Guest Book


Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful cottage. So nice and peaceful and far removed from the hustle and bustle. We will definitely recommend this place.

Darren, Julie & Katie, Sussex & Hampshire

August 2022


Dear Sara,
We Felt very comfi in your beautiful cottage. We could eat outside int he garden every day. We and especially Loki, enjoyed the walks in the surrounding. Those great footpaths and numerous bridalways! Great!
From here we have been able to see some great things: We especially enjoyed the afternoon tea at Goodwood House (Afternoon Tea at Goodwood House), Arundel city (Visit Arundel - Arundel's Tourism Information Site) and castle (Arundel Castle & Gardens)!, West Beach in Littlehampton (West Beach – Visit Littlehampton), Worthing (Welcome to Worthing - It’s time to take a closer look - Time for Worthing) and Brighton (VisitBrighton: Brighton's official tourism site), 'Out of Bounds' in Angmering (Out of Bounds | West Sussex Indoor & Outdoor Activity Centre ( where we played Adventure Golf, Stonehenge (2 hours away - Stonehenge | English Heritage (, Chichester (Visit Chichester: Where to Eat and Things to Do ( and of course London (1.5 hours by train - Welcome to London - We would like to thank you again for looking after Loki that day. Thank you very much!!.

Robert, Andrea, Leon, Thilo & Loki the dog, Schönenberg, Germany

July 2022


Thank you for your kind generosity and help during our stay. Cottage had everything we needed, garden very peaceful. Would fully recommend. Thank you.

Barbara & Peter, Bury St. Edmunds

June 2022


Great to be back in Patching, staying in your lovely cottage, Sara and Neville. So glad the thrush is still singing in the back garden at dusk, music to our ears! Exciting seeing the fox in the field too. Glad he didn't catch the pheasant though! Many thanks and see you in August.

Jane & Brian, Reading

June 2022


Sara, Thank you so much for the Jubilee weekend in your cottage. From the very 1st when booking you have been an absolute pleasure. The cottage is lovely, beautiful garden and village. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge, which made our stay so much more enjoyable.
Many thanks.

Janine, Terry, Lillie, Noah & Bono the dog, Lancashire

June 2022


Thank you for the most amazing holiday! Perfect location to recharge our batteries. You have a beautiful cottage that was fab to stay in! Thank you!
Best wishes.

Jane, Antony, Amy, Emily & Bo, the dog, Basildon

May/June 2022


Sara, Thank you for a lovely week, Your cottage and garden are wonderful, just purfik. Your historical knowledge is fascinating and interesting. Made my week to meet Corrie and Pepsi stayed calm! We went on lovely walks together and saw a Barn owl for the first time in its natural habitat. Saw a young deer too! Patching is a fabulous little village and we'd all like to come and stay with you in the future. Thank you for being so kind, welcoming and understanding. Bless you xx
Best wishes

Dave, Deb & Greg, Pepsi (the dog), Worcestershire

May 2022


Long let, winter 2021/22......


Many thanks for a lovely stay. Quiet and comfortable and everything we needed to visit friends & family. Best wishes.

Lesley, Kevin & David, Northumberland

October 2021


Our third (possibly 4th) visit to France Cottage. The cottage is as welcoming as ever & a peaceful and restful haven. The weather has been mixed - some good days and some rainy days with gales! We were lucky enough to hear barn owls most evenings between 9pm and 10pm, and enjoyed a visit to RSPB reserve at Pulborough Brooks ( where we watched a couple of marsh harriers above the wetlands.

Jane & Brian, Reading

September/October 2021


So fortunate to have a whole week of glorious warm weather & sea swimming. Enjoyed your lovely cottage. Many thanks to the two plumbers!

Sue & Griff, Surrey

September 2021


We can't praise your cottage enough - so restful. And beautiful because you have kept so many original features. A garden to die for! - we loved it. 'The Worlds End' ( is FANTASTIC - we were so well looked after. We'll be back! xxx

Anita, Phil & Becks, Southend

September 2021


Lovely cottage, perfect for visiting our family. Thank you.

