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Ariabelle | Luxury Self-Catering Mansion | Midhurst, Sussex

Dating back to 1850, Ariabelle is a stunning self-catering mansion idyllically set near the market town of Midhurst in West Sussex. French chateau style shutters open to an Aladdin's cave of twinkling chandeliers, period oak panelling and elaborate tiled floors. Look forward to long weekends spent swimming in the indoor pool, drawn-out al fresco lunches and tennis tournaments backed by the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. Big country house breaks have never been as chic.


Found at the end of a sweeping tree-lined drive, Ariabelle is a lavish home promising guests the ultimate luxury self-catering experience. Wrapped up within the renowned South Downs National Park, landscaped lawns tumble down to 40 magical acres of woodland before reaching the river Rother that snakes through the grounds. Huge windows framed with pistachio green shutters conceal the myriad of treasures that lie within. If the palatial indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, gym, sauna and steam room aren’t tempting enough, Ariabelle sits within easy reach of Chichester Harbour, Goodwood Estate and Cowdray Park Polo Club.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Up the sweeping staircase, ten dreamy bedrooms await. On the first floor, the opulent master suite boasts a circular zinc bath and separate shower. The two children's bedrooms on this floor have en suite bathrooms, while a double room, a king-size and super king-size bedroom share a family bathroom. Also found on the first floor are two further super-king size bedrooms, one of which flaunts an en suite while the other has access to a separate shower and bathroom. The second floor is home to a spacious room with emperor sized-bed with en suite, as well as a cosy double room which has access to a separate shower and bathroom.


Flaunting manicured lawns adorned with dramatic copper fountains, woodlands and wild meadows, the grounds of Ariabelle offer plentiful opportunities to relax and explore. Skip down the terrace steps to the tennis court and partake in lively family tournaments whilst the younger members of the family somersault on the trampoline, fly across the garden on the zip wire and climb through the playhouse. With Ariabelle's 40 acres of woodland, head off on foot and wander through the countryside on your doorstep. After the day's activities, strike up the BBQ for al fresco feasts or huddle around the fire pit, wrapped in blankets, after supper with steaming flasks of hot cocoa and gooey, toasted marshmallows.

For Relaxation

Begin your day working up a sweat in the home gym or make the most of the dedicated massage room where soothing treatments can take place. Warm up and unwind in the sauna and the steam room before diving into the heated indoor swimming pool. Once your backstroke has been perfected, hop into the hot tub for a relaxing soak under the bubbles before visiting the bar for a refreshing drink. For those with a thirst for the great outdoors, stroll through the famous South Downs scenery or saunter amongst 'Capability' Brown's landscaped gardens at nearby Petworth House. After long countryside stomps, curl up beside one of Ariabelle's open fires and plan tomorrow's adventure.

The Practicalities

Ariabelle is fully equipped with an Aga, wine chiller, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave and separate caterer's kitchen for functions. There is plenty of private parking at the house. Please note there is a resident dog that lives in the caretaker's cottage within the grounds. 


  • SleepsUp to 14 guests
    From £15,000 per week, £12,000 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen, towels and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: Eight double bedroomsTwins: One twin bedroomSingles: One single bedroom
  • BathroomsFive en suite bathrooms, one family bathroom and one separate shower room
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, children very welcome with an extensive collection of toys availableCots: One travel cotHighchairs: One highchair
  • BBQA gas barbecue is provided
  • FeaturesIndoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court, steam room and sauna, gym, bar and table tennis
  • PetsSorry, no pets allowed
  • Mod ConsApple Mac, Sonos sound system, Amazon Echo Dot, Smart TV with Netflix and Apple TVsInternet & Communications: Wi-Fi internet is availableMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
  • Other InformationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsView floor planRecommend to a friend

Style: Shutters and twinkling chandeliers give this home a romantic French flair where open-plan living creates a chic space to entertain.


Our Take

Property Owner Julia says

This is a large, luxurious country house but importantly a cosy and comfortable family home. We have everything on site - indoor pool, gym, massage, table tennis, playrooms, tennis court, outdoor natural pool, woods - but are also surrounded by beautiful countryside, horses and fabulous views.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Stedham, West Sussex to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Saddle Up Set within the grounds of the estate are excellent equestrian facilities. With stables on your doorstep, horse riding can easily be arranged. Riders of all abilities will be guaranteed an exhilarating experience, galloping their way through acres of prime patchwork countryside.

Country Houses Scattered throughout the West Sussex countryside and found at the end of grand sweeping driveways, some of England's finest country homes lie within easy reach. One of the most impressive is Petworth House, a remarkable Grade-I listed mansion with grounds landscaped by 'Capability' Brown.

Enjoy a Game of Polo Hosting up to 400 hundred matches each year, Cowdray Park Polo Club is just a short drive away, set within a 16,500 acre estate. Recognised as the home of British polo, Cowdray has hosted polo matches for over 100 years, drawing in spectators looking for a thrilling sporting event.

Watersports If the indoor swimming pool isn't enough to satisfy your thirst to be in the water then day trip to West Wittering beach. With views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs beyond, the unspoilt sandy beach has been a favourite destination of traditional days spent at the seaside. Why not try your hand at surfing or stand up paddle-boarding?



Baking handmade breads and confectioneries, The Granary Bakery is a traditional craft bakery serving up a mouthwatering selection of treats. Found just a couple of miles away in Midhurst, stock up on artisan breads and fresh pastries for delicious continental breakfasts. For fresh family suppers using the very best local ingredients, visit Cowdray Farm Shop. The butchers, delicatessen and savoury delights found adorning the counters are amongst the very best in the region.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your luxury self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

For those in search of a traditionally English afternoon, visit Park House and enjoy afternoon tea. Served in the drawing room or alfresco on the terrace in warmer months, take your pick from traditional sandwiches, blinis and pastries or perhaps you'll choose a cream tea with clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam.


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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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