An award-winning, eco-friendly Grand Design with a vast natural swimming pond, surrounded by the soul-soothing charms of nature and endless coastal walks in a West Sussex AONB.
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 6.5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Immersed in nature and featuring a beautiful natural swimming pond (that you can dive straight into from the kitchen door!) The Water Shed is an award-winning West Sussex eco-home that was also featured on the popular TV show, Grand Designs.

Owners Daniel and Nina – an architect and an interior, lighting, and furniture designer respectively – designed and built the magnificent timber-clad house themselves, completely from scratch. They specifically chose the peaceful 1.5-acre setting in Bosham for the village’s compelling natural beauty and breezy coastal walks.

Perfect for whole families in need of a soul-soothing escape, The Water Shed sleeps up to ten guests in five sumptuous bedrooms. And since two well-behaved dogs are also welcome to stay, nobody has to stay at home.

That’s good, because everyone should get to experience this true haven for relaxation, in which every last detail has been carefully thought through. Drop lighting, real fires, and cosy rugs combine with high-end appliances – including a Delonghi coffee machine to charge your mornings! – and toasty underfloor heating to make your stay feel effortlessly luxurious.

There’s even a playroom for the little ones, so you can pour a glass of wine, slide open the glass doors, and from the comfy kitchen sofa, watch the late afternoon sunshine dance across that glorious swimming pond. Festooned with lily pads and butterflies, there’s a chance you’ll catch a rare bird washing its wings… while if you’re really lucky, you might even catch sight of a deer in the distance.

Meanwhile, double-height glazing, a gleaming glass atrium, and scenic ‘floating’ balconies on the first and second floors capture those incredible natural vistas to scenic perfection.

But if you decide to get up close and personal with the outside, you’ll find plenty to captivate your senses. The regenerative, rich-hued garden resembles a miniature jungle, there’s a tennis court to practise your serve, and a crackling firepit to tell stories around.

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At a glance

  • An award-winning, glass-fronted eco-home with a natural swimming pond, designed and built by an architect and interior designer, and featured on TV’s Grand Designs.
  • The luxurious home is secluded amongst 1.5 acres of nature in the coastal village of Bosham, West Sussex – part of a designated AONB and SSSI.
  • There are 5 bedrooms, sleeping a total of 10 guests, with 2 well-behaved dogs also welcome to stay.
  • There is a dedicated children’s playroom, while outside awaits a wood-fired hot tub, a beautiful regenerative garden, and a canoe and paddleboard for watersports.


  • Disability Accessible
  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs
  • Large Groups
  • Off-Grid
  • Seaside Breaks
  • Swimming Pools


Seating, TVs, iPad, superfast broadband internet, Bose Bluetooth speaker. Kitchen with sofa, electric oven, Delonghi coffee machine, welcome hamper, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, sliding glass doors to natural swimming pond. Laundry room with washing machine and dryer. Children’s playroom with toys and games. Kingsize bedroom with en-suite with freestanding bath and walk-in shower, double bedroom, bunk room with trundle bed and en-suite shower, second floor double room with adjoining WC. Family bathroom with freestanding bath and shower. Outside: unheated chemical-free swimming pond with paddleboard and canoe provided, regenerative garden with seating, firepit, wood-fired hot tub, tennis court, private drive with space for 8 cars. Linen, towels, bathrobes and starter pack of logs/kindling provided.

Local Activities

Coastal walks, cycling, nature-watching, picnic stops, stargazing, watersports, beaches, shops, pubs, galleries, historic sites

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Oh – and not forgetting the wood-fired hot tub that’s ideal for stargazing… or just as a wonderful pick-me-up after an invigorating dip in the unheated, self-purifying pond! A paddleboard and canoe are supplied too, for those who want to indulge in a few watersports.  The newest addition to the house is a delightful sauna, overlooking the pool – how idyllic!

In the mood to explore further afield? A mere pebble-skim from Bosham harbour, you can take long, lazy walks by the historic quay, and there are plenty of shops, galleries, and pubs to wind your merry way in and out of.

Otherwise, head to bustling Chichester for foodie stops and even more historic sightseeing, before spending another perfect evening at The Water Shed with your favourite people.

Things to note

Check in at 4pm, check out by 10am (4pm checkout on a Sunday if guests have stayed for 2 nights). A cot and highchair are available for younger children. Please note that the natural pond is unfenced and deep in places, so children must be supervised by an adult at all times.  No dogs permitted.

Where you'll be staying

Chichester, West Sussex

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