Fox Hall

Charlton, West Sussex - Sleeps 2+2

About the property

The Palladian simplicity of Fox Hall’s brick exterior belies the exuberant decoration of the upstairs sitting room and with the bed nestling in a gilded alcove it makes an extremely elegant bedsit.

Beds 1 Twin, 1 Double

  • Sleeps2 +2
  • 4 nights from from£363
  • equivalent to £22.69 per person per night

Facilities & features

Two of the party sleep under the gilded splendour of the main room, while the other two are in a plainer room downstairs.

  • Bed in Living Room
  • Fire or Stove
  • Open Space
  • Logs available
  • Parking Available
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Floor Plan

‘...breathtaking interior’

Sussex Life Magazine

Map & local info

On the edge of the charming village of Charlton in the heart of the South Downs, Fox Hall stands in a peaceful setting on the edge of the Goodwood Estate. A short walk away the quintessentially traditional The Fox goes Free pub sources local ingredients and farm fresh produce.

There are a wealth of things to see and do near Fox Hall. Take the kids to discover the 50 exhibit buildings at Weald and Downland Museum, or explore the remains of the largest Roman domestic building in northern Europe and admire the famous Roman mosaics at Fishbourne Roman Palace.

A 40 minute drive will take you to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where you can enjoy a day exploring the brand new Mary Rose Museum and world famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. For beautiful gardens and stunning houses visit Petworth House, Parham House and Gardens or Goodwood House.

Discover all the fantastic activities surrounding Fox Hall on our ‘Things to do’ Pinterest page.

Fox Hall
Charlton, West Sussex - Sleeps 2+2
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Places to visit nearby

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Goodwood

Chichester

Mary Rose Museum

Arundel Castle

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Chichester Ship Canal

South Downs Light Railway

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‘A sequin in an ordinary world.’

‘It’s like being inside a jewel box! Does the roof lift off?’

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Your questions answered

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

    No.
  • How is the property accessed?

    Via a short track (road condition) from the main road.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Chichester – 7 miles
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    There are two parking spaces in the courtyard adjacent to the property.
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    Heating is provided by an air source heat pump system. There is also an open fire.
  • How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?

    Logs may be purchased and delivered under a private arrangement. Further details will be provided with your booking confirmation.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc.
    There is also an electric cooker.
  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There is one bathroom with a bath.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    No.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is a garden (not enclosed).

    Booking and Payment

  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!
  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will advise you as to whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to carry out the changeover then we consider that it is open and available. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, which may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking.

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • Insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Is it true there are no televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s).

    Facilities

  • Are the kitchens and bathrooms restored to a modern standard?

    Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Is linen provided?

    Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • Are the kitchens fully equipped?

    Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Do you provide logs for the open fire/stove?

    Logs are provided at many of our Landmarks for an additional cost.
  • Will there be a mobile signal in the Landmark I book?

    Mobile coverage varies. Some Landmarks have an excellent signal, but others have none at all. If you are concerned, you can check with the housekeeper before your arrival.
  • Is there Wi-Fi in your buildings?

    No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • What should I bring with me? Are there lavatory rolls, soap, shampoo, milk, teabags, coffee, hairdryer?

    A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide lavatory rolls and a bar of soap, per basin but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.

The Charlton Hunt

From the 1670s until 1750 the village of Charlton was the headquarters of a famous hunt, once the most fashionable in England. The list of its Masters alone gives evidence of its exalted status; founded by the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey of Uppark, the Hunt went into temporary eclipse after Monmouth's Rebellion of 1685 and was revived by the former manager of the hounds, Edward Roper (generally known as Squire Roper, a 'gentleman from Kent'), who was soon joined by the Duke of Bolton, the Duke of Monmouth's son-in-law.

After the deaths of Bolton and Roper, in 1722 and 1723 respectively, the Hunt was maintained by the 3rd Duke of Bolton but in 1728 he gave the hounds to his young cousin, the Duke of Richmond, who was now living at Goodwood. The Duke of Richmond was joined in 1729 by the Earl of Tankerville of Uppark, with whose own Hunt there had apparently been some rivalry, now brought to a close by a splendidly worded treaty, witnessed by four Dukes and aiming to heal 'the Miseries that have of late years wasted and destroyed the County of Sussex.' Although the Earl withdrew two years later, the hounds continued to spend part of the year at Uppark. The Duke of Richmond remained as sole Master until his death in 1750, after which the hounds were moved to Goodwood.

Records of the Hunt were meticulously kept, with a description of each meet, along with pedigrees of the hounds. Hunting was in those days a slow and sedate affair carried on at a trot, or at most a canter, with few jumps. Horses were changed frequently and the day lasted from dawn until after dark. The livery of the Hunt, worn by the huntsmen and whippers-in, was a coat of dark blue with gold edgings. It also had its own standard, raised on a flagpole in the village, displaying a running fox on a green ground.

