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Thistledown Cottage

(Ref. 1012555)

Chidham near Bosham, Sussex Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Thistledown cottage is a great place to stay."

    Colin met us when we arrived and told us everything we needed to know about the accommodation. It is the special touches that were in the cottage a pint of milk in the fridge, a bottle of wine and a few munches on the side. There were tablets for the dishwasher, washing up liquid and tea towels all so appreciated. Lots of information on places to visit and how to use the television and even Netflix. They have thought of everything to make your stay the best. It is a comfortable and beautifully kept cottage. Looking forward to returning another time.

    Reviewed by JanetteOct 2023

  • "We had the perfect holiday home in Thistledown Cottage."

    Warm, clean and had everything provided way beyond expectations. Good communication with the owner who settled us in on arrival. Would definitely recommend this place and the area is very pretty and enjoyed eating locally.

    Reviewed by JustineOct 2023

  • "This property was even better than it looked on the site."

    The owner was amazing and everything you need was there including a lovely welcome pack. The situation was private, remote, and peaceful but close to shops and facilities. We had an amazing week with wonderful weather. Plenty of places to visit followed by a lovely relaxing evening back at the property. Couldn't recommend any more highly. Thank you.

    Reviewed by DianaSep 2023

  • "Superb property, immaculately kept The property is fantastic, very clean and looks brand new."

    It is in a quiet, secure area and the hosts are fantastic, great communication, highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by RaminAug 2023

  • "Lovely holiday home which we used as a base to explore West Sussex and Portsmouth."

    Ample space for our family of four, with very clean and modern rooms.

    Reviewed by FionaAug 2023

  • "This was our second visit to Thistledown and hopefully it won't be our last."

    The property is fabulous, secure and in a wonderful position, very peaceful with lots of lovely walks, a fabulous pub very close by and easy access to shopping and bus routes. Colin couldn't have been a more welcoming and helpful host. If I were looking for something to critic it would just be that the TVs could do with updating as streaming catch up was difficult and buffered in the bedroom particularly but this was a very minor thing and in no way detracted from a fabulous week.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2023

  • "On leaving the property we thanked the owners for a lovely weeks stay"

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2023

  • "Superb property, immaculately kept."

    Everything we needed was there and looked new. The location was ideal for us to tour the West Sussex coast and the bus stops to Chichester and Portsmouth were within walking distance at the top of the lane. Lovely walks the other way to see the boats in the estuary and the countryside.

    Reviewed by GailJun 2023

  • "This is a lovely, clean, comfortable cottage, ideal for exploring this lovely part of the coast."

    It is quietly positioned, yet close to amenities such as shops, pubs and other eateries. Importantly, the beds are comfortable!

    Reviewed by ChristopherMay 2023

  • "We were three elderly people and found this to be an ideal base for exploring Sussex and Hampshire."

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2023

  • "This is an outstanding property with everything that you need for a fantastic break on the coast."

    The host was extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We would highly recommend the cottage and will be returning in the future.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2023

  • "Very quiet and well located, with excellent bus services from the main road."

    Owner very helpful. Good walking from the door. Enjoyed exploring an area that was new to us.

    Reviewed by LesleyMay 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Thistledown Cottage."

    Colin welcomed us on arrival and explained the electric gates and other tips for our stay. The Cottage is perfect, very comfortable and a wonderful base to get around the area. We would love to return someday.

    Reviewed by JacquelineOct 2022

  • "It's our fourth time, we had a wonderful stay as always."

    So warm, clean and comfortable. Great bus service nearby and incredible walks and views. Will definitely be booking again!

    Reviewed by MelanieSep 2022

  • "We were contacted by Colin, the property owner, before we arrived to confirm our arrival time."

    Colin met us as we arrived and explained a few things about Thistledown Cottage and how a few things worked. The cottage is well appointed, extremely clean and very comfortable. We had very enjoyable two week vacation of the which the cottage contributed greatly. I will highly recommend Thistledown cottage to our friends & family. Thank you Colin for assisting in us have a great vacation.

    Reviewed by SteveSep 2022

  • "Colin was very friendly."

    He greeted us on the gate on arrival and introduced us to the cottage. The cottage was extremely well equipped for all self-catering needs, including a hotel-style shower gel/shampoo dispenser in the showers. A lovely peaceful location with easy walks around Chidham and the peninsula.

    Reviewed by JakeAug 2022

  • "A very well appointed cottage with everything supplied for a very comfortable stay."

    The location is great for so many interesting places to visit. The owner was welcoming and we appreciated the welcome pack.

    Reviewed by JanJul 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage!"

    Good location for walks around the coast in Chidham. Colin couldn’t have been more helpful. 100% recommended!

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2022

  • "Colin gave us a warm welcome to his wonderful cottage."

