The Old Railway Station

Petworth, Sussex

Some grown men play with train sets. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Some grown men play with train sets. Gudmund Olafsson went further in 2005, when he bought one of Britain’s most beautiful railway stations, renovating the property and the four Edwardian Pullman carriages on its disused line. The first-class B&B that Mr Olafsson ran here with Catherine Stormont has new owners, Jennie Hudson and Blair Humphry, and we trust everything is still on track. Two bedrooms occupy the original timber station building, opened in 1892 mainly to whisk the Prince of Wales to Goodwood. The lower colonial-style room has rattan chairs, slatted shutters, grey and white hues. The upper one, reached via a spiral staircase, is under the eaves, with a modern shower room. There are eight rooms in the carriages, ‘charming, quirky spaces’ with original mahogany fittings, period furniture, a ‘surprisingly spacious’ bathroom. The waiting room houses a cosy lounge and breakfast room, the walls adorned with brass lamps, black-and-white photographs, railway mementos. Afternoon teas are served here and under parasols on the platform. For dinner, cross the River Rother to a country inn, or take the short drive to The Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth (see entry). Reports, please.

Hotel details


Station Road
GU28 0JF


01798 342346


10. 8 in Pullman carriages. 1 room suitable for guests with slightly restricted mobility.


all year except 23–26 Dec.


lounge/bar/breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), platform/terrace, 2-acre garden, public areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

‘soft ’20s, ’30s, ’40s music’ at breakfast.


not under 10.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


per room B&B double house £130–£170 (single-night premium rate Fri, Sat £204), Pullman £150–£210 (single-night premium rate Fri, Sat £228–£252), reduced rates for single occupancy ‘sometimes offered’.

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