While the purpose of the Hunt was for the enjoyment of sport, equal pleasure was to be had from the gathering of friends, freed from the restraints of Court or London Society. The dinners after the day's chase played an important part in the Hunt mythology, particularly after the building of a fine Room in which to hold them. This was designed around 1720 by no less a person than the architect-Earl, Lord Burlington and was a single storey pavilion, known variously as the Great Room, the Dome or Fox Hall. Where it stood we do not know, but such slight evidence as there is seems to point towards the southern end of the village. It was demolished at some date after 1750 and its name later passed to this quite different building.

The building now known as Fox Hall was put up in 1730 for the joint-Master of the Hunt, the 2nd Duke of Richmond. Contemporary descriptions and records show that while many of the Gentlemen were content to stay in a farmhouse or the inn, some of the grandest and keenest either rented a whole house, or built a new one for themselves. It was clearly necessary for the Master to outshine them all, which he did with this elegant, fashionably Palladian hunting lodge, probably designed by Lord Burlington's former assistant, Roger Morris.

The accommodation inside the Duke's house was simple in arrangement, if lavish in decoration. Entered directly from the stable yard, there were rooms for servants on the ground floor, perhaps with a pantry in which breakfast could be prepared - a silver inventory of 1739 shows that besides candlesticks, the Duke kept a silver coffee pot, tea spoons, strainer and cream jug here. Above was a single apartment for the Duke himself and no doubt for his Duchess if she decided to accompany him, with a powder-closet off it. It has been described as Britain's premier bedsitter and that is precisely what it is, with a recess for the bed opening off the main room, which would have been arranged very much as it is today. Over the fireplace is a wind indicator, to tell the Master how the scent would be lying for the day's sport, finally restored to working order with a new weather vane in 2010.

Experience Fox Hall

For up to 4 people

The Palladian simplicity of Fox Hall’s brick exterior belies the exuberant decoration of the upstairs sitting room, and with the bed nestling in a gilded alcove it makes an extremely elegant bedsit.

Book a stay

Reinstatement and rearrangement

The details of the work carried out at Fox Hall by the Landmark Trust can be seen by looking at the 'before' plans and elevations. Apart from straightforward repairs, such a renewing rotten window frames, this largely fell into two categories. The first was that of reinstatement, where the building had been altered in the past but the original form was still reasonably obvious; the second was that of rearrangement, which occurred where the building had been altered so much that there was no way of telling how it was originally and so new work had simply to be designed to fit in as well and sensibly as possible with the rest.

To guide this work the Landmark employed the architect Philip Jebb, who has a particular understanding and knowledge of this period of early Georgian architecture. He was working at the same time on another early 18th century Landmark, The Library at Stevenstone in Devon. The main contractors were T. Couzens and Sons, with Chichester Cathedral Workshops providing new stonework.

Into the first category falls the work to the outside of the house. The walls were covered with a coat of stucco, which was decayed and had to be removed. When this had been done, it was found that not only were there a number of good rubbed brick details but that the joints or pointing of the brickwork were carefully `scored' as well, a technique used in the 17th and 18th centuries to give the impression of very fine work. The implication of this, together with the fact that the stone quoins were not prepared for it in the usual way, was that the building had not originally been covered with stucco at all, as might be expected in Palladian architecture, but was of plain brick. A coat of plaster had only been added at an unknown later date. For this reason the stucco was not replaced.

From the proportions of the building it seemed likely that the gables were intended to appear like pediments, by means of a moulded eaves cornice, linked by a main horizontal cornice. These have been reconstructed in a contemporary style, after reference to similar buildings. In the space inside the pediment, the tympanum, rectangular windows had been inserted to light the attic bedrooms at both ends of the building. If there had been windows there they were more likely to have been round and were reinstated accordingly.

The cill of the window on the front with the `Gibbs' surround had been cut away to make it deeper. A new stone cill was fitted, at the original height. On the east elevation, the window on the first floor at the back of the bed recess was found to have been cut into the brickwork, showing it to be a later insertion. It made more sense of the recess to brick it up again.

Inside Fox Hall the work of reinstatement continued in the main room. The plasterwork of the ceiling was in good condition, only one section needing to be renewed. It was in need of cleaning, regilding and decorating, however, all of which was carefully carried out by John Dives. The colours of the room as a whole are those that might have been used in the early 18th century. No traces of the actual wall covering survived, but fragments of backing showed that it had originally been fabric. The silk brocade with which they are now hung came from the Gainsborough Silk Mills at Sudbury in Suffolk.

There was evidence for a dado rail, and this has been replaced, the detail being copied from the main chamber in the Chichester Council House. The same building provided a source for the new fireplace surround, carved in the Chichester Cathedral workshops from a French stone called Lepine, an exact copy in size as well as form.

