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Overview

This 300-year-old countryside inn, perched on the outskirts of the pretty West Sussex town of Petworth, overlooks the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. The great British countryside is at the heart of this pub and the team has worked hard to incorporate the natural environment and the building's history into the stylish yet comfortable interior.

There is bespoke oak furniture, reclaimed art and a roaring fire to welcome you. A high-ceilinged, light and airy dining room offers the best in seasonal fare, while the snug bar offers everything you'd expect from a true country pub - including great service. Weary travellers can rest their heads in one of 14 luxe bedrooms, then enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast the next morning before exploring the local area.

The Welldiggers Arms is well placed for walking, cycling and horse riding adventures, while culture buffs shouldn't miss the chance to visit Petworth House, a stately mansion just a mile down the road that houses one of the finest art collections in the country.

Rooms from

Classic: £75
With a view: £85
Indulgent: £110


Good to know

  • Visa and Mastercard accepted
  • Parking available
  • Disabled access
  • £15 dog stay charge

Scenic and serene
A true countryside inn, perched on the outskirts of Petworth and surrounded by the rolling beauty of the South Downs.

Quiet romance
A stylish rural bolthole for lovers to escape to and spend time together enjoying the surrounding countryside and all it has to offer.

Dog-friendly
Canine chums are welcome to join you in the bar area and can stay overnight in any of the rooms. Dog bowls and beds can also be provided.

Crown collection
Part of the original Epicurean Collection, you can earn and redeem Crowns here if you are one of our Crown members.

Rooms

There are 14 bedrooms available, each of which has individual décor and all the mod cons you need to enjoy a cosy and comfortable stay. Six rooms are tucked above the pub, while eight are in an adjoining building.

For families or larger groups, ask to stay in the larger snug room which is interconnected with a double room. Features such as exposed concrete, roll-top baths and pastel furnishings add a rustic touch to all.

Restaurant & bar

Head straight for a window table when dining here; the mouth-watering dishes on offer taste even better when savoured against the backdrop of the rolling South Downs. With such bounteous surroundings, it's not surprising that much of the produce used is sourced locally; from the seasonal game to the fresh vegetables and herbs.

There is an open kitchen, so you can watch the chefs work their magic, while there are plant pots on every table, near floor-length windows and spade-handle beer pumps to bring a touch of the great outdoors inside.

Private dining

For special occasions, meetings and workshops, there is an intimate private dining room that can seat up to 12 guests and which is nicely secluded from the main bar and restaurant.

Things to do

Located in the South Downs National Park and perched on the outskirts of Petworth - a historic town whose star attraction is the grand Petworth House and Park owned by the National Trust - our location is perfect for all kinds of countryside activities, including walking, cycling and clay pigeon shooting.

For golfing, horse racing and motorsport events head to Goodwood, which is a short drive away, but if culture and heritage is more your thing the Roman city of Chichester, Arundel Castle, Boxgrove Priory and the Weald and Downland Living Museum are close by.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Pulborough
Taxi from station: 7min
Drive: 55min from Brighton, 1hr 30min from London

Address

Low Heath, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0HG

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