Wine Tasting Staycation on a Sussex Vineyard
This summer is all about rediscovering the beauty of England, from the lakes to the seaside, the mountains to the broads, the quaint sleepy villages to the bustling cities and all that’s in between and having been cooped up inside, it is fair to say the nation is looking for experiences, learning something new and expanding the mind whilst on holiday, which makes the Tinwood Estate in West Sussex the perfect destination.
Since the first vines were planted in 2007 at the foot of the South Downs National Park, Tinwood Estate has quickly established a reputation for producing the very finest English sparkling wines, including the Estate Brut, the Blanc de Blancs and an exquisite Rosé. In 2016 three luxurious lodges were added to the estate, with views over the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines towards the setting sun. Just over an hour from London, next door to the world famous Goodwood Estate, the three highly designed lodges offer the perfect staycation destination this summer, and the best part is that they are dog friendly.
Sleek and modern in design, the interiors of the three luxury stand alone lodges blend effortlessly into their surroundings. Headboards stylishly made from bottle corks, stools made from barrels and subtle hints of wine related memorabilia adorn the surfaces.
All feature an extra large king size bed facing towards the floor to ceiling concertina doors, which open fully onto an expansive deck with views over the vines, and sunset beyond, making it the ideal place for sundowners in the evening. A sizable corner sofa and table & chairs provide space to relax, and the in-room facilities include flat screen TV, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, fridge, with Tinwood wine, and an assortment of glassware, crockery and cutlery. Upon arrival a bespoke designed wine crate is delivered to the room with tea, coffee, fresh milk and most importantly, homemade nibbles to enjoy alongside the wine, on the deck.
The oversized bathroom includes a vast walk in rain shower, two person Jacuzzi bath complete with TV, double sink and separate toilet. A hearty continental breakfast is delivered by hamper to the door to be enjoyed on the private terrace or inside, and includes fresh baked croissants and rolls, a selection of spreads, yoghurt, fruit juice, boiled eggs and cheese.
Behind the lodges amongst the trees is a barrel sauna for guest use, and a viewing platform perfect for sundowners overlooking the vines, and the obligatory Instagram selfie. The Tinwood tasting room and deck is only a few yards away, where guests can enjoy daily wine tastings and tours of the vineyard.
The Tinwood Estate is in the perfect position to explore the cathedral city of Chichester and the glorious sandy beaches of the Witterings. Within 10 minutes drive are no fewer than 8 brilliant pubs and restaurants for guests to savour every flavour of the Sussex countryside. Within the family farm are plenty of walks and bike trails, and beyond into the National Park for the more energetic guest. Mountain bikes are available free of charge to lodge guests.
Nightly rates start from £195 per night for two people including breakfast. For an extra cost the Winemakers package includes a vineyard tour and wine tasting with cheese, and a bottle of Tinwood to take away.
Daily vineyard tours and wine tasting start from £18 pp.
For more information please visit www.tinwoodestate.com
Mark Bibby Jackson
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