3.8 miles N of Arundel


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Bedroom details

2 Bedrooms (Sleeps 4 + cot)

Bedroom 1

1 x king

Bedroom 2

1 x zip and link

Set deep in the West Sussex countryside, Olea is a peach of a cottage that we're delighted to welcome into our portfolio. Bedecked in thatch and climbing roses and with golden stone walls and pretty lead-lined windows, it's as close to 'chocolate box pretty' that it gets and stepping inside, you're met with interiors to match. Embracing the traditional country feel without skimping on modern luxuries, this wonderful dog friendly homestay with open plan living area sleeps up to four, making it perfect for couples and families alike. Set in the pretty village of Amberley, Olea is less than two hours from London and perfectly positioned to explore this beautifully picturesque county. From here it's a short distance from Goodwood, Arundel, the South Downs National Park and fabulous beaches such as the Witterings and Littlehampton West Beach.


We're a little bit (okay, a lot) in love with Olea's stunning sitting room. With brushed wooden floor, vaulted ceiling, large chandelier and exposed brick and stone walls, there's a pretty wood burner set into the walls plus plenty of seating that includes a deep, mustard yellow velvet sofa and a snug sage green loveseat. Filled with antiques and collectables, this is a gorgeous space that's also home to a record player and records, digital radio, smart speaker/Alexa and a Smart TV. From here, attractive oak stairs lead up to the mezzanine level.


Steps lead up to the quintessentially rustic English kitchen, where Kilner jars and collectables line the walls, and bespoke cupboards contain everything you'll need to rustle up meals. With stone floors and tiled walls, there are all the essentials such as the Stoves oven with induction hob, dishwasher, fridge with ice box and washer-dryer, whilst a Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine is on hand for the perfect pick-me-up in the morning. This room has a lovely skylight above, making it a bright room for prepping meals.

The kitchen comes complete with antique oak rectory table, chairs, and a 17th century monk's bench for dining. This atmospheric space is oak framed with huge windows so offers plenty of light and leads out into the courtyard garden - perfect for leaving open on summery nights to let the fresh air waft through.


There are two stunning bedrooms at Olea.

The master bedroom on the ground floor is sheer perfection; with exposed brick and stone walls, tones of cream and dusty pinks and a sumptuous king-sized bed, you'll not find a more fairy-tale room to fall asleep in. Bedecked in lustrous artwork and twinkling lights, every attention to detail has been carefully thought through. A chest of drawers and hanging space provide opportunity to stow away belongings.

The second bedroom, set on the mezzanine level, is equally beautiful. With semi-vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, the bed is a zip-and-link, meaning it can be made up as twin beds or a king, depending on your party requirements. In natural tones throughout and with a pretty window seat, a chest is provided for belongings. Please note that this is a bijou bedroom, with eaves and curtain rather than a door, so more suitable for children or a second couple staying a night or two.


The family bathroom is set on the ground floor next to the master bedroom. Bedecked both in tiles and exposed brick and stone, this lovely room has a roll top bath with shower overhead. We just love the rustic sink and gorgeous fixtures and fittings. Underfloor heating and a custom-built radiator for towels makes this stunning bathroom very cosy, whatever time of year it is.

Outdoor space

Olea has an oh-so-pretty courtyard garden with lovely brick paving, complete with table and chairs for alfresco dining under a leafy arbour. Bedecked with planters, troughs and climbing foliage the garden also benefits from two garden benches and a large 'resting' plantation chair that catches the afternoon sun - perfect for sprawling on during hot summer days. Once twilight descends, pretty lights imbue a magical feel making the garden a delightful spot for evening drinks.


On street parking is available to the front of the cottage.

Babies and children

Olea welcomes babies and children.

Please note that Olea is a quirky old cottage which features a galleried, mezzanine balcony-level bedroom set high above the living room, with an open tread staircase, and a log burner which may be unsuitable for young children.


Up to two well-behaved dogs are most welcome. Two bowls and dog towels are provided. Please note, there is an additional fee per dog, per week or short break.

In the Area

Whether you're a foodie, an explorer or looking simply for some peace and quiet, Olea is fabulously positioned within an easy reach of great places to visit. For dining out, just 2 minutes' walk away is The Black Horse, a beautiful pub restaurant just perfect for an atmospheric supper, whilst The Pig in Madehurst is just a short drive away - a magical venue! There are a plethora of other fine eateries in Arundel, Midhurst and the surrounding area too, so you're spoilt for choice. For places to visit, there is horse racing at Goodwood Estate, polo at Cowdray Park in Midhurst, the castles at Amberley and Arundel are well worth a visit. Arundel also has a great cathedral, a 10 day Festival of the Arts, plus renowned antique shops and a farmers market. For a day at the beach, look no further than the Witterings, Littlehampton West Beach, Climping or Pagham Harbour (a wildlife reserve with a stony beach - great for a barbeque), whilst the South Downs National Park is a must for breath taking views, walking, cycling or horse riding - bridleways and footpaths are literally just behind Olea that lead straight on to the Downs. For quenching your thirst, there are three excellent vineyards nearby (Wiston, Nyetimber and Bolney) for an afternoon of wine tasting. The extraordinary Knepp Rewilding Project is nearby for wildlife safaris, and history lovers will find the Roman villa in Bignor Estate fascinating, whilst you can hire boats and paddle boards on the River Arun, and be prepared to be stunned at the scenery wherever you are.