Rob & Pauline, Gloucestershire

September 2021


We really enjoyed our short break here, even the weather was good! Thank you. Had a good meal and friendly welcome at The Worlds End ( for the birthday girl and a sunny day at Ferrring beach and café (

Julia, Simon, Clare & Jay, Winchester

September 2021


Great stay. Lovely area. Great gardens. Super country cottage & gardens. - Thanks a lot.

Henry & Halia, Barnsley

September 2021


Beautiful cottage, perfectly clean & fabulous gardens. Will hopefully come back. Only recommendation would be to install a shower! (We are looking at this to work out how/where) Tried both local pubs, The Worlds End ( & The Fox ( - both excellent.

Joy, Mark, Holly, Dan & Willow, the dog, Manchester

September 2021


Really enjoyed our first visit to the cottage, especially the open fire (who cares it's August). We used the two local pubs ( &, both were very good. Had some great walks, locals very friendly and helpful. We were aware of the bathroom arrangement on booking, however having used it, feel it would be greatly enhanced by a useable shower. Many thanks.

Tony, Anne & Angela, Hertfordshire

August/September 2021


Lovely homely and relaxing stay. Close to everything we wanted and far enough away from any noise. Thank you very much.

Jason, Lucy, Cody & Zak, Cambridge

August 2021


Another lovely relaxing stay at France Cottage. Thank you Sara for your hospitality and our informative chats. The garden remains a delight and we will return when availability allows.

Sue, Paul & Anna, London

August 2021


Lovely homely cottage, beutiful gardens which the dog enjoyed exploring.Visited lots of wonderful places including Beachy Head (Beachy Head - Visit Eastbourne) & Brighton (Visit Brighton - The Official Brighton and Hove Tourist Information Site). Great family time was had by all. Thank you very much.

Phil, Lisa, Morgan & Ewan with Ruckley the Hungarian Vizla, West Midlands

August 2021


Lovely stay, very much enjoyed by us all and the dogs.

Holly, Philip & Archie, Leicestershire

August 2021


Thank you for a lovely stay. The week has gone by too quick. Seeing our family has been the best as they live not to far away. Both our dogs are looking forward to going home for a rest as they have loved the large garden. Will miss seeing the barn owl every evening in the field next to us. Best time to see it is between 8:30-9:00pm, just before darkness. Also the deer in the same field.
Best beach to go on if you have dogs is Rustington. They are allowed off lead anytime of year.

Julie & Kevin with Jimmy & Rosie the dogs, Northamptonshire

July 2021


Delightful cottage, great walks & good local pub (The Worlds End - We got to see a hawk hunting and, a snowy owl flying over the field at dusk and lots of lovely bats. Beautiful garden too - and thanks for arranging the weather - it was perfect. We shall return!

Richard & Marcia, Cambridgeshire

July 2021


Goodwood, Thurs/Friday stay. Lovely little cottage. Comfy beds, friendly host, what more do you need. Thank you. 

Ant, Dave, Dan & Harley, Cornwall

July 2021


Thank you Sara. We loved our stay in your cottage, a perfect break, in a lovely cottage. See you again soon, when we visit our sons. 

Kay & Marion, Nottinghamshire

June 2021


It has felt so good to be back. 1 FRANCE COTTAGES is as welcoming as ever! Thank you Sara & Neville for letting us share your lovely cottage and garden. It is the perfect place to return to after a day at the beach-hut! The song of the thrush at dusk is the icing on the cake! P.S. The bed was brilliant!!

Jane & Brian, Reading

June 2021


Just what we needed. Amazing to leave our house after such a long time. Absolutely loved the cottage and the most beautiful garden. Realised that what we all needed was a rest and this was the perfect place. Thank you Sara for sharing information regarding the cottage and surrounding areas. We shall definitely return.

