There is a lot to do locally! Chichester is a cultural centre with its Festival and Minerva Theatres, renowned Pallant House Gallery and impressive cathedral.
The closest shopping centre is 4 miles away at East Wittering, where you will find really good greengrocers, bakeries, a fishmonger and a Tesco and Co-Op. You can buy almost anything in East Wittering, from shoes and wet-suits to local fudge and crabs. Our favourite restaurant, Samphire, is also there, but it is tiny, and you'll need to book. Billy's on the Beach is just that (right on the beach) - and great for everything from breakfast to supper, is licenced and all served with a view of the English Channel.
Fishbourne Roman Palace is close by to the west and Arundel Castle and grounds to the east. Slightly further afield is Portsmouth, with its historic dockyard, the Mary Rose and The Victory. Tangmere's Aviation Museum is well worth a visit. Goodwood House can be visited, as can the wonderful Cass Sculpture Park close by.
You can see Chichester Harbour from the water, on boat tours arranged through The Harbour Office at Itchenor, and if you have a small boat or sailing dinghy, you can launch from the hard at Itchenor.
You can hire windsurfers, kite surfers and stand-up paddleboards from the famous sandy West Wittering Beach and the walk along to East Head is unmissable.
There is wonderful walking up on The South Downs, The Trundle and Kingley Vale being our favourites. Pagham Harbour, approached via Church Norton is a lovely area and a special place for bird watching, as is Medmerry Reserve.
The Saltern's Way is a cycle route mainly alongside Chichester Harbour, an Area of Outstanding Beauty, and runs from West Wittering right through to central Chichester.