Escape to our romantic thatched cottage in the West Sussex countryside, promising the perfect setting for a luxury getaway for four - it's dog friendly too...

At a glance

From £836 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 4 + cot | 2 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome

Key features

Downstairs bedroom

Family friendly

Picturesque village setting

Short drive to beaches


Thatched cottage

Under 2 hours from London

Vineyards nearby

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Courtyard Garden


Dog friendly

Walking distance to a pub

Wood Burner

Within 3 hours of London

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £40 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £38 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Olea:

We had a super new year's stay in Olea. It's a beautiful cottage with so much to enjoy on the doorstep - walks on the South Down's Way, delicious meals in the Black Horse an a lovely secluded garden. It was the perfect place to start 2024.

Lovely and peaceful nice location also the local shop was stocked with everything you needed and they were so friendly and helpful

A wonderful, magical stay.

A wonderful stay in a delightful cottage, full of charm. Cosy, spotlessly clean and very well appointed.

It was an absolutely delightful little house. So full of individuality and superb personal touches throughout. I could not have been happier! The village location was also amazing, I could walk the South Downs Way without needing to take my car and the pub in the village dished up the best roast beef dinner I have ever had!

Loved it … an absolutely lovely place and such a great location.

Quite simply perfect in every way.

Lovely cute cottage in a beautiful village with a very good eating pub in walking distance.

Really lovely property! Charming and cosy inside and out. Really appreciated the many thoughtful touches with fresh flowers, a hamper of local foods and wine, and a selection of high quality treats for our dog. A magical experience!

A beautiful bijou bolthole in a very special little village that sits within walking distance of the South Downs and everything it has to offer. Small, but perfectly formed. Highly recommended.

Lovely quirky home from home.

The Retreat was beautiful, the decor and everything in the cottage was just lovely. They had thought of everything, we had a beautiful Hamper waiting on our arrival and the little touches made it much more than we expected. The village as a whole was very pretty and had that quintessential countryside feel, very relaxing and peaceful! We really had a wonderful time and we would like to thank you and Olea for letting us stay at a beautiful property.

Quirky, eclectic, peaceful, and welcoming.

Could not reccomend this place enough. It's absolutely stunning. We had the most comfortable and luxurious stay at Olea. Such an amazing atmosphere both in the cottage and in the village.

A beautiful cottage in glorious countryside especially for walking the South Downs etc. The village is glorious and a huge variety of things to do. The cottage and the whole village is very dog friendly.

Had a wonderful stay, we loved the cottage, Amberley village, Black Horse pub, and surrounding countywide walks.

We loved our stay at this beautiful cottage. The interiors were stunning and we were very comfortable during our time here.

An absolutely beautiful hide a way, we will definitely be back, it was heaven !!!

A really lovely cottage in a beautiful village. Such care and love has gone into the look and furnishings to make it comfortable and a special place to stay.

This is a beautiful, quirky and cosy cottage. Well equipped.The location is brilliant. We thoroughly enjoyed our few days stay. A little gem!

Absolute perfection! Pure bliss, and by far the most luxurious place I have ever stayed in. Such love and attention to detail. Thank you so much, Mike and Karen. We absolutely loved our stay here. View of the amount was just breathtaking, and there are so many amazing places nearby to explore. Definitely worth trying the Victoria Inn at Perranuthnoe. Also Kynance Cove and Porthcurno were greets days back. We ran out of time and would absolutely love to come back again.

Beautiful cottage, lovely location - we had the best time.

We had a wonderful few days in a beautiful cottage which was extremely comfortable in a fantastic location and would love to return. Thank you so much.

Wonderful retreat and perfect for a romantic weekend. If offers everything one wants and has a very relaxing feel about it .

We were thrilled when we walked in the cottage and the thought and love thats gone into this little gem of a retreat was evident, so many lovely touches, utterly unique with everything needed and more to provide us with a comfortable and welcoming stay including the welcome basket. Our young twins were in awe of their bedroom upstairs, with the main bedroom downstairs this was the perfect layout for us as a family and our dog. Even dog bowls and towels were left. I could go on forever with the utter loveliness of this cottage and the owner who was so accommodating and caring and went out of her way to make this a perfect stay. The pretty village is a quaint and friendly with such a treat of a pottery on the street. If you do stay do check out The Black Horse pub 2 mins away - the food was an absolute highlight of our visit. If this stay is anything to go by we'll be sticking with Boutique retreats in future.

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