Whilst we have been there before to see the Turner Exhibition at Petworth House, we decided to make our way back there this weekend as our daughter was over from Geneva and wanted to explore this lovely local village. Petworth is a delightful picturesque market town, a short distance from Chequers Hotel and has a reputation for being a leading antiques centre with 30 antique shops within a half mile radius.
A recommended first stop would be the famous Petworth House - a must visit attraction (Opening for the summer season on 16th March). Petworh House is a palatial 17th Century mansion with gardens designed by Capability Brown. The rooms are dedicated to displaying art by Turner, Van Dyck. Reynolds and Blake - with stunning adjoining deer filled gardens. Also worth a visit is Petworth Cottage Museum, laid out as it was in 1910 when a seamstress for Petworth House lived there!
The centre point of the town is the market square where we started our exploration. We spent the afternoon investigating the village's many specialty shops (including 'Eternal" vintage clothes shop and Follit home accessories shop) and stopped for a coffee at the fabulous village deli: The Hungry Guest.
Whilst staying at Chequers it is definitely worth spending a day here exploring Petworth House and then ambling around the village or even better... coming to visit for one of the numerous local but famous events the village is involved in: (National Antiques week 20th - 28th April, Petworth Fete in the Park, Saturday 6th July, the Petworth Festival, 15th July - 3rd August and the Petworth Food and Wine Festival, 21st and 22nd September). Looking forward to updating you with more detail bout these events nearer the time.
John and Lissette x