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Studio Fold | Luxury Self-Catering Eco Home | Pulborough, Sussex

Studio Fold

Nutbourne, Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

Meticulous design and eco-friendly credentials have seen this former water pumping station transform into an award-winning luxury retreat. Once derelict and forgotten, Studio Fold is now an unpretentious family home featuring two connecting 46ft-wide rooms and five bold bedrooms for large groups to enjoy. Ideal for walkers, this luxury self-catering eco-home is only a stone's throw from the chalky hills and rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park.


Set in the sought-after West Sussex hamlet of Nutbourne, Studio Fold was originally built in the 1930s by Great War veterans. Tucked down a private country lane and ensconced in greenery, its salience is apparent from the moment of arrival. Following a thoughtful renovation from an obsolete pumping station, which featured on Caroline Quentin’s Restoration Home, Studio Fold is now a vast one-level family home. Flooded with natural light in its contemporary open-plan design, luxury self-catering escapes in the South Downs just got better.


The high-ceilinged living area at Studio Fold presents the perfect place to read fireside, admire the owners’ carefully curated art collection, or simply just enjoy being. The blank canvas of the basement den provides a contrast to the rest of the home, with enough space for a plethora of activities from gym workouts to yoga sessions and even disco dancing under the ceiling mirror ball! Whatever the day's activities bring, the whole party can savour evenings spent unfurling beside the fire with a pile of coffee table books and selection of local wines. 


Studio Fold’s large lawned area is perfect for children to play upon from dusk ‘til dawn, whilst older family members can gather on the terrace for barbecue suppers and evening sundowners. If you can bear to leave, there is much to discover whilst staying at Studio Fold, especially in the rolling hills of the South Downs stuffed with ancient woodland, chocolate box villages and thriving vineyards. Jaunt to the nearby market town of Petworth, best known for Petworth House and Capability Brown gardens, which offers an abundance of shops and eateries.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
    From £2,350 per week, £1,795 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are three double bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room, two twin bedrooms, one family shower room and one family bathroom.
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  • FeaturesBasement den with gym equipment
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per stay
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking for up to eight cars on the private gated driveway. The glossy, open-plan kitchen is well-equipped with three ovens, a dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine and espresso machine.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, bottle of red wine, table tennis, Sonos multi-room sound system, TV with Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney +, DVD player, iPad, WiFi internet, gas barbecue, linen, towels, candles, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Studio Fold was converted from a water pumping station to a luxury holiday home
Studio Fold is the perfect luxury self-catering escape in Pulbourgh
Enjoy al fresco dining on a summer´s day at Studio Fold

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Bordering the edge of the South Downs National Park, Pulbourgh´s wisteria-covered buildings make a picturesque spot for a village holiday in a country setting, with a spot of river activity thrown in for marine enthusiasts.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Located in Nutbourne, near Pulborough in West Sussex.
  • By Car Approximately two hours from London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Pulborough with direct trains to London Victoria with a journey time of just over an hour.
  • By Air Gatwick Airport is just under an hour's drive away.

From the owner

“We love the reaction when people enter the house, with most people whispering ´wow´! Entering through the front lobby, the first of the main rooms was originally the machine hall and is around 1000 sq ft with 15 foot high ceilings. The house is beautifully simple yet sophisticated - we love it!”

From the owner

The best way to introduce you to the property is for you to watch the 'Restoration Home' series with Caroline Quentin. The building is best described as a 'Nil Bill' house in that the energy systems, now in common use, were leading edge at the time we did the build.

The house is set up to allow a very broad range of visitors to enjoy very different experiences. The key to it all is an abundance of space which is the main reason we have resisted breaking down the main rooms with partitions and walls.

Whilst (we hope!) the building is interesting, we feel that the context is even better, with so many things to do within easy reach: from the amazing beaches to the South Downs National Park, and from the plethora of festivals to the abundance of history. Not to mention the great food and drink!

Stephen and Maria

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Pulborough with an insider’s perspective.

The White Horse, Pulborough
To Eat

The White Horse, Pulborough

The White Horse is an excellent local pub within walking distance. It has a very cosy atmosphere and serves really super food and a specialist menu for burgers. If you pre-book and have a large group, ask for the rear table by the fireplace.

South Downs Way
To See

South Downs Way

Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester and the white chalk cliffs at Eastbourne. If you´re looking for wildlife, visible prehistory, fine pubs and pretty villages, the 100 miles of the South Downs Way awaits.

Cowdray Park Polo Club
To Do

Cowdray Park Polo Club

In the centre of the 16,500-acre Cowdray Estate in Midhurst, Cowdray Park Polo Club is home to the world-famous Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, launched in 1956. They also host up to 400 matches a year. 

West Wittering Beach
To Do

West Wittering Beach

An amazing soft sand beach with excellent walks; dogs are welcome in the northern part of the beach. We love it best of all on cold winter days with wellies and dogs scampering about, before returning to relax fireside in Studio Fold!

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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