Midhurst is a lively little market town, with a bustling high street and historic Old Town of mainly Tudor and Georgian houses clustered around its ancient Market Square. It is right at the heart of the South Downs National Park, and the Park headquarters, including its Visitors and Information Centre, is about where the tree is in the centre of the image.
There are many pubs and cafes in which to rest and relax, and several fine restaurants, some within walking distance – others a short drive away. Midhurst also offers great browsing through the many antique, vintage, gift, foodie and book shops, while regular Hobby Fairs, Book Fairs and Car Boot Sales are held in the town and nearby.
The Midhurst Music, Arts, Dance and Drama Festival (MADhurst) is held every summer in the ten days before August Bank Holiday (the last Monday in August). It features several concerts, workshops, craft activities, sports events, street art and traditional demonstrations each day, culminating in a parade, carnival and concert on August Bank Holiday Monday.
The town boasts two ruined castles. One is St. Ann’s Castle, a Norman “mote and bailey”, hidden in woodland close to the historic Old Town, of which only the footprint remains. The other is Cowdray Ruins, the famed Tudor mansion that stars in Anya Seton’s novel Green Darkness, built on the bank of the River Rother, visited by four of the five Tudor monarchs and where Guy Fawkes was once employed.
Two Rose Cottages is also within a short drive of major attractions such as Uppark House and Garden, Petworth House and Park, West Dean Gardens, the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, the magnificent Cass Sculpture Foundation, and the walled city of Chichester, including the Festival Theatre and ancient Cathedral. There are many, many walks to choose from, of various lengths and difficulty, through the beautiful Downland and West Weald scenery.
And don’t forget our local equestrian and motoring highlights – the internationally renowned polo tournaments at Cowdray Polo Club, close to Cowdray Ruins, a ten minute drive and fifteen minute riverside walk from Two Rose Cottages, and the many events at Goodwood, about a six mile drive away.
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