Sue, Paul & Anna, London

May 2021


We had a very relaxing mini stay in your family's old home. We had long local walks, visited the sites and enjoyed nights in by the fire. Thank you for your advice and hospitality. Everything was perfect.
Review by Betsie & Baxter: Woof, Woof !

Doug, Donna with Baxter & Betsie, the dogs, Kent

May 2021


We couldn't have found a more lovely cottage to stay in while our own home was being packed to move north. Sara made us utterly welcome. Such a pretty place with beautiful views.

Dominic, Christa & Coraline, Sussex

May 2021


A lovely short break, could stay longer! Enjoyed Littlehampton West Beach (, fish & chips by the river at Freds ( and walking in the bluebell woods. Great to have a big garden to relax in! Thank you.

Helen, Richard, Alice & Elizabeth, Buckinghamshire

May 2021


Such an amazing cottage with everything you need to have a wonderful break away, but all the comforts of home. A really enjoyable few days sitting in the beautiful garden listening to so many birds and just totally chilling! Thanks Sara for the lovely walk up to Windy Ridge, such fantastic views!

Jo & Derek, Sussex

April 2021


We had a lovely stay and we could stay forever, will definitely be back again.

Ann Christa, Chris & Dayzee the dog, Surrey

April 2021


Delightful to sit in your lovely garden and listen to the birds and in the evening to enjoy a real log fire!
Thank you!.

Kate & Daniel, London

April 2021


Lovely stay!
Thanks for all your good care..

Fre, Mark & Josephine, Sussex

February 2021


Had a lovely few days here. Weather not great so we have appreciated the cosines of the cottage! Lovely walk in Petworth Park (https://w and a good blow at Chanctonbury Ring (, also a walk in Collins Short Walks book). Had a lovely meal at the Findon Black Horse ( Thanks for having us!.

Stephen, Helen & Sam with Digby the dog, Tonbridge, Kent

October 2020


We have had a lovely relaxing couple of days in this very nice cottage. It was perfect for the 4 of us and our sausage dog. Lovely walks from the house itself and a couple of trips to Worthing, Rustington and Littlehampton for the sea air and for the kids to get their feet wet! We would definitely return.

Stella, Alex, Joe & Jack, Hampshire

October 2020


We have had a really good stay - lots of walks. The weather was kind to us. Thanks to our host for information. Thanks Sara

Stephen & Jacqui, Ipswitch

October 2020


Thank you for a lovely week at your cottage Sara. We loved reading about the history of the cottage in your welcome book! Love your garden and comfy beds. We love how you have tried to keep it as a traditional english cottage with the fireplaces and bathroom, but have added a bit of the modern world in the form of washer and dishwasher. Enough mumbling from me now!
Again, thank you.

Natalie, Justin, Alex & Jack, Washington, Tyne & Wear

August 2020


A lovely cottage in a fantastic location. We have had a wonderful break.

Lisa & Terry, Surrey

July 2020


Had a wonderful 9 days here - The cottage was perfect for our family of 4 and the garden is beautiful. Will definitely be back.

Harriet, Daniel, Charles & Cordelia, London

July 2020


Thank you Sara, for another stay in your lovely cottage - comfortable and cosy, with lots of hot water! So fortunate to come out of lockdown into West Sussex coast and downland.
Kind regards to your family.

Sue & Luke with Griffin the dog, Surrey

July 2020


A very relaxing short stay to visit friends in the area.  Lovely position and facilities.

Our excitement came from the torrential rain & flash flood that marooned us for several hours, However, Sara came wading through & reassured us that the house never floods (water lapping at front step) and she was right the torrent of water receeded as quickly as it came up and we did get out!

Val, Eleanor & dogs Nile & Daisy

February 2020


Quiet, quaint country cottage, in calm and charming country lane. Thanks. Dog friendly - "Woof".

Elaine, Ed, Ben & Seth plus Lucy the dog, Liverpool

December 2019


This cottage has a lovely feel about it, we love all the original features. We had a rainy weekend, but the cottage was lovely and snug.  Our daughter liked the toys and DVDs. We had a great day out at Portsmouth Docks - HMS Victory (, Petworth House ( and East Head Beach ( The World's End pub ( is fab .

