The Old Store

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‘Standards remain the highest’ at Patrick and Heather Birchenough’s B&B on the edge of the South Downs. Once home of the village bakery and shop, the Grade II listed 17th-century brick-and-flint house now has seven ‘immaculate’, recently redecorated bedrooms each with an en suite shower room. Arriving guests are greeted with tea and a slice of the hostess’s home-made cake – ‘such a delight after a long journey’. Room 5 is a king-size double, with space for a cot; Room 6 has twin beds, beamed ceiling, views over the fields to Chichester Cathedral. Breakfast is taken in the old shop floor, still lined with the original delicatessen shelves. There are home-made preserves, oven-fresh bread and ‘delicious’ hot dishes cooked to order: pancakes with bacon, smoked salmon and scrambled egg, a full English. Guests are welcome to take their morning cuppa into the semi-circular garden peppered with benches and framed with herbaceous borders and with a kitchen garden at the bottom end. There are restaurants in nearby Chichester for evening meals; the Anglesey Arms is within walking distance (‘take a torch for the journey back!’).
  • This is the 6th time we have stayed, and standards remain the highest. We were welcomed with a cup of tea and Heather's home-made cake in the lounge. Our room had been redecorated this year to match the upgraded bathroom. Everything was modern, fresh and tasteful. The beds are very comfortable and despite being right next to a main road, triple-glazing ensures a good night's sleep. At breakfast there are Heather's home-made preserves, her own bread, and a delicious selection of hot food cooked to order. Every item on the menu tastes good and is local too. Many larger establishments could learn from the way Heather and Patrick's guests are treated. It is extremely good value for money and in an excellent position for exploring the surrounding country.

    Mary Woods, 26/09/2012

  • Nine of us stayed so we could do some walking. We were welcomed with tea and cake in the garden, and shown to our immaculate bedrooms. My single had everything a double would have, including a view (nice to have milk in a thermos flask). It overlooked the main road but triple glazing made sure traffic noise did not disturb me. The breakfast was excellent. We celebrated two sixtieth birthdays while we were there, and the Birchenoughs provided glasses, plates, and 'fridge space' for champagne and cake. They were always available if we wanted anything. One evening we ate at the Field and Fork at the Pallant Gallery in Chichester. If you go to eat at the Anglesey Arms take a torch for the journey back.

    Dr Heather Parry, 20/05/2011

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Local attractions

Arundel Castle
Built at the end of the 11th century and situated in magnificent grounds, overlooking the River Arun.
Fishbourne Roman Palace
One of the largest collection of in-situ Roman mosaics in Britain.
Goodwood
Horse racing, golf and a variety of festivals throughout the year.

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Contact Details

The Old Store

Stane Street HALNAKER Sussex England PO18 0QL

Telephone

01243 531977

Further Information

Bedrooms

7. 1 on ground floor.

Open

Mar–Dec.

Facilities

lounge, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, ¼-acre garden with seating, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2015] per person B&B £35–£50 (higher for Goodwood 'Festival of Speed' and 'Revival' meetings). 1-night bookings refused weekends in high season.