Oakwood West Holidays offers hot tubs with stunning views
Tucked away in a rolling meadow, there’s nothing but the buzzing of bees or the odd pheasant sighting to bother you
- Easily accessible by train and car
- Stunning, quiet countryside surroundings
- Plenty of walks in the area
- Kitschy, countryside interior design
- Private hot tubs
Oakwood West Holidays Review
Nestled among the greenery and woodlands surrounding Chichester is Oakwood West Holidays, a collection of six boutique countryside accommodations ranging from a large rustic stable conversion to cute and comfy cottages complete with hot tubs.
The family-run site opened its first accommodation in 2021 when the couple behind the venture, took a now-or-never risk to launch their long-dreamed-about holiday offering in the midst of the pandemic.
Since then, Oakwood West has gone on to grow its portfolio, with the addition of holiday lodges in spring 2022 and two new glamping wagons set to launch in early summer 2023.
Guests can rely on both peace and privacy here. With the site tucked away in a rolling meadow, there’s nothing but the buzzing of bees or the odd pheasant sighting to bother you.
By morning, the surrounding field comes to life, as butterflies and insects flit between the surrounding flora. Once night falls, watch the final rays of sunlight dip behind the trees from your private deck.
Meadow Hide’s master bedroom looks out over the surrounding greenery
Oakwood West maintains harmony with the surrounding landscape, placing sustainability at its core. Holiday lodges are built and clad with homegrown timber, barbecue charcoal is made on-site, accommodations are powered by renewable energy sources and the owners have pledged to « reach Net Zero by 2030 ».
All of the accommodations are self-catered, meaning it’s a good idea to either come prepared or have a car to pop to the nearest supermarket. Given that Oakwood West is just 90 minutes by train from the hubbub of London, travelling without a vehicle is possible, though it will take a little more planning.
It also means you’ll likely be unable to travel too far unless you pack a pair of wellies and are prepared for a little bit of an off-road walk. But, the good news is that there are plenty of stunning trails to follow. Owner Sarah is on-hand to chat through all of your options, and will even provide a map highlighting some of her favourite walking routes and local attractions.
Oakwood West is home to six different accommodation options, ranging from those suited to idyllic couples’ getaways to larger family parties. In the site’s largest property, Lucky’s Stable, you can sleep up to seven people, or when rented alongside neighbouring Silhouette’s Stable, the group size can be expanded to as many as 12.
For slightly smaller parties, there’s Fern Lodge, which sleeps up to six, a modern yet luxurious space with a canopied ceiling and ritzy, golden fixtures.
Meanwhile, the intimate Woodland and Gypsy wagons, offer a cosy base for two, complete with a fully equipped canopied kitchenette with fridge, sink and hob, private bathroom and outside seating area.
Our stay, however, was spent in one of the more secluded properties on the site: Meadow Hide. Located in the lower corner of the meadow, hidden away behind a private gate and fence, this two-bedroom property promises stunning vistas of the surrounding countryside.
Inside, the cottage takes interior design inspiration from the surrounding nature, with country kitsch features including woodland-themed wallpaper, hand-painted birds and butterfly decals dotted around the space and plenty of natural wood.
The cottage takes interior design inspiration from the surrounding nature
Though the space has the rustic traits of a rural escape, these are combined with modern touches. A stylish gold vessel sink adds a hint of glamour to the bathroom, along with matching gold fixtures. In the lounge, hipster Edison-style lightbulbs hang from a wooden light fixture.
The property comfortably sleeps four people across two double rooms, one decorated in a quirky woodland theme, the second an oasis of greenery. The largest of the two bedrooms promises incredible grassland views to wake up to each day. Or, if you prefer to enjoy your morning coffee al fresco, a sheltered outdoor decking area with two rope hammock chairs is an enticing spot to start the day.
As the sun begins to set, the garden hot tub beckons, a steamy refuge to ease into after a long day of wandering the English landscape. The limited light pollution also makes this the perfect place for a spot of stargazing.
There’s a modern, well-equipped kitchen, perfect for whipping up family meals. While some of the accommodations come with laundry facilities, Meadow Hide does not.
In the bathroom, clean, contemporary fixtures, are juxtaposed with wooden panelling creating an outdoors-indoors experience. Though the bathroom does not feature a bath, there is a spacious waterfall shower.
The accommodation is well-equipped for a comfortable, self-catering stay
Located just 10 minutes outside of Chichester by car and a 15-minute walk from Bosham train station, Oakwood West is relatively accessible for both those travelling by car and public transport links.
Trains run on a fairly frequent basis to and from Brighton, Portsmouth, Gatwick Airport, Horsham, London and Bognor Regis. However, while there is plenty to busy yourself with in the surrounding area, those without a vehicle may be limited.
If you are on foot, there are plenty of walks in the nearby area. The nearby village of West Ashling is a 30-minute stroll through the woodlands, with the promise of a cold drink waiting in the Michelin-guide-recommended Horse and Groom pub. Alternatively, guests can enjoy a slightly longer 40-minute walk to quaint Bosham Harbour, with its charming cafés and traditional ice cream shops.
Visitors who do have a car can access a wider array of activities. Enjoy a day at the seaside, with West Witter Beach a mere 22-minute drive away, or pay a visit to the nearby Aisling Park Estate Vineyard.
Kitchens are kitted out with modern amenities
- Parking on-site
- Hot tub
- Accessible options
- Log burning stove
- Outside seating and BBQ
- Well-equipped kitchen
- Wi-Fi, Smart TV and Bluetooth sound system (select accommodations)
- Laundry facilities (select accommodations)
Value For Money
A short stay at Meadow Hideaway ranges from £675 for a short stay in the low season to £1,450 in the high season. Seven-night-stays range from £900 to £2,000 for seven nights during the high season.
Meadow Hide provides a peaceful and private escape with beautiful views of the surrounding greenery
West Ashling, Chichester
Telephone: 07900 350102
Oakwood West Holidays succeeds in providing a tranquil escape from the fast pace of modern life, without feeling too disconnected. The site itself offers something for everyone, with a versatile selection of boutique holiday homes to choose from.
And, in 2024, there are further plans for growth, with the addition of a new ‘close to nature’ experience, including a swimming pond.
The Sussex resort is a popular haunt for celebrations, with family parties a regular occurrence. For those celebrating something extra special, there is the option to hire out the entire site which will sleep 30 adults.
The private hot tubs, a lusted-after perk in the growing UK staycation market, allow guests to immerse themselves in nature – even on chillier days when you might otherwise be wrapped up indoors.
However, the winding country roads of the nearby area do mean that, unless you want a truly uninterrupted weekend, this is a destination better suited to those with a vehicle.