Palmer’s is a New-build spacious family house with lots of light, a log burner and room for all. 5-6 bedrooms incl wheelchair facilities with bathroom for 13 guests, parking for 4 cars. Close to beaches, countryside and the City. London and other cities via a train / car ride away. Quiet village setting but with walking and cycling routes to hand. Masses of gorgeous places to visit locally.
Chichester Self catering is well known for its excellent service – and we aim to make your stay a success!


One of the highlights of this house is the degree of natural light which floods into the building. The South facing open-plan lounge with its own wood burner for cosy winter nights has reclining sofas and a double “love seat” for cosying up. It has plenty of dimmable lighting so you can change the ambience. Off this is a mini lounge / play area for the children with plenty of toys and a desk for drawing / making treasures on.


There is still availability for Christmas and New Year 2018/9.

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The double-sided kitchen is accessed via French doors from the lounge and leads onto the dining room, and (once it is finished) the large L-shaped conservatory leading onto the garden. The kitchen is a real centre of the home hub point! With double eye-level ovens, a 5 ring gas hob and plenty of storage and lots of crockery to suit all occasions – it is a beautiful space in which to create meals. Dishwasher and lots of pots, pans, crockery and glasses all to hand. Please note: silver cutlery is NOT to go in the dishwasher or any knives with “bone” handles. You will find the basics to hand eg salt / pepper & herbs, oils etc. There is a very large fridge / freezer.

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Tea and coffee is provided of course, but please LEAVE any other foodstuffs. Thank you. The dining table and chairs will seat 10 but with a bit of ingenuity will fit in more.


Situated in the village of Birdham, South of Chichester, in a private cul-de-sac, the house is deceptively spacious. The driveway can take 4 cars and there is more on-street parking. There is full wheelchair access to the ground floor and a downstairs single bedroom with its own disabled access bathroom. There is an extra downstairs WC and basin.


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Up the generously proportioned stairs to the long landing lit by two lightwells are the five double+ bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (one is en suite)! All but 2 of the bedrooms are partially “room-in-the-roof” but don’t feel at all cramped.  Choices of bedding options range from twin beds to doubles, kingsize, super kingsize and a “spare” kingsize sofa bed too! We also have one child’s travel cot and high chair available. All of the bedrooms have blackout curtains for a perfect nights sleep and new mattresses.  We have a bank of PV panels on the roof to generate electricity and these also heat some of the water, although it is topped up by the gas-fired boiler.

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The Principal bedroom has a shower and WC en-suite and plenty of room to move about in despite the chest of drawers, chairs and wardrobe. The large window overlooks the greenhouse and garden. Plenty of room in here for an extra bed or cot!

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There are three bedrooms on the South facing aspect of the house – with porthole windows and large Velux to let in the beautiful Sussex light.

At the head of the wide stairs is the yellow room – that can be a twin or super kingsize double, and benefits from an extra kingsize sofa bed for occasional use. With a small ante-room for storage for bags etc we have also made up a bed in here too in emergency!

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The red room is for lovers! White hearts hang from the Velux handles, the accessories are also appropriately romantic and there are reindeer pelts on the oak floors to warm your feet! (If anyone is allergic please let us know and we will remove these!)

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Next the twin room is best suited to children as there are no double bed options. There are two side chest of drawers and a hanging space. Sheepskin rugs protect the smalls from accidental bumps onto the floor in the night!

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The blue room is surprisingly large and looks towards the North and the main garden and pond. It has light from 3 aspects and the super kingsize bed is tucked into its own niche with reading lights etc.

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The family bathroom encourages the feeling of luxury and play all in one! A double-ender bath encourages bath sharing. Under the bath unit is storage for the water toys for children but on the top are candles and soaps for a luxurious and relaxing bath. The large walk in shower has heat sensitive LED’s in it so you need never unknowingly step into a stream of cold or cool water again – you can see what temperature the water will be!  There is an extra tall towel heater rail too and the large vanity unit has lots of mirrors for shaving etc.


Downstairs the single bedroom has double aspect windows and catches the morning sun. It has plenty of storage space and a good sized floor plan for easy access. Next to it the the accessible bathroom complete with double-ender bath, very large walk in shower (slight step) which had a shower seat, grab rails and LED temperature sensor shower and hand held shower. WC is disabled friendly with grab rails etc. and the large basin is too.

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The utility room has its own entrance from the porchway and has extra coat and boots storage, the washing machine and the extra large microwave lives here too! We often use this as the main door vs the front door as it has quicker access to the main living space than through the lounge..  You will find mops, brushes etc in the large walk-in cupboard. The floors are all vinyl downstairs in the house and are easy to sweep over or damp wash, as is the oak floor upstairs. There is a Dyson hoover as well.