Carla, Jonny and Joni

October 2019


Goodwood Weekend ( - Amazing Sunshine. Lovely house to stay in, comfy bed and all we needed.

Many thanks Sara.

Sue & Roger, London

September 2019


It's been an absolute pleasure staying in your gorgeous cottage, amazing garden and surroundings. Sara, your knowledge of the beautiful area you live was so interesting and the historical facts you told us was fascinating. We would all definitely love to stay again and will recommending to friends and family.

Thank you Sara!

Charlotte, Tina, Zaak, Zaid with Bailie & Storm the dogs, Kent

August 2019


A warm and friendly welcome in a lovely cottage!! Beautiful surroundings, enjoyable garden. Thank you Sara.

Anne, Niek & Daan, Gouda, Netherlands

August 2019


Our 8th stay here. We are so glad we have found this place! Starting in August 2012 it allows us to visit our family in Worthing and also have a wonderful place to ourselves! Thank you so much & see you next year!

Mark, Juliana, Sophia & Charlotte, Göttingen, Germany

July 2019


Our 5th stay in France Cottage. Charlotte enjoyed her 19th & Molly her 14th birthday here. We love coming to our home away from home.

Paul, Tracey, Charlotte & Molly, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

June/July 2019


What a lovely cottage in a very peaceful spot. Very cosy and close to a good pub with excellent food. A great garden for our dogs who loved the walks up to the woods. Thank you Sara for everything. We will return next year!

Tim, Jane plus Ruby & Monkey (the dogs), St Albans

June 2019


For Goodwood meeting ( Absolutely love the cottage...Like Landmark Trust ( but with WiFi. Reminds me of Lark Rise.  Enjoyed reading the history. Thank you! Had a lovely meal in a brilliant pub - The Crown & Anchor by the sea at Chichester (Dell Quay) ( Brilliant fish and chips.

Timothy, Erica & Nathaniel, Peterborough

April 2019


Great stay in a cosy cottage. Even though the sun did not shine it is way better than returning to a late March snowstorm in up state New York! Thanks!!

Steve, Sue, Jillian & Andrew, Troy, New York

March 2019


Another lovely stay, always a relaxing and cosy stay!.

Oonagh, Alex & Hanna, Leeds

March 2019


Lovely place - enjoyed the English garden birds and spring flowers as well as the surprisingly mild weather.

Bob & Cathy, Brisbane, Australia

February 2019


Enjoyed our brief but pleasent stay - Thanks! Dog friendly. It is a lovely garden. Wish it was summer!

Sue, Stan, Chip 'n' Dale (the dogs), Yorkshire

January 2019


Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely cosy cottage. Shame about the weather, but you can't have everything! Look forward to another visit to this lovely area. Would love to take your larder home with me.....
Thank you Sara and Neville, so good to find a 'dog friendly' cottage.

Helen, Ian, Herbert & Darcey, Hertfordshire

November/December 2018


Thank you Sara for a lovely stay in your cottage. We enjoyed several walks in the local area to Patching, but also Arundel - well worth the walk!!
Katie really enjoyed the open fire - wasn't really cold enough!
Dogs well walked, our batteries it's back to work.

Rosie, Sean, Callum & Katie, Kent

October 2018


What a charming, lovely cottage. We felt here at home and especially our dogs which got towels for own use.
Best wishes, Auf Wiedersehen!

Silke & Jan-Gerd with Loth, Willi & Ernie the dogs, Duisberg, Germany

September 2018


Another super stay at France Cottage!

Oonagh, Alex, Hanna & Josef, Yorkshire

September 2018


Thank you Sara and Neville, another very relaxing holiday in your lovely cottage. Best wishes for your family.

Sue & Griff, Surrey

August 2018


Lovely. Authentic cottage in an amazing area. We enjoyed our time here! Very welcoming for people and dog..

