The Artisan Bakehouse

Ashurst, Sussex
+44 (0)1903 810410
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2 cottages (groups take both) and a Shepherd's Hut, a hop from the South Downs. Find bread-making courses, a pop-up cafe & lovely gardens too


2 places


Each sleep 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Mature trees grace a winding drive then, through the gate, is a 16th-century farmhouse split into two cottages and the owners’ home. Why not try your hand at the range of artisan bread making or chocolate making in The Bakehouse? Among the tutors is international baker and author Emmanuel Hadjiandreou. They host pop-up supper clubs and seasonal events too. Owners Les and Louise, passionate foodies, are always around to greet and you’ll find eggs from their hens and freshly baked bread waiting for you. Both cottages are light and neat with vases of fresh flowers. Brewhouse has a much larger kitchen – complete with Aga. If you take both cottages (there’s an adjoining door) a large dining area in Milkhouse can seat eight easily – and there’s a sweet Shepherd’s Hut for 2 in the garden. Upstairs to view-filled bedrooms, one has an immaculate shower room accessed through the main bedroom and there’s a downstairs loo. There are botanical soaps, towels are thick and fluffy, white cotton is crisp on good mattresses. There are five acres of garden and woodland to roam and a heated swimming pool to jump in (May – October) but do head out – the South Downs are close.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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
The Brewhouse sleeps 4; The Milkhouse sleeps 2 adults & 2 children.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £118
Weekly price
from £855
Damage deposit
Short breaks available, £425-£625.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1252 beds2 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 4
From £1182 beds2 bedrooms



Oh my goodness what an incredible couple of days spent in the Bakers Hut for our minimoon. The Artisan Bakehouse is a very special place for a relaxing getaway. Les and Louise are truly lovely people who go above and beyond to make you feel welcomed and looked after. We are going back next march to have our belated wedding reception and can't wait. Highly highly recommended....amazing place.

Debrorah, Goring by Sea

We had such a lovely, relaxing stay in the Bakers Hut. Louise and Les made us feel so welcome and at home providing delicious home made bread each day, homemade jam, fresh eggs and cookies. We just chilled, swam in the heated pool, sat outside with The fire pit burning, went foraging for blackberries, damsons and apples which we stewed and had with ice cream bought from local village Steyning. For a city couple this was all such a treat, fresh air and local produce. The Shepard hut is very well appointed and comfortable. We didn’t want to leave and will definitely will be back sometime.

Danielle, Ashurst

This was our second summer holiday at the Artisan Bakehouse and we are so glad we returned as we had another wonderful week there. The warm pool, cosy cottages and the friendly hospitality of Louise and Les drew us back. Such a beautiful setting and so close to lots of attractions and the South Downs. Our children love having the freedom to play in the gardens and were treated to chicken egg collecting (delicious eggs!). We have really fallen for the local landscape and the welcoming towns and villages :-)

Rebecca, London

What a delightful location, a real secret hideaway. The cottage was so pretty, cosy and comfortable. The welcome of fresh flowers, chocolate on our bed and fresh bread, cookies, homemade plum jam & local apple juice was real treat too! The heated pool was heaven and the garden and grounds just beautiful. Even with the current Covid restrictions, Les & Louise were welcoming and helpful and we left feeling rested and renewed! Just Perfect!

Patricia, Fareham

We have just returned from a wonderful week at the Artisan Bakehouse. We stayed in the Brewhouse which is a beautiful cottage surrounded by flowers pretty gardens and amazing wildlife. The heated swimming pool was a real highlight and we swam everyday, it was bliss. The kids also loved the swings, the trampoline and the chickens! Thank you to Louise and Les for making our stay so enjoyable and safe in the current climate. The cottage is very private but they were always there if we needed them (and the bread and buns were delicious!). We were so sad to leave and can't wait to return.

Rosie, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Les & Louise Nicholson

  • The ancient &historic village of Steyning just 5 mins away.It has a welcoming atmosphere & there are plenty of individual & eclectic shops, cafes & great tearooms. A bustling farmers market is also held first Sat of the month so you can enjoy local produce
  • Surrounded by miles of unspoilt countryside, on the edge of the South Downs national park, a haven for walkers, cyclists & nature lovers.
  • A choice of south coast beaches are within 10-40 mins drive. Choose from stretches of sand for lazy walks, the promenade at Brighton to run or stroll, pebbles to throw and the spectacular white cliffs at Seven Sisters national park are just breathtaking
  • We offer artisan bread making workshops on site where you can learn to make bread & cook it in our traditional wood oven. We also host other food demonstrations/events from time to time. Join in during your stay or just enjoy some freshly baked bread!
  • We also open our onsite tearoom 4 times a year 3 days a week & offer our homemade breads, tarts, salads, cakes & warm scones from our wood oven. All handmade with produce from our garden & local suppliers. We offer a 10% discount off the menu to residents
  • We have some wonderful therapists who can visit to provide massage treatments, reflexology, facials & other lovely pampering treatments to leave you feel relaxed & renewed. From time to time we host retreat days focusing on pilates, yoga, nutrition.