Location & Local Area
Oldfield House is ideally suited to take advantage of practically every holiday or weekend inclination be it country walks in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, anything connected with the beautiful harbour, beaches and sea, motor racing or things cultural or equestrian. There are plenty of pubs and some good restaurants in the area.
- Located on the corner of the main street and Waterstone Close.
- Oldfield House is at the heart of Itchenor and within a three minute walk of The Ship Inn and a five minute walk to Itchenor Sailing Club, and a few minutes more to the foreshore of Chichester Harbour. There is an all-tides public boat launching area and Itchenor is the base for the Solar heritage boat tours around the harbour. The harbour is well known for its birding habitat where 55,000 birds migrate through or are resident in the waters each year and where seals can be seen too. A public footpath alongside the harbour leads to East Head or one can walk in the opposite direction on another public footpath to the yacht basins at Birdham and Chichester.
- For culture lovers there is the Chichester Festival Theatre which is internationally renowned for its wide range of productions from musicals to comedy, classic and new dramas; and the Pallant House Gallery featuring high spec Modern Art along with temporary and permanent exhibitions, workshops and talks. Well-known gardens in the vicinity include West Dean Gardens, Parham House, Denmans and Petworth Park.
- Should one wish to go racing, under half an hour by car is the famous Goodwood race course. Situated on top of the South Downs, it has to be one of the most spectacular courses in Europe. Famous for regular horse racing meets, the Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and the Golf Club. Fontwell racecourse is also close by.
- A short drive from Oldfield House are the Witterings with their award-winning beaches, both sand and pebble, that offer a variety of activities and tuition to include: surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), canoeing, scuba diving and bicycle hire.
- The village of East Wittering is a few minutes' drive away and has banks, cash machines, a post office in the Co-op, butchers, greengrocers, a bakery and a parade of shops offering local produce.
- For those with an historical interest there are Roman Palaces at Fishbourne and Bignor, Chichester Cathedral with its Norman origins, Arundel Castle which has been home to the Dukes of Norfolk and his family since the end of the 11th century, and Petworth with its array of antique shops and Petworth House (National Trust).
- A little further afield but less than forty minutes away, is Portsmouth and Southsea with its famous tower, shopping centres and the Historical Dockyard which is home to Nelson's flagship, the Victory and the Mary Rose.