Ben, Monique & Annemarei, Netherlands

July 2018


We had a great time, went to loads of fun attractions, our favourite one was the i360 viewing tower. Really comfy beds and a great garden for the dogs.

Helen, Oliver, David & Wendy, Hampshire

April 2018


Lovely cosy cottage, very different from Australia. Great area to take day trips. Sara was able to provide historic background. Thanks.

Alison, Michael & Michelle, Canberra, Australia

April 2018


A lovely stay in your 'oldendays' cottage! Just right for us 4. Had good family trips to Aldingbourne Farm (, Amberley Heritage Centre (, Brighton Sealife Centre ( & beach and Out of Bounds soft play & bounding (! Molly (the chicken) likes apples.

Katie, Simon, Millie (4) & George (2), Hampshire

March 2018


Dear Sara and Neville, Thank you again for staying in your lovely cottage. We all had a great time, just relaxing and catching up. Till next time.

Tanja, Steven & Christo, Netherlands

March 2018


Dear Sara and Neville, Lovely to see you again. Lovely comfy cottage, had a great week. Thank you.

Pauline, Keith & Ash, Gloucestershire

February 2018


Had an enjoyable 'little break'. Lovely walks & countryside. Your home is very lovely & thank you for making us feel welcome.

Pamela & Adrian, Hertfordshire

February 2018


We've had a lovely time here, enjoying your cottage and carving time between the rain to walk in the beauty of Sussex. Thanks so much, Sara and all the best for you and your family's success in the future!

Sara & Peter, London

January 2018


Had a peaceful, enjoyable week. Would love to come back. Lovely cottage and beautiful surroundings. Thank you Sara.

Diana, Dwayne,& Shawreen, Worthing

December 2017


Lovely trip back into time in this lovely old cottage together with real 'British Weather'! We had a great time with the bricks (our grand daughter loved knocking down our towers....)

Marie-Pierre, Robin, Sophie & Gaelle, France & Canada

December 2017


Great to be back - another lovely stay here at France Cottage. Thank you Sara & Neville! We look forward to our next visit.

Oonagh, Alex, Hanna, Josef & Lotty (the dog), Leeds

November 2017


A peaceful & rejuvenating break with long walks on the Downs and time by the sea. Enjoyed by all & dog. We loved our stay in your warm, comfortable cottage with its lovely gardens.

Patricia, Mary, Kyle & Dexter (the dog), Bexley

October 2017


Thank you Sara & Neville for making the difficult time so much easier for our family. Lovely cottage as ever & great to get some autumn walks in too.

Teresa, Andy , Tug & Dudley (the dogs), Devon

October 2017


Perfect cottage in a perfect location especially for Selden Barn ( where our daughter got married. Lovely weather all week made it very special. Sitting in the garden was lovely. Thank you Sara & Neville for being so nice and friendly. Would love to come back one day.

Adelheid, Laurie and the two dogs Marley & Rosie, North Cornwall

September 2017


A huge thank you to you both for managing to accomodate us whilst we waited for our house to complete.

 Tara, Mark, Charlotte, Cooper & the dogs Edward & Buttons, West Sussex

September 2017


We has a great time in this lovely cottage. The weather was good most of the time and we had breakfast in the garden quite often. Thanks for the brilliant ideas for what to do with the dog. Weald and Downland Museum ( was great, Arundel Castle (no dogs, is a must. Beachwise we loved Littlehampton's West Beach ( Many thanks!

 Angelika, Klaus, Vivian, Christopher & dog Inca, Germany

August/September 2017


Dear Sara, We had a lovely stay in your cottage. Great gardens, lots of walks around! We all enjoyed it. Thanks!

 Ute, Fiona, Stella, Melanie and dog Rufus, Netherlands

August 2017


Dear Sara & Neville, Thanks for having us at 'France Cottage'. Lovely having breakfast out back in your lovely garden when the sun is out. Freya will miss Molly and the 'sheepies' (small flock of sheep) neighbours. Many thanks.

