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The Art House | Large Luxury Self-Catering House | West Sussex

The Art House

Sutton, Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

In a sylvan location bordering the South Downs National Park, The Art House fuses inspirational interiors with a back-to-nature setting, providing the sanctuary you crave for a together-time retreat. From summer days spent lounging by the pool to atmospheric evenings huddled around the fire pit, this luxury self-catering home in West Sussex was designed with large family gatherings in mind. Here it is all about the setting, each room framing a picture-perfect garden vista.



Carefully curated, The Art House is a balanced reflection of the owner's varied tastes and travels. Eclectic and interesting, this luxury self-catering manor is distinctive in design and setting, affording a real getting-away-from-it-all feel. While fair weather days will mostly be spent poolside or grass between toes, evenings promise a sociable affair; from grand piano singalongs to games room forays and al fresco suppers. An idyllic home for multi-generational escapes, younger members of the group are free to enjoy a Swallows and Amazons adventure, while there’s time aplenty for parents to enjoy crisp G&Ts under the rose pergola. Wildlife watching, bracing morning walks and natural swimming are all optional, but well-deserved R&R is guaranteed.


Open-plan, light-filled living spaces sit alongside atmospheric rooms for socialising here at The Art House. Within art deco architecture, mid-century design finds fuse with an impressive artwork collection which spans three floors over the main house and accommodates up to eight guests. With an individualistic identity to each room waiting to be discovered, interiors are vibrant, uplifting and energising; there's also a nursery with a single bed for parents of young ones. A king-size and twin bedroom can also be found a short walk from the main house within The Cabin (part of the pool house). This relaxed space is idyllic for languid beside-the-pool days and also features a sauna, table football and snooker table for rainy afternoons.


If it’s a back-to-nature break that you crave, The Art House has an abundance of green space to immerse yourself in. From the formal garden, complete with burbling rill, to Mediterranean-esque dining areas, wildflower meadow and vegetable garden; if the weather is favourable you're unlikely to stray far from your verdant haven. Complete with 17-metre heated outdoor pool, 50-metre swimming lake and tennis court; early morning dips are a must before heading off on foot to explore the surrounding South Downs. Far and wide you are set to unearth alluring barbecue spots in the grounds, with secret oases woven into secluded corners making peaceable spots to read or take in the vast skies. Here, you’re assured a restorative stay.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests
    From £10,495 per week, £9,995 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsEight guests can be accommodated over four bedrooms in the main house. The first floor includes the master suite with super king-size bed, dressing room and en suite with bath. Also on this floor, the second bedroom enjoys a king-size bed and access to the large family shower room, whilst the third features a super king-size bed with en suite bathroom. The second-floor bedroom is equipped with a super king-size bed and en suite shower room. There is a nursery available, and this contains an additional single bed if required. There are a further two bedrooms in the separate cabin which is part of the pool house; here a king-size bedroom and twin share a bathroom (with freestanding bath and handheld shower) and also have access to a separate shower room with WC.
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  • Features17-metre heated outdoor swimming pool (June - September), sauna, 50-metre wild swimming lake with jetty, tennis court, air hockey, pool table and fire pit
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyChildren and babies are very welcome, one cot and highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking for up to five cars at The Art House, located at the end of the private drive. The open plan kitchen is fully equipped and features a four-oven Aga, separate electric oven, gas hob, double American fridge-freezer, Sage coffee machine, food processor, Nutribullet and separate wine and drinks fridge in the larder. The garden is not enclosed, and due to the pools and water features, children should be supervised at all times. Please note, there may be members of staff on-site to tend to the house and grounds.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper of local produce, English Nyetimber sparkling wine, Jaques croquet set, blankets for the fire pit, firewood and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • Eco-friendlyElectric car charger
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The Art House is a large self-catering homestay in West Sussex, Pulborough
Roam the formal gardens on sunny afternoons
The 17-metre heated pool sits in-front of The Cabin, featuring two bedrooms

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Please note, availability for this property is to be confirmed by Unique Homestays on receipt of your enquiry


On the edge of the South Downs National Park, Pulbourgh´s wisteria-covered buildings make a picturesque setting for family self-catering holidays in rural surrounds.

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Getting there

  • On the Map This luxury country manor house sits just outside the South Downs National Park, between Arundel and Billinghurst.
  • By Car The Art House is under a two hour drive from London, and 45 minutes from Brighton.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Pulborough with direct trains to London Victoria and a journey time of just over an hour.
  • By Air Gatwick Airport is 45 minutes away by car, and you can get direct trains from Worthing which is located 30 minutes away.

From the owner

“The Art House has been our home for 20 years, an escape from London and the place where we and our children have chosen to celebrate all the special times of our lives from important birthdays to the christening of our first grandchild.”

From the owner

There is a magic to sitting in the summerhouse with your glass of wine, watching the barn owl hunt over the meadow as the sun sets, or swimming with the dragonflies and a family of ducklings in the wild pond.

That's how we choose to start our days here, but you might prefer a more relaxed break taking in the stunning setting in which the house is immersed. From secluded yoga spots to energetic tennis 'events' with the obligatory glass of Pimms and strawberries at the ready, one thing that you can be assured of is that you won't find yourself short of things to do when you stay!  

There are many beautiful walks along the South Down Way directly from the house if you want to really make the most of the countryside setting, but likewise, we find it an indulgence to have the time and space to simply be.

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, Sutton

To Eat

The White Horse, Sutton

The White Horse is a charming local pub within walking distance of The Art House. It´s cosy appeal, real fire and a quaint beer garden make for an atmospheric evening out. Pre-booking with large groups is advised (and request the rear table by the fireplace)!

Arundel Castle

To See

Arundel Castle

Set high on a hill in rural West Sussex, the medieval Arundel Castle commands magnificent views of the South Downs National Park and River Arun. Restored and remodeled, the site was first established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day in 1067.

The South Downs Way

To See

The South Downs Way

Experience some of the county´s finest countryside when you visit the stretch between Winchester and Eastbourne´s white chalk cliffs. If you´re looking for wildlife, visible history, good pubs and pretty villages, the 100 miles of the South Downs Way awaits.

East Head, Chichester

To Do

East Head, Chichester

Visit one of the last surviving pieces of natural coastline in West Sussex, with shifting sand dunes, salt marsh and flowing tides. Walk, play and sunbathe on the beach, which is considered one of the best in Sussex, or simply admire the yachts that anchor off the northern end.

Guest Testimonials

The Art House is a beautiful property and we would all love to stay there again. We enjoyed the tennis courts and the heated pool. The property is a great option for those looking for a larger property that accepts pets.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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