Currently there is no access into the rear garden as this is not complete. The study / library / office room is also private. There is no access into the unfinished conservatory either. We had expected this to be complete by now but with the death of the family matriarch various things have had to be put on the pending list. Apologies for any inconvenience. Thank you.

This is a family house – it is packed with all the things you may need when you stay – plenty of kitchen-ware, books, childrens’ toys and of course there is free wifi etc. There is currently NO TV though – so you will have to TALK to each other or play games by the fire, or use your computer to stream TV via the TV screen.

The Manhood Peninsula – the land South of Chichester – has the villages of Donnington, Dell Quay, Hunston, Birdham, Sidlesham, Selsey town, Bracklesham Bay, East and West Wittering and Itchenor on it, plus lots of farmland. They are all quite unique, some with spectacular houses, little lanes and well worth visting. The main shops are in Selsey and East Wittering. There are fuel garages at Sidlesham and Birdham. PaghamH erosion3000

The Neighbourhood

Birdham is a quiet, spread out village – with water frontage onto Chichester harbour and surrounded by fields. It has excellent access to Chichester – 5 miles away and West Wittering Beach – 4 miles away. It is on the Saltern’s Way footpath / cycle ride – just a one minute cycle away!

The Cathedral City of Chichester has many architectural features, secret passageways and beautiful gardens, plus a wide choice of shops, coffee houses and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. Go and investigate!
We have 2 theatres, 3 cinemas, internationally recognised art museums, free museums, incl open-air ones. 

Explore the local village of Birdham, especially the Church, just round the corner and marvel at the twisted tree. Birdham Pool and Chichester Yacht Basin are half a mile away.

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Want to go to the beaches nearby? Golden sand or flinty? Both options – and it varies depending on the state of the tide as well.
Want to windsurf, body board or kitesurf – that will be W Wittering then.. (other options include Bracklesham or Selsey) 

Kitesurfing fun at West Wittering Beach

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Paddleboarder or sailor? Go to Itchenor or Bosham to launch..

Love walking (perhaps with the dog?) or birdwatching or just being near water – did you know we have 3, yes THREE Harbours all within 5 minutes drive of us, plus the English Channel and a canal! Enough water for you? Pagham, the new Medmerry and Chichester harbours are all wildlife reserves. Chichester is a haven for yachtsmen too and is non-commercial, unlike Langstone or Portsmouth further along the coast.

Then there are the South Downs for walking, cycling and viewpoints and towns of Petworth and Midhurst to visit. “Bloody Bognor” is just 7 miles away and Arundel & Emsworth / Havant only 10miles away.
The ships at Portsmouth are well worth a visit – or you may want to go to for the shopping? You could even consider a day-trip to the sleepy Isle of Wight – a microcosm of the Kingdom in just a few miles!

Getting Around

The nearest train station is Chichester and you can get a taxi to “Palmer’s” or catch the bus to The Witterings on “The Circuit”. Get off at either Church Lane and walk the half mile to the house (10mins) or Birdham Stores – same distance to walk but you can get provisions en route…
Nearest airport = Southampton or Gatwick – go by train to either if you wish or they are a 40 or 60minute drive away respectively.
London by train is 1h 50mins and it arrives at Victoria.

Other Things to Note

If you book at:-
Summer and other children’s school holiday time – we try to only take week-long bookings at this time as it is challenging to have the house prepared fully for quick turnarounds as it is so large. A weekend booking may be possible – but you will not be charged on a nightly basis – so please get in touch with Gayle Palmer for the cost for your chosen dates for your group. Thank you.

Shopping over the Christmas / New Year period – Over the holiday period obviously many places to visit are closed so pre-booking a food delivery with Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Waitrose / Ocado may be advantageous. Birdham Stores will be closed for only a short time though, and its just up the road.

Terms and Conditions for staying at Palmer’s T&Cs Palmers 2019

Extra considerations:

No Smoking – if you have to – outside please and use an ashtray, not my garden for the butts! (They never breakdown..did you know that?)

Please STRIP THE BEDS and gather up the towels / tea towels all into the utility room before leaving. Gayle has recently fractured her wrist – and its the worst job for a poorly wrist!

Please make a note of any DAMAGE or BREAKAGES before you leave – there is a feedback form and a visitors book.
Try to leave the house as clean and ordered as it was when you arrived.
I really appreciate you looking after our family house. It has taken a lot to re-build it.. and I would be devastated to find it damaged on my return.

PETS – we do not usually accept pets unless they are only small. Please speak to the owner before booking.

Xmas or other decorations – NO pins put into the walls or sellotape (except on glass windows. Thank you!

ONLY the guests who are booked in may stay at the house. Any extras who are not notified are charged at £75 per person per night, regardless of whether they have brought their own bedding etc. This is a safety and insurance issue.

BOOK NOW or check availability HERE

© Gayle Palmer Chichester Self Catering 2018/9


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