 Freya, Micah, Jason & Jodi, Perth, Australia

July 2017


Another lovely holiday blessed with good weather (heavy rain only at night!). Thank you Sara for a very comfortable cottage and garden.

 Sue, Merlin & Griffon, Surrey

July 2017


Our second visit, a charming cottage in a beautiful setting. Thank you Sara & Neville.

 Susan, Greg, Brendan & Joseph, Canberra, Australia

June 2017


Perfect countryside holiday. A beautiful village and Sara was extremely warm. We enjoyed the walks through the village & the fields. Looking forward to be back here.

 Shashi P, Rekha & Reshma, Reading

June 2017


This is the perfect cottage for a family with 2 young children. Sara & Neville are extremely warm. Our 3 1/2 year old particularly enjoyed feeding Molly the chicken. Sara recommended Aldingbourne Farm ( which was very nice. The garden is fantastic. We really enjoyed our stay here & are hoping to come back soon.

 Chris, Victoria, Joseph & Cecily, Surrey

May 2017


Perfect cottage and surroundings for an escape from the big smoke. Thankfully the Easter bunny located us. Recommend Ferring's Bluebird Café ( & beach, Tangmere Aviation Museum ( A big thank you to Sara C.

 Alex, Sara, Eliza & Florie, London

April 2017


We really enjoyed the cottage and surroundings. Thanks for the welcome and help locating local services!

 Emma, Tom, Colette & Robin, London

April 2017


Lovely stay in the cottage. Caught up with our family & friends. Eaten too much!! Walked miles with the dogs. Bluebells are just coming out in the woods. This has been a very good base for us. Hope to come back. Many thanks.

 Teresa, Andrew, Tug & Dudley, Devon

April 2017


Great to be back at France Cottage for a pre-Christmas family gathering. Jenny, Asa, Florrie & Rocco are from Ferring and all enjoying France Cottage once again. Thank you Sara & Neville for the  perfect tree and the friendly welcome! Merry Christmas & a happy new year to you and the family.

 Julie, Peter, Debbie & Josh, Cheshire

December 2016


No.1 France Cottages is beautiful, very rustic and natural - we fell in love with it and the gorgeous garden and views. Also Mollie the chicken greeted us mornings and our Bonnie - Labrador retriever went out to say hello to her every morning - I think they may well kiss one another! Sara is lovely, very friendly and helpful with suggestions for great days out and lovely pubs and restaurants:- The Worlds End (, The George ( and the White Swan (! I should say Neville is lovely too. They're both very friendly, welcoming and helpful. Countryside walks beautiful.

Tamara, George, Luke & Bonnie, Surrey

October 2016


Great to be back for yet another lovely stay at France Cottage. Thank you Sara and Neville for being so accommodating!

Oonah, Alex, Hanna, Josef & Lotty, Leeds

October 2016


Dear Sara, As your regular guests thank you again for a wonderful stay at your cottage - we are so glad we have found this place! See you next year. Lots of love from

Juliana, Mark, Sophia & Charlotte, Goettingen, Germany

October 2016


Lovely cottage - just perfect for us staying in Patching for a family wedding. We were made to feel so welcome and loved our stay here. We will definitely look to come back again and will recommend it to others. Thank you for the late check out to!. Much appreciated after a wedding the night before!

Paul, Michele & Rebecca, Poole, Dorset

September/October 2016


Had a great stay here in the cottage. Isabella loved picking the plums, feeding Mollie & checking for an egg in the morning. A lovely peaceful location with wonderful surroundings. Thank you very much.

Beccy, Craig, Isabella & Oliver, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

September 2016


 Thanks for a lovely week. It felt like 'home'! We loved the lazy breakfasts in the garden. A proper holiday!

Rose, Keith, Robert & Meg, Banbury, Oxfordshire

August/September 2016


 We all loved this cottage - my son said it felt like his home. Thanks Sara for your hospitality and hope to stay again soon!

Denu, Jennifer, Shay & Jasmin, Glastonbury, Somerset

August 2016