Visit Midhurst and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Midhurst, West Sussex. On the outskirts of the town are the ruins of Cowdray Park, a substantial, fortified mansion built in the first half of the 16th century by the Earl of Southampton, and destroyed by fire in 1793. For several generations it was the home of the Viscounts Montague, descendants of Sir Anthony Browne who was Master of the Horse to Henry VIII, from whom he received Battle Abbey. Early this century Cowdray was purchased by the first Viscount Cowdray of Midhurst, who saved the ruins from total decay, and saw to their preservation.
The Cowdray Museum contains a number of paintings and other exhibits relating to the mansion and its owners, and to the district and its history.
The famous Cowdray Park polo grounds form part of the estate in which the ruins stand, and the public may watch the matches.
The area abounds in delightful country with many picnic spots, such as Benbow Ponds, St Anne's Hill, where the foundations of ancient Bohun Castle may be seen, and at Blackdown, between Midhurst and Petworth, which is nearly 1,000 ft above sea-level.
The town of Midhurst possesses some attractive domestic architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries and two old inns.
Nearby cities: Chichester
Nearby towns: Billingshurst, Haslemere, Liphook, Petersfield, Petworth
Nearby villages: Bepton, Chilgrove, Chithurst, Cocking, Duneton, East Marden, Elsted, Fernhurst, Graffham, Heyshott, Iping, Lodsworth, Lurgashall, North Marden, Northchapel, Rake, Rogate, Selham, Stedham, Trotton
Have you decided to visit Midhurst or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Midhurst bed and breakfast (a Midhurst B&B or Midhurst b and b)
- a Midhurst guesthouse
- a Midhurst hotel (or motel)
- a Midhurst self-catering establishment, or
- other Midhurst accommodation