The Old Store

Chichester, Sussex

There are treats in store for guests behind the chequerboard facade of this B&B, in a ‘pretty’ South Downs village close to Chichester. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There are treats in store for guests behind the chequerboard facade of this B&B, in a pretty South Downs village close to Chichester. Patrick and Heather Birchenough, the ‘accommodating, very thoughtful’ hosts, welcome new arrivals with tea and ‘delicious’ cakes (‘the whole downstairs smelled pleasantly of baking’). The sitting room is snug: a sofa and armchair, a ‘massive model train in a display case’. One bedroom is on the ground floor; the others are reached by ‘quite narrow’ stairs. Some have beams; one looks across farmland to Chichester. The look is perhaps a little dated – here a wicker sofa, there a padded headboard. However, a ‘gorgeous’ bed, a ‘wonderful walk-in shower’, toiletries from ‘a local soap maker’, fresh milk and a ‘nicely equipped hospitality tray’ are ‘the things that really matter’ (shame about the instant coffee). Breakfast is served in ‘a sun-filled room’ with old milk bottles on a beam recalling the building’s past as a village grocer’s. shop. The buffet offers fresh fruit salad, ‘really tasty fresh-pressed apple juice’, home-made bread and preserves, smoked salmon, pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. The muesli is ‘possibly the nicest in England’.

Hotel details

Address

Stane Street
Halnaker
Chichester
Sussex
PO18 0QL
England

Telephone

01243 531977

Bedrooms

7. 1 on ground floor with step between bathroom and bedroom.

Open

Mar–Dec.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £63–£120, double £85–£125, family from £115 (higher for Goodwood ‘Festival of Speed’ and ‘Revival’ meetings). 1-night bookings refused weekends, sometimes other nights in high season.