local walks with a couple of excellent pubs at the end of your hike! It is also a great area for cycling - the lanes are small and you can easily avoid main roads. Interaction with GuestsWe leave you in peace to enjoy you holiday though we are always available if you need help of course! The main house has a beautiful garden which I will be very happy to show you round if you would like. The NeighborhoodThe cottage is in a very rural valley in the South Downs National Park. The hamlet of Priors Dean has only has six houses, a Norman church and lots of fields and rolling hills. Despite sounding remote, we are in walking distance from two of the nicest country pubs you could possibly find (both serve great food). We are equidistant from Petersfield and Alton, but we tend to only go to the former (it's an hour on the train to London). Then we are 40 minutes from Chichester and the seaside. The beautiful historic city of Winchester is also half an hour away. Getting AroundWe are 4 miles from Petersfield which is a charming market town with Tescos, Waitrose, Lidl and M&S for groceries. (We are always happy to accept a delivery for you prior to your arrival so your fridge is full when you get to the cottage).
Walks from Church Farm, Priors Dean
To the “Pub with no name” (20/30 mins walk)
Famous Hampshire pub, with good food. (It’s full name is The White Horse, but as the pub is almost in the middle of a field, and there’s no sign outside, it’s known by everyone as “the pub with no name”)
Turn right out of the drive and right at the immediate grass triangle. Go up the hill and at the top go down the other side. The road climbs up again (you pass a turning to the left) and 1/4 mile after that you come to a T junction where you turn left.
After 150 yards, you come to a tarmac drive on the left, go down there and voila, there’s the pub.
To the Hawkley Inn (40 mins walk)
Another good pub with good food
Turn right out of the drive and immediately left at the grass triangle. Go past the phone box. Go straight, past the church (on right) and two large houses (on left). After ¼ mile you come to a steep hill down where you should stop for a moment as you have two options:
“Easy/road”, you follow the quiet road down and keep on it all the way for a mile as its slowly climbs up into the village of Hawkley. At the grass triangle turn right, and continue for 150 yards and you will see the Hawkley Inn on your left.
“Country track”, this route takes you through the woods on a well-worn track. It starts on the left right at the top of that hill, and you just follow the track for about a mile through the woods, until you start to see the village of Hawkley which will be at about (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) to your right. Head down the track where it can take you towards Hawkley, and you will pass some houses, and come to a small T junction. Turn left into the village. At the grass triangle turn right, and continue for 150 yards and you will see the Hawkley Inn on your left.
This is the most famous walk in this part of Hampshire. It’s glorious. I’ve detailed the description below from the website, and it’s best you look at the maps there to work out ambitious to you want to be
The Hangers Way is a 21-mile long-distance walking route
The route begins at Alton Railway Station, out into the lush Hampshire countryside, along a series of steep-sided wooded hills, known as “The Hangers”, through the pretty market town of Petersfield to finish at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
The Way has been divided into eight sections, each providing a really good day out. Choose between quiet villages or bustling market towns, meadow picnics or cosy pubs, steep hills with exhilarating views or cool, peaceful woodland. The route passes through the famous village of Selborne, once home to Gilbert White, the 18th century naturalist and author of “The Natural History of Selborne”.
The Hangers are probably the richest woodlands on English chalk. Here the chalk that covers the central and northern parts of Hampshire abruptly ends in a scarp slope giving way to farmland.
This is a charming village that’s about three miles from Church Farm, and is famous for being the home of Gilbert White, the famous naturalist and author of the book “The Natural History of Selborne” (according to White's biographer, Richard it’s the fourth-most published book in the English language after the Bible, the works of Shakespeare, and John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress).
There are a number of walks around Selborne, and some can be found at
There are also lots of other charming shops. You need a car as, though we are 4 miles from town, we are very rural and quite remote. Other Things to NoteWe have a minimum stay of 2 nights. Check in at 4pm and check out by 12 unless by prior agreement. For weekend bookings where we have no booking on the Sunday, you are most welcome to stay til late if you would like! Please enquire prior to your stay.
We have a fabulous heated swimming pool - it is available for guests to use from 9am to 12.30pm (sometimes longer by prior arrangement) on weekdays only but NOT at weekends unless it has been agreed with the owners.