Welcome to Mabbotts Farm B&B

Mabbotts Farm is a seventeenth century thatched cottage and converted barn, set in eight acres of grounds within the South Downs National Park – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house overlooks its own secluded valley with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Over the last six years we have lovingly restored Mabbotts Farm to create a home which combines historic charm with modern comfort and a real wow factor! As a Grade II Listed property, we have remained faithful to the exposed beams, old fireplaces and wonky floorboards, but refurbished to the highest standards to offer luxurious and comfortable accommodation. Part cottage and part ancient barn resurrected from its original state of pig pens and earthen floor, our home really is unique and we love to share it.

Accommodation

Our guests reside in their own wing of the house located in the cottage, so won’t be disturbed. Accommodation comprises a master ensuite complete with comfortable super king bed and spacious bathroom. We have another pretty double room with its own private bathroom and a further twin bedroom, which may be used in conjunction with one of the other bedrooms (it has no dedicated bathroom but is perfect for children!).

Feel free to relax in the cottage dining room at any time. We will lay out tea, coffee and homemade cake for you to help yourself at your leisure. If you wish, browse amongst the bookshelves of our extensive selection of literature, which includes maps and local guidebooks to inspire you. For those with children, we have plenty of games and toys to keep youngsters happy. You are welcome to wander around our eight acres of garden and fields; enjoy a game of football on the pitch, swing under the willow tree, relax in the hammock or simply take in the magnificent views. If you are lucky you might spot the deer, buzzards, red kite, or the Shetland ponies who reside in our valley.

Food and Drink

Breakfast

You will be served a delicious breakfast in the morning, between 8am and 10am (or earlier by prior arrangement). We source our meat and eggs from the local farmshop at East Tisted, and offer a hearty Full English alongside fresh fruit salad, Greek yoghurt, cereals, juice, toast with homemade marmalade or jams, plus a pot of tea or coffee. Breakfast is usually served in the old cottage dining room, where you will also be able to help yourself to tea, coffee and homemade cake during your stay. We are very happy to accommodate dietary requirements where we can, although it helps if you are able to let us know in advance.

Eating out

We highly recommend the nearby Hawkley Inn for its good food and buzzy atmosphere. We are also close to the popular ‘Pub With No Name’ (aka The White Horse) in Froxfield, which does excellent meals. If you fancy something a little different, the award winning Madhuban restaurant in Liss offers fantastic curries. And if you really want to push the boat out, try JSW in Petersfield which has a Michelin star to its name.

Location

We are situated on the outskirts of the pretty village of Hawkley, which can be reached on foot within 15 minutes or in just a few moments by car. Hawkley is a quintessential English village with a church, cricket pitch and children’s playground, all nestled at the foot of the beautiful wooded hills of the Hangars. The popular pub, the Hawkley Inn, sits at the heart of village life and is a real destination, attracting customers from miles around. We are happy to book a table for you if you would like to sample the delicious food or local beer on offer!

Local Interest

At Mabbotts Farm Bed and Breakfast we have excellent walking paths, cycle routes and bridleways right on our doorstep. Explore our beautiful local countryside with its streams, bluebell woods and unspoilt views. The Hangars are an ever present backdrop, and we are the perfect stopover if you are walking the Hangar’s Way.

There is so much to do in our neighbourhood and we are always happy to make suggestions. Why not visit the pretty nearby village of Selborne and the house of celebrated local naturalist Gilbert White? Or Jane Austen’s cosy home at Chawton? We are within striking distance of Petersfield, Haslemere, Portsmouth, Chichester, the polo at Midhurst or racing at Goodwood. In the other direction we have the Watercress Line at Alresford, opera at The Grange and the historic cathedral city of Winchester. The nearby National Trust properties of Hinton Ampner and Uppark are a lovely day out and the South Downs hills are very accessible if you plan to stroll the South Down’s Way.

You will find us a quiet and restorative resting place whether your stay is for business or pleasure. We have Wifi access within the house. We are extremely well placed for Bedales school, which is less than a 10 minute drive away, so a perfect stopover if you are delivering offspring or visiting for the night.

House Rules!

  • No smoking in the house.
  • We are flexible about arrival times and will endeavour to agree a mutually acceptable time. However, we would appreciate an update if you will be significantly delayed. Latest check in is by 9pm unless we are notified in advance.
  • Breakfast is served between 8am and 10am, although we are happy to accommodate early risers by prior arrangement. Guests should check out by 10.30am, please.