    The property is spotlessly clean, well appointed, peaceful and very comfortable. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by JulianJun 2022

  • "Everything was to a high standard."

    The owner was attentive and ensured all was in order

    Reviewed by SimonApr 2022

  • "The location was perfect for exploring the harbour area and coastline."

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2022

  • "This cottage was very clean, comfortable, quiet and secure, just what we wished for."

    It was convenient for all the places we wanted to visit . Colin was friendly and helpful explaining various things we needed to know.We had a lovely week's stay, great weather too and would return if staying in the Chichester area again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by BrendaOct 2021

  • "Very clean, tidy and comfortable cottage."

    Friendly welcome from the host. Great location for a mix of local walks and visits to attractions (by train as well as by car). A very good holiday.

    Reviewed by JosinaOct 2021

  • "A lovely comfortable and clean cottage, great location for lovely coastal walks and excellent local attractions."

    We had a lovely holiday and would highly recommend this cottage .

    Reviewed by JennySep 2021

  • "Colin the cottage owner gave us a very warm welcome on arrival and was there to help if needed but gave us complete privacy."

    The cottage was perfect, spotlessly clean and so very quiet. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2021

  • "We had an amazing stay at Thistledown cottage & would definitely recommend it."

    Colin & Rowena made us very welcome. We hope to return sometime.

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2021

  • "We were happy and comfortable and the owner was lovely."

    The house was great!!!!!!

    Reviewed by GeraldineAug 2021

  • "A fabulous place, so much so have booked again!"

    Can't fault in any way, all excellent, a great find.

    Reviewed by MelanieAug 2021

  • "We loved the rural setting and how easy it was to get to walks and places of ..."

    We loved the rural setting and how easy it was to get to walks and places of interest and the property and surroundings was so peaceful

    Reviewed by SheilaAug 2021

  • "A great country location for walking with beaches, sailing and bird watching easily accessible."

    Charming pub and ancient church reached on foot in 10 minutes by paths and rural lanes.The on- site owner was helpful, kind and discreet allowing for complete privacy. Many thanks Julia and Henry

    Reviewed by JuliaJul 2021

  • "Everything was top notch."

    Spotless cottage, all mod cons and well laid out. Set in a beautiful landscape and perfectly placed for touring around. We had lovely hot weather and were able to find shade if needed, always with a lovely view. Colin, the owner is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the area and its many delights. Never intrusive, but if you need help he goes above and beyond!!! He's friendly too and a thoroughly nice man. Book this cottage, you will not be disappointed.

    Reviewed by JuneJul 2021

  • "It was a beautifully Appointed cottage and was presented in 1st class condition couple that with a fantastic area for us it was perfect."

    Reviewed by NickJul 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, spotlessy clean and extremely comfortable, we had a wonderful time."

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "Shame about the weather, but lovely cottage to be in"

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2021

  • "The property is absolutely beautifully presented, comfortable, clean in an amazing location, the property owner Colin Gibbons is a real gentleman, my wife had an accident crashing off her pushbike and breaking her arm, had a couple of nights in hospital."

    Colin did everything he could to mitigate the impact on us and our holiday I really can't thank him enough.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Very well presented accommodation."

    Quiet and secure. Not our style but tv in each bedroom as well as lounge! A good base for exploring coast between Chichester and Portsmouth, Plenty of walks on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by ColinApr 2021

  • "Thistledown was a beautiful cottage; well decorated and with every facility we could have wanted."

    It was well situated. There were plenty of good walks around the scenic harbour within a few minutes of the cottage. Even the weather was exceptional for October. We enjoyed the lazy breakfasts watching the colourful birdlife on the garden feeders. Colin and Rowena could not have been more helpful. We woke up one morning to find we had a flat tyre. We couldn't remove the tyre. Colin did everything he could with his own toolset and when that didn't work he drove us to a garage to fix the problem after Rowena had checked which garages could see us at such short notice. There's lots more we want to see so we hope to be back before too long.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2020

  • "Thistledown Cottage is very well equipped, spotlessly clean and has a homely feel."

    The owners, Colin and Rowena. have used quality fixtures and fittings throughout, making for a very comfortable stay in lovely surroundings. Of the many cottages stayed in during recent years, it is ranked as being in our top 5. We would have no hesitation in booking this cottage again and highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by RoySep 2020

  • "Gorgeous cottage, very clean and tidy, felt perfectly safe staying during Covid-19."

    Excellent location, great pubs within walking distance, cottage owners Colin and Rowena were lovely.

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2020

  • "The property is situated in attractive, peaceful and secluded country side but is in reasonable distance to the many attractions the area offers."

