You won’t need to stand on ceremony here, Philippa and Bill are old hands at looking after guests in their lovely home just an hour from London. You breakfast in the dining room or out on the terrace on sunny days: sausages and bacon from the local butchers, eggs from ducks and chickens on the estate, homemade jams and marmalade, fresh fruit from the walled garden; apples, plums, pears and soft fruits in season.
Very traditional and comfortable bedrooms have fresh flowers and lovely views; bathrooms have proper baths. You’re welcome to wander the gardens: mature trees, herbaceous borders, smooth lawns and lovely old walls tumble out into open farmland and then the South Downs National Park for walks and cycling.
You can walk to the village one mile away and also to some good pubs. Petersfield is just 4.5 miles and has shops and restaurants, a lake, a physic garden, an open air swimming pool and places to hire bikes.