An architect-designed, Grade II-listed haven set within idyllic garden and woodland, beautifully secluded along a tranquil country lane in a West Sussex village.
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2-3 nights

Visually striking and rich in rural charm, The Nest at Severels is part of a rare Grade II-listed property, designed by the noted architect Walter Greaves as his family home.

Described by Historic England as “a particularly finely-executed example of post-war architecture”, the timber-clad house was constructed back in 1980, yet it still appears gloriously cutting-edge.

The location is pretty special, too. Beautifully tucked away along a quiet country lane in the village of Runcton – just two miles from bustling Chichester – you’ll be achingly close to the best of coast, country, and culture, yet with that dreamy feeling of being far away from ‘real’ life.

And since the house is set amongst four magnificent acres of magical garden and woodland, complete with a sparkling river running through, you may find there’s no need to leave this blissful place at all!

Sleeping up to four guests, you’ll find the interior both stylish and spacious, making the most of those soothing garden views.

You’ll find a well-equipped kitchenette and a comfy dining booth downstairs, along with a lounge furnished with snuggly seating, toasty underfloor heating, and a Smart TV for relaxed evenings in.

Simply head upstairs to make your choice from two cosy bedrooms; one kingsize room with a bath, and a twin room that can be made into a double on request (this room can also feature a third small bed, if you’re bringing an extra little one along!)

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At a glance

  • A self-contained, two-storey annexe in a striking Grade II-listed property originally designed by the noted architect Walter Greaves as his family home in 1980.
  • Sleeping up to 4 guests, the retreat is surrounded by four acres of garden and woodland, along a quiet country lane in the village of Runcton, West Sussex.
  • Guests enjoy private access to half of the grounds, which can be used to play games, explore, and relax in! There is also a raised garden terrace with plenty of furniture, and a firepit.
  • Both bedrooms are upstairs; a kingsize room with a small bath, and a twin or double with room for a small single bed on request.
  • There is plenty to see and do in all directions, including the South coast beaches and the South Downs National Park, shopping and sightseeing in Chichester, or taking in an event at Goodwood.


  • Family Friendly


Self-contained annexe in an architect-designed retreat, sleeps 4 guests.  Ground floor: open plan living space with 2 sofas, underfloor heating, Smart TV, Wi-Fi.  Well-equipped kitchenette, dining booth for 4 guests.  Shower room with WC, sink and shower.  First floor: kingsize bedroom with small bath, twin or double room (third small bed can be provided on request).  Outside: private raised garden terrace with furniture, selection of garden games, firepit, parking for 3 cars, electric car charging point on request, bike storage.

Local Activities

Beaches, South Downs National Park, shopping, sightseeing, festivals, walking, cycling, picnic spots, historic sites, pubs, restaurants, nightlife

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Whichever room you choose, you can look forward to waking up to the most exquisite views of rustling trees from the dual-aspect windows.

After a sound night’s sleep, freshen up in the downstairs shower room. Then, why not linger over that morning coffee and freshly-cooked breakfast out on your raised garden terrace, to a joyous soundtrack of birdsong? The garden sits on a bird flight path to Pagham Harbour, so is ideal for twitchers!

You’ll have private access to half of the stunning grounds, so if you feel like playing garden games, exploring the ‘secret’ footpaths, or just relaxing with a good book, your scene is perfectly set.

Otherwise, you could amble your way to Runcton’s friendly farm shop and pub, cycle over to Pagham Beach (the renowned dunes at West Wittering are also a mere 15 minutes away by car), take in an event at Goodwood, or pay a visit to the South Downs National Park.

The choice, rather wonderfully, is yours.

Things to note

2-night minimum stay. Pets are not permitted.

Where you'll be staying

Chichester, West Sussex

What the guests of The Nest at Severels say

“We stayed with the brilliant hosts David and Clare, in a really lovely part of the house. The part of the house is tucked away and opens onto the very impressive garden. It was very clean, tidy and well very comfortable.  Everything was new, and our hosts made us feel very welcome but also, made us feel that we could ask them anything. Nothing was too much trouble. We stayed as a family of 4 and the living space was perfect for us, with some well thought out touches. It’s a very beautiful and quiet place to stay, being far from the main road, and the garden and house are a special find. Highly recommend it, and we are already looking forward to visiting again.”

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