Old Manor House

Donnington, Sussex

Colours are harmonious, paintwork is perfect, and the rambling gardens are yours to share (tennis anyone?). Glorious Goodwood is close!


4 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Two miles from Chichester, in ten secluded acres away from the road, is an unexpected treat: a superbly proportioned 17th-century house, ex-National Trust, fronted by a large pond of waterlilies. Gail, once in antiques, charming and discreet, has recently renovated an outbuilding for guests (long, low, red-brick) on the other side of the walled garden. Enter… to discover a leather chesterfield to the left, a sofabed to the right, and a dining area with a large white table. Then, down an elegant wide corridor: the kitchen, neat and well-equipped; the bedrooms, each a delicious nest; and the bathroom, big and tasteful in white and grey. Dotted with antiques and interesting ‘objets’, it’s a very civilised friends’ retreat. Of the many outdoor spots in which to relax (including a double hammock next to the tennis court) is a piece of garden just for you, surrounded by tall trees and trimmed hedges, with a fish pond in the middle and a patio to the side. A little shop and a posh pub are a trot away, and you can be in Chichester (cathedral, restaurants, theatre) in a trice. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £128
Weekly price
from £700
Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per week.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1284 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gail Gower

  • This is a very ancient site: the first house was recorded in 1066. At the end of a long private drive, with the Chichester Canal and a Norman Church on its borders, vistas stretching to the South Downs and sitting in well maintained gardens and parkland
  • Goodwood horse and car race tracks 10mins; Itchenor 10mins; West Wittering Beach, with it's endless sands and water sports, 15mins; South Downs (Kingley Vale and the Trundle) 10mins, Arundel 20mins. Excellent pubs a short walk, cycle or drive away
  • A wealth of sporting activities: sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, paddle-boarding, surfing, swimming, mountain biking, road biking, walking, riding, golf range, private astro-turf tennis court on site, endless walking.
  • Chichester dates to Roman times and before. The Georgian market town has endless sites of interest: Fishbourne Palace, the most important Roman Palace north of the Alps; 12th century cathedral; Pallant House Gallery; Festival Theatre; and the Novium.
  • Nearby: Arundel Castle and gardens; Weald and Down Museum; Kingley Vale and it's ancient forest of 2000-yr-old yews commemorating a Viking Battle, Iron Age Goose Hill Camp and Bronze Age Devils Humps; and Admiral Nelson's ship, Victory, in Portsmouth.
  • From your front door you can walk or bike along the Canal to the harbour or town. You share the site with varied insect and wildlife: kingfishers and other waterfowl; deer; orchids including the rare bee and the ponds are stocked with fish. Come join us.