Hey everyone, today’s blog post is all about my little staycation in Easebourne earlier this year. I decided last minute that for the weekend before my birthday I wanted to go on a mini-staycation as at this point I wanted to get out of London after the lockdown. At that time we were only allowed to stay in self-catered places so I popped on Airbnb to see what was available.
I didn’t want to drive too far from London as I am not the greatest fan of long-distance driving. As I was booking very last minute there wasn’t a lot of availability, however, I managed to find this really cute cabin in Easebourne which is located near Chichester and was only around an hour and forty-five minutes from where I live. As soon as I saw the photos I fell in love with it as I knew that I would feel really safe and happy there. It was about £75-95 per night and I stayed for two nights as I had plans the following week so I couldn’t stay any longer and it was also booked.
I arrived at the cabin on Saturday afternoon after stopping by the local supermarket on the way to get some food for the weekend. I was quite tired from the drive so I didn’t go out anywhere else that evening. Instead, I cosied up in front of the TV with a ready-made curry and just relaxed.
The next day was the only full day of this trip so I decided to make the most of it. I woke up quite early as I often do when I am away as it takes me a while to get used to another bed. I had a croissant in the cabin with a cup of tea whilst watching some Netflix. The weather wasn’t great but I knew that I had to make the most of it as I was going home the next day. I always like to do a bit of research of the place that I am going to visit in case there is anywhere in particular that I would like to visit.
One of the places that I wanted to visit on this trip was the Cowdray Heritage Ruins. The ruins are “one of England’s most important early Tudor houses and Cowdray is known to have been visited by both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.” At the time due to covid, as well as restorations, being made on the ruins I was only able to book a guided tour which was only £8 and lasted around an hour. I’m not usually a guided tour person but I actually really enjoyed this one as there were only 3 of us and the tour guide so we got to ask any questions that we had with great ease. I definitely recommend visiting the ruins as there is definitely lots of history to learn.
After my tour, I did try and visit the local farm shop and cafe however, the cafe was pretty packed as it was pouring with rain by then. I also walked past the polo club which was interesting to see as I had never seen anyone play polo in person. I decided to head into the local town of Midhurst for the rest of the afternoon instead.
Midhurst is a market town and is quite different from where I live. It is very quaint and I feel like most people would know each other. There are mostly a lot of charity shops as well as some independent shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs. I had a look around the shops as it was one of my friend’s birthday the next day so I wanted to pick something up for her.
Afterward, I had set my sights on a roast dinner so I went in search of one which was quite optimistic as I hadn’t pre-booked anywhere. Luckily I was able to find a pub that had availability for one so I was very happy. I opted for a roast beef dinner which was okay but was a bit disappointing too. I then headed back through the town to my car and drove back to the cabin for the evening as it was quite a full-on day. Also, all of the shops shut at four on a Sunday so there wasn’t much more for me to look at. For the rest of the evening, I just watched TV and had some snacks as I didn’t want to eat a full meal again.
The next day I got up earlier to have some breakfast and a cup of tea before packing everything up. I always make sure to leave somewhere as I found it so I spent a bit of time tidying up before checking out and making my way back to London. I had a really lovely weekend away as it was so lovely just to be in the countryside for a bit and explore somewhere new. If I had a bit more time I would have loved to visit Chichester as I have heard that it’s a lovely town.