Gayfere Cottage

Birdham, Sussex
+44 (0)7816 281016

Light and comfortable holiday house and garden, not quite at the coast but in walking distance of a lake and an easy cycle to the beach


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Big windows let the light, and any sunshine, flood into this warm and comfy house. You’re on a quiet road near other houses but the garden wraps around the house completely so you’ll feel private. Let young children and dogs potter in and out with the door open; the garden is secure and big enough for Grandmother’s footsteps, rounders, a big barbecue in the evening.

Older children and teenagers will be off, Swallows and Amazon style, down the quiet lane to the Marina and its watery fun. You can kayak or paddle board here, or hire bikes and join the Salterns Way for the wonderful white sand beach at West Wittering.

This is a much-loved holiday home and has been for generations, so you’ll find books, antiques and original art on the walls, basics in the cupboards and all you need for a cup of tea and biscuits when you arrive. The sitting room is big enough for everybody if the weather turns grim and there’s a wood-burning stove to keep you toasty.

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We think you'll love

  • The safe, enclosed garden
  • Watching the boats at the Marina or Chichester harbour
  • Making up a picnic and cycling to West Wittering for the day
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You should know

  • The beaches (and roads) get very busy in the school summer holidays
  • It's not a bright lights sort of place


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 2 nights in low season. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £128
Weekly price
from £900
Damage deposit
Dogs £50 per stay.
1 Cottage for 6
From £1284 beds3 bedrooms


A great spot for a family holiday, whatever the weather. If good you'll be in the huge safe garden, or down the lane to the marina, or cycling or walking. If not you can light the wood-burner and hunker down with books and maps to plan your next outing. Plenty of good places to eat nearby but the kitchen is big and friendly so cooking shouldn't be too much of a chore.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The Pool by the Marina is one of the last working tidal mill pools in Sussex and just a five-minute stroll down a very quiet lane. From here you can cycle 20 minutes to Chichester for restaurants, theatre and art, or join the cycle path for beaches. Drive ten minutes to Pagham for a Michelin-starred dinner at the Crab & Lobster or five minutes for perfect fish and chips from Billy's on the Beach at Bracklesham Bay. You can get the ferry to Bosham Hoe from Itchenor, a five-minute drive; at Bosham visit the ancient church and then The Anchor Bleu pub for a great Sunday lunch. You're only 25 minutes from Plymouth and Arundel.

Local points of interest from Amanda Pugh

  • West Wittering beach, only a 5 min drive or 45 min cycle, is blessed with soft white sand and rolling dunes. Perfect for picnics, beach cricket, swimming, surfing, windsurfing and much more. Plenty of parking and a cafe with fish & chips and ice cream.
  • Walk or cycle the Salterns Way. Its just moments from the cottage and leads all the way to Wittering in one direction and Chichester in the other. Stop off in Itchenor en route and catch the ferry to Bosham Hoe and enjoy pub lunch or picnic on the way.
  • Try some old fashioned fun and go crabbing at Dell Quay or Bosham. Just take a line of string, some bacon and lots of patience. Enjoy lunch at the Crown & Anchor in Dell Quay or explore the harbour village of Bosham and nearby Fishbourne Roman Palace.
  • Chichester is just 10 mins away with its beautiful Cathedral and if you enjoy theatre, there's Chichester Festival Hall. Goodwood is also just a 15 -20 mins drive, well known for its motorsports and horse racing events plus spectacular house and gardens.
  • Portsmouth is a 20 minute drive and is perfect for some retail therapy at Gunwharf Quays. For some British Naval history visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Marvel at the Mary Rose and step aboard Nelson's HMS Victory to relive the Battle of Trafalgar.
  • Further afield there are National Trust houses at Uppark and Petworth, the amazing Weald & Downland Museum in Singleton and the cathedral and castle in Arundel. Great restaurants and pubs are in abundance. Local faves are Billys on the Beach and The Lamb


Amanda Pugh

Gayfere Cottage and The Courtyard have been in the same family for generations and they still use them for their own holidays as often as they can. You let yourselves in with a key safe system and Amanda is your point of contact during the stay.