We had the most relaxing winter seaside break last month in Birdham, West Sussex, staying at the delightful five star B&B Church Lodge.
Birdham is about a ten minute drive from the beaches of The Witterings and as it was December, they were almost deserted, save for these amazing starfish we found washed up on the beach.
Just a short stroll away from Birdham, you can reach Chichester Harbour, which on the day we visited, was still frozen and looked all the more beautiful for it.
Our accommodation at Church Lodge was this Scandi style cabin, kitted out with a huge bed, flat screen TV, shabby chic furniture and sheepskin rugs to warm your toes as you get out of bed.
The bathroom was tastefully decorated and Nicky, the owner, had provided lots of thoughtful beauty products to make our stay more enjoyable, plus a stash of magazines for reading in the bath!
Breakfast at Church Lodge is huge and one of the best I’ve had at a B&B. Everything was great quality, from the home made muesli, the fresh fruit and of course the very filling fry up!
One of the highlights for me was meeting the resident husky, Roxy, who is absolutely adorable and amenable to a cuddle too!
Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts Nicky and Martin. As soon as we arrived we were offered tea and fruit cake in the conservatory while they gave us the low down on where to go and what to see.
We were even invited to Nicky’s Pilates class, although a drink at the local Lamb Inn put paid to that!
What makes this place special is the hospitality and the feeling that you really are away from it all. It was the perfect antidote to the crazy run up to Christmas.