The tiny hamlet of Hurst lies in West Sussex on the Hampshire border. Little more than a scattering of historic homes, it is perfect for visitors who want to unwind in a quiet, rural community. Holiday cottages in Hurst are located within the South Downs National Park, which stretches for 87 miles across Southern England. On the hamlet’s doorstep, you will discover unspoiled farmland, woods, hills and vales, crisscrossed by scenic footpaths. The village of South Harting lies a mile or two to the east of Hurst, with a post office and a small grocery. There is also a lovely pub, the White Hart, which has a reputation for serving excellent food. 

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Two miles west of West Sussex holiday cottages in Hurst, Petersfield is a bustling market town with a variety of shops and places to eat and drink. A regular farmers’ market is held, where you can pick up fresh, local produce. There is an outdoor swimming pool in the town centre, and Petersfield Physic Garden is home to many rare flowers and a recreation of a 17th century herb garden. The museum is well worth a visit, too, with fascinating exhibits on the town and surrounding farms. 

Just outside the town, Queen Elizabeth County Park is a wonderful place for walking, with chalk hills, beech woods, and pine forests. Petersfield Heath is at one end of the Serpent Trail, a 65-mile path through the unspoiled countryside of Hampshire and Sussex, to Haslemere. Self-catering holidays in Hurst are popular among visitors planning to explore the South Downs National Park, on the hamlet’s doorstep, as well as sandy beaches on the Sussex and Hampshire coasts, a half