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Features & Facilities
The shepherd's hut has a wood-frame double bed, a sofa, a 32-inch smart TV and a well-equipped kitchen area with a microwave, hob, fridge, kettle and toaster. The hut is self-contained and en-suite, with a luxury rain shower and proper flushing loo, while, outside, there is a hot tub.
A 15-minute drive will take you to St Mary’s House in the picturesque and award-winning downland village of Bramber. The historic 15th-century timber-framed house has magnificent gardens and charming cottage-style tea rooms for post walk refreshments. Gallops Farm is also 20 minutes away from Ferring beach, a pebble beach that exposes sand and rock pools at low tide. Ferring also has a lovely beach café called the Bluebird serving superb breakfasts, lunch and takeaway fish and chips. If you’re willing to travel a little further, 17th-century Petworth Park and House is 30 minutes, filled with an international art and sculpture collection and surrounded by 700-acres of deer-dotted parkland. Tilgate Nature Centre is another great option for a fun day out, 35 minutes from Gallops – the expanse of lakes, lawns and gardens contains a maze as well as a Nature Centre housing otter, owls, parrots and more.
Food & Drink
You can walk to the Gun Inn (01903 872235) and the Village House (019038 73350) both in the village of Findon, about 15–20 minutes' stroll away and with plenty of olde world charm (both are dog friendly and have beer gardens). If you're looking for local produce to cook yourself, The Village Larder (01903 891744) based at the local Garden Centre in Washington (a 10-minute drive away) has everything from fruit and veg to cheese and chutneys, as well as meat from Hutchings, the local butchers.
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Don't rely on your SatNav to find Gallops Farm, as it turns you on to a rough back track to the farm before you reach Findon Village. Instead, heading South on the A24, come down to Findon roundabout (continuing past the turning SatNavs try to take you up). Take the first left off Findon roundabout down School Hill. At the bottom of School Hill there's a crossroads; go straight across, then take the almost first left (after about 40 meters) up Stable Lane. Gallops Farm is at the very top of Stable Lane. Go up to the top of the drive and then bare round to the right.
Gallops Farm is approximately 10 miles from Worthing train station. A taxi from the station to Gallops Farm would be in the region of £15. If you are a sustainable traveller, it will take around 30 minutes to cycle from Worthing Train station. Be prepared for the odd hill... you are coming onto the Downs.