    The cottage itself is attached to main house and is in immaculate condition both inside and out. They have adapted to the problems risen from coronavirus completely. The facilities provided in the property were first class. The owners live on site and were very welcoming. They respected our privacy at all times but would respond cheerfully to any query we had. They are nice people. We had an excellent, comfortable week's holiday and recommend this cottage to anybody.

    Reviewed by ColinJul 2020

  • "We were 'bowled over' by the design and presentation of this modern and well though-out property."

    It is easily accessible with a level entrance and with all but a twin bedroom and en-suite shower room on the ground floor., so ideal for anyone who find stairs difficult. The property was well-equipped and spotlessly clean. It proved to be an ideal base for many places to visit in the area. We would happily book again.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2019

  • "The cottage is delightful in peaceful surroundings."

    The owners Colin and Rowena are a lovely couple, very keen that everything is ok for you.

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2019

  • "Property clean,comfortable better than expected"

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2019

  • "Our host were extremely welcoming and kind."

    Also very thoughtful, when my father was taken ill for a few days, Rowena baked us a delicious cake and showed us great concern. For which we very much appreciate and thank them both. Would highly recommend this beautiful and very comfortable property in this very pretty part of Sussex, great for exploring and also relaxing watching the boats and enjoying the eateries! I hope to return one day!

    Reviewed by JanetSep 2019

  • "Excellent holiday and accommodation first rate."

    Wonderful hosts at Thistledown Cottage - Roweena and Colin. Thank you. We would certainly use Sykes Holiday Cottages again.

    Reviewed by Peter DavidAug 2019

  • "Thistledown cottage is a lovely cottage with very high spec finish , topical of many Sykes cottages we have been in , with very friendly owner's ."

    We had a lovely holiday with lots of places to visit, the weather was good which is alwaly a bonus ,would love to return some time .

    Reviewed by FrancesJul 2019

  • "It was a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location"

    Reviewed by JanJul 2019

  • "Thistledown Cottage is one of the best Cottages we have stayed in."

    A special mention for the owners who helped us to get to know the area and made sure we had everything that we could want. Thankyou

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2019

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Front gravelled area with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets, no smoking
  • Shop 2.3 miles and pub 10 minute walk

The property

This stunning annex has been renovated into a stylish holiday home and is attached alongside the owner's home in the village of Chidham (ANOB – Area of natural beauty) near Chichester.

There are numerous scenic coastal walks offering an array of wildlife within a five minute walk of the Annex.

Being based in a rural part of West Sussex, with all of the country, city and coastal surroundings nearby, this home is perfect for friends or family looking for a versatile getaway with lots to do, or even a couple looking for a loving retreat.

Upon arrival you'll enter through a large wooden gate allowing the property to have its own privacy with seating areas at the front of the annex.

After parking up on the private driveway, the picturesque annex will greet you with open arms, and stepping through the sliding doors you will be welcomed by a modern kitchen and dining area that has been fitted to a high-standard, perfect for you to put your cooking skills to the test.

Walking through, to the left is a living area with high ceilings and skylights to lighten up the area and give a refreshing feel in order to make this getaway as restoring as possible.

Climb up the wooden stairs to find the spacious twin bedroom with its own en-suite shower room and plenty of storage space that makes this place a real home-from-home.

Toward the front of the property, you will discover the master bedroom with a king-size bed, benefiting from a spacious en-suite shower room, and windows with views that look out into the peaceful country lanes.

Outside of the property there are multiple pubs within a 10-minute scenic walk.

There is also easy access to an array of beaches that cater for all activities, so there will be something for everyone.

There are plenty of handy amenities nearby, including shops, supermarkets, as well as a number of places to dine out or grab a takeaway.

The vibrant city of Chichester boasts its imposing cathedral, Georgian shopping centre and a plethora of attractions to suit many different tastes.

There are galleries, historic houses, museums and its notable Festival Theatre, as well as opportunities to enjoy the seaside delights at Bracklesham Bay and The Witterings.

There is also easy access to the historical naval city of Portsmouth, Arundel, Isle of Wight and numerous towns and picturesque villages located throughout the South Downs.

This accommodation strives to be your home-away-from-home, helping for the maximum relaxation for whilst you're away.

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About the location


Chichester 6 miles.

Bosham is a coastal village and civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. The village hosts a small selections of pubs and restaurants, with a supermarket for your amenities. Situated a few miles from the thriving city of Chichester, boasting a range of historical attractions, including the Gothic-style Chichester building hosting a range of modern art inside, or the Pallant House Gallery. Discover a range of independent shops and supermarkets for a larger choice of amenities, where you can also discover many traditional pubs and restaurants for some fine food and real ale. You are within reach of the fantastic coastline, boasting many sandy beaches for family day trips, as well as nearby rivers and lakes for a chance to get involved with some watersporting activities.