Old Manor House

Donnington, Sussex
+44 (0)7939 585943

Colours are harmonious, paintwork is perfect, and the rambling gardens are yours to share (tennis anyone?). Glorious Goodwood is close!


4 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Two miles from Chichester, in ten secluded acres away from the road, is an unexpected treat: a superbly proportioned 17th-century house, ex-National Trust, fronted by a large pond of waterlilies. Gail, once in antiques, charming and discreet, has recently renovated an outbuilding for guests (long, low, red-brick) on the other side of the walled garden. Enter… to discover a leather chesterfield to the left, a sofabed to the right, and a dining area with a large white table. Then, down an elegant wide corridor: the kitchen, neat and well-equipped; the bedrooms, each a delicious nest; and the bathroom, big and tasteful in white and grey. Dotted with antiques and interesting ‘objets’, it’s a very civilised friends’ retreat. Of the many outdoor spots in which to relax (including a double hammock next to the tennis court) is a piece of garden just for you, surrounded by tall trees and trimmed hedges, with a fish pond in the middle and a patio to the side. A little shop and a posh pub are a trot away, and you can be in Chichester (cathedral, restaurants, theatre) in a trice. 


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £128
Weekly price
from £700
Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per week.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1284 beds2 bedrooms


Thank you, Gail, for making this an unforgettable experience. You are a lovely host and (we) appreciate your hospitality and beautiful home

Ohara family

Thank you SO much for making our wedding celebrations even more amazing! This place is so beautiful and we will definitely tell everyone about this wonderful place. Lots of love The Bakers


What a peace haven it is, and beauty is an understatement. Everything is comfortable with personal warmth and ease. And the children experienced a newfound freedom in the amazing grounds! It was immaculately clean and well catered for, we loved our time here. The location just ticks all the boxes - beaches, good restaurants, great stuff for the children to keep occupied with, and the dogs. We would habe stayed weeks had we been able to! Well done Gail.


Beautiful cottage and grounds, made frequent use of tennis court, fantastic beach days at West Wittering, lovely walks in the South Downs, very good pub food, everything dog-friendly. We had a great stay, many thanks

Maren and dirk

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gail Gower

  • This is a very ancient site: the first house was recorded in 1066. At the end of a long private drive, with the Chichester Canal and a Norman Church on its borders, vistas stretching to the South Downs and sitting in well maintained gardens and parkland
  • Goodwood horse and car race tracks 10mins; Itchenor 10mins; West Wittering Beach, with it's endless sands and water sports, 15mins; South Downs (Kingley Vale and the Trundle) 10mins, Arundel 20mins. Excellent pubs a short walk, cycle or drive away
  • A wealth of sporting activities: sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, paddle-boarding, surfing, swimming, mountain biking, road biking, walking, riding, golf range, private astro-turf tennis court on site, endless walking.
  • Chichester dates to Roman times and before. The Georgian market town has endless sites of interest: Fishbourne Palace, the most important Roman Palace north of the Alps; 12th century cathedral; Pallant House Gallery; Festival Theatre; and the Novium.
  • Nearby: Arundel Castle and gardens; Weald and Down Museum; Kingley Vale and it's ancient forest of 2000-yr-old yews commemorating a Viking Battle, Iron Age Goose Hill Camp and Bronze Age Devils Humps; and Admiral Nelson's ship, Victory, in Portsmouth.
  • From your front door you can walk or bike along the Canal to the harbour or town. You share the site with varied insect and wildlife: kingfishers and other waterfowl; deer; orchids including the rare bee and the ponds are stocked with fish. Come join us.