The Old Store

In a pretty village in the South Downs national park, ‘thoughtful’ hosts Heather and Patrick Birchenough greet B&B guests with tea and ‘a firm handshake’. More

Contact details

The Old Store
Stane Street
Halnaker
Sussex
PO18 0QL
England
01243 531977
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

7. 1 on ground floor.

Open

Mar–Dec.

Facilities

lounge, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, ¼-acre garden with seating.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per person B&B £40-£60 (higher for Goodwood ‘Festival of Speed’ and ‘Revival’ meetings). 1-night bookings refused weekends, sometimes other nights in high season.

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a pretty village in the South Downs national park, ‘thoughtful’ hosts Heather and Patrick Birchenough greet B&B guests with tea and ‘a firm handshake’. Guide inspectors in 2016 arrived to ‘the pleasant smell of baking – and the delicious result: individual chocolate cakes and lovely slices of fruit-and-nut bread’. ‘It might be a modest operation, but the things that really matter are there: an excellent bed, a wonderful shower, a great breakfast, efficient, accommodating hosts.’ The small lounge is ‘clean and dutifully maintained’; a ‘well-stocked’ bookshelf invites browsing. Homely bedrooms have a ‘nicely equipped’ hospitality tray and ‘a bible of local information’. ‘Our room was snug, but comfortable enough: a gorgeous bed, decent storage, soft bedside lighting, a good selection of tea (but instant coffee); locally made smellies in the well-equipped bathroom. Poor Wi-Fi, though.’ In the morning, a ‘nice’ buffet in the ‘bright’ breakfast room includes ‘tasty’ fresh-pressed apple juice and ‘possibly the nicest muesli in England’. ‘I’d asked for a vegan breakfast, and Heather whipped up delightful cranberry and hazelnut risotto cakes – full of flavour and very filling.’

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The Old Store
Stane Street
Halnaker
Sussex
PO18 0QL

Guest comments

'Thie 6th time we have stayed; standards remain the highest. We were welcomed with a cup of tea and Heather's home-made cake. 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. Good value for money. ' - Mary Woods - September, 2012
'Nine of us stayed so we could do some walking. We were welcomed with tea and cake 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). Triple glazing made sure traffic noise did not disturb me. The breakfast was excellent. ' - Dr Heather Parry - April, 2011

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Tourist attractions

  • Goodwood

    Horse racing, golf and a variety of festivals throughout the year.

  • Fishbourne Roman Palace

    One of the largest collection of in-situ Roman mosaics in Britain.

  • Arundel Castle

    Built at the end of the 11th century and situated in magnificent grounds, overlooking the River Arun.