It would have been difficult to find paintings of the right proportions to fit the existing frames, instead reproductions on canvas of three paintings at Goodwood House have been inserted by kind permission of the Trustees of the Goodwood Collections. The one over the fireplace shows Sheldon, a hunter belonging to the 2nd Duke of Richmond, held by a groom wearing the blue and gold livery of the Charlton Hunt, with the Jacobean Goodwood House in the background; it was painted in 1746 by John Wooton, along with several others of the Duke's horses. Those over the doorways are by George Stubbs, painted at Goodwood 1759-60. Both show the 3rd Duke and members of his family, in one with the Charlton Hunt and in the other watching three racehorses training. They are later in period than Fox Hall, but appropriate in subject matter.

Many of the floorboards were in poor condition; those that were sound were re-used downstairs, while a completely new floor was laid upstairs. The boards were cut from a single oak tree, which was found in the store of Messrs Lillywhite, the saw mill opposite. The kitchen remained in the same position as before, in the closet, but was refitted and redecorated.

Great trouble was taken to restore the wind direction indicator on the overmantel to working order, but to no avail. Even when the new wind vane to which it is connected was given extra leverage, with a sail of hardboard on a windy day, nothing happened.

The main alteration to the building lay in the closing off of the attic floor and the removal of the upper flight of the stair leading to it. The evidence was that in the Duke's time the attics, if they existed, had not been in general use and had no stair leading to them and in fact all the joinery up there dated from the 19th century. The extra accommodation was no longer needed and the building seemed better off without them. The lower part of the stair stayed in roughly the same place but was rearranged to make better use of the space and to allow the reopening of the window. Without more certain evidence of the original arrangement this was the only solution. The handrail, balusters and caps to the newel posts were reused from the existing stair.

The whole of the ground floor likewise fell into the category of rearrangement rather than reinstatement. The hall was enlarged to be more in keeping with the character of the building, with a paved floor and fireplace both in Lepine stone. The bedroom was meanwhile made smaller to allow for a new bathroom. To light this, a blank window on the north side was opened up.

The people who now stay in Fox Hall, as a Landmark, are using it in very much the same way as in its days as a hunting lodge, though their exploration of the Sussex countryside is of a different nature. It was never meant to be commodious, but a certain standard of decoration and of convenience was required and this has been upheld. The main room in particular is arranged much as it might have been for the Duke himself, with the bed in its recess, a table, a desk and some chairs. Sitting here around the fire, it is easy to imagine the Duke and his Duchess spending the night in this room 'to be ready for the early Meet' and the ensuing day's chase.

In 2010 the unfinished business of the weather vane was at last resolved thanks to the skill of Thwaites & Reed, a small firm of Brighton clock repairers. A fine new vane of a fox was designed by artist Caroline Hill and the missing needle on the fireplace dial of the wind indicator was replaced.

Experience Fox Hall

For up to 4 people

The Palladian simplicity of Fox Hall’s brick exterior belies the exuberant decoration of the upstairs sitting room, and with the bed nestling in a gilded alcove it makes an extremely elegant bedsit.

Book a stay

Facilities & features

Two of the party sleep under the gilded splendour of the main room, while the other two are in a plainer room downstairs.

  • 1 Twin, 1 Double
  • Bed in Living Room
  • Fire or Stove
  • Open Space
  • Logs available
  • Parking Available
  • Bath

A gilded sitting room fit for a Duke

This hunting lodge consists of a plain brick box with a small stylish hall and staircase leading to one magnificent room above, undoubtedly Britain’s premier bedsit. There is a gilded alcove, originally for the Duke of Richmond’s bed and in the pediment over the fireplace an indicator shows the direction of the wind, important information for the fox hunter. The front door to all this grandeur leads very sensibly straight to the stable yard.

The Charlton Hunt

Charlton is just a small village but at one time, when the Charlton Hunt was famous and fashionable, its name was familiar and dear to every sportsman in England. Even Goodwood was described as ‘near Charlton’. The hunt was founded in the 1670s by the Duke of Monmouth and was continued after his death by his son-in-law the Duke of Bolton and then by the Duke of Richmond.

Lodgings away from home

Apart from the sport what attracted highspirited noblemen here, surely, was that they could live in lodgings away from the constraints of home. They clubbed together and built a dining-room for themselves, which they christened ‘Fox Hall,' designed by Lord Burlington no less and here ‘these votaries of Diana feasted after the chase and recounted the feats of the day.' Not to miss such affairs and to be in good time for the meets, the Duke of Richmond commissioned the small Palladian building that we now possess.

Off to Goodwood

The designer of this rich sample of architecture, built in 1730, was most probably Lord Burlington’s assistant Roger Morris. In the 1750s the Hunt was moved away from Charlton to nearby Goodwood. The old Fox Hall disappeared and somehow its name was transferred to our building a few yards off, which, grievously altered, for a long time housed the manager of the Duke of Richmond’s sawmill. So far as possible we have given it back its original form. Apart from Fox Hall, and a detail or two in some of the houses, no visible trace remains at Charlton of the famous Hunt but the pub is called The Fox Goes Free, a modest clue to great doings here in former times.

‘A sequin in an ordinary world.’

‘It’s like being inside a jewel box! Does the roof lift off?’

From the logbook

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