The Willows Lakeside Retreat




The Willows Lakeside Retreat is situated just beside the South Downs National Park in Pulborough, West Sussex.


If you are wanting an escape then come relax and recharge whilst enjoying the beauty of nature.


With only a couple of dwellings around the lake this is truly like a private retreat.


The Willows is also available for entire private hire for weddings and retreats.


You will be sharing the space with the other residents. including badgers, deer, heron, kingfishers, dragonflies and bats who swoop over the lake.  Buzzards circle overhead and you can enjoy the sound of the dawn chorus, the beautiful song of the nightingales and at night the call of the owls.


Whilst sitting around your private fire you can also marvel at the stars in this dark skies area.


You may wish to just enjoy nature and relax beside the lake reading, writing and just being or for those of you more active there is so much to do in the local area.


Within walking distance is the RSPB at Pulborough Brooks an internationally important wetland for migrating birds. We are also not far from the Knepp Estate, Parham Park,  Arundel Castle, Petworth Park and numerous other places of interest.


There are plenty of walking routes to enjoy with local vineyards and pubs en route, or cycling around the country lanes or kayaking down the River Arun.


The Willows is easy to get to to by public transport with a direct train line from London Victoria to Pulborough station in 1-hour 15 minutes and 2 miles from the station either by foot or by taxi. There is also the number one bus that goes past every hour from Worthing to Midhurst.


The Willows Retreat is off grid and comes with solar lighting, power to recharge your phone, a compost toilet and a solar shower for a truly ecological back to nature experience.




"It was wonderful to lie in bed in the shepherd’s hut, gazing out over the lake. Or to sit on the veranda with a good book, listening to the wind in the trees and watching the heron, motionless by the water’s edge. We heard the nightingales sing at dusk. This the perfect place to enjoy the dawn chorus, and to celebrate midsummer"

Jane Crawley


It was lovely to wake

with a view of the lake

the heron stretching his toes by the edge;

to relax on a chair

by a 4 step stair

and wait for the sun on the flowering sedge

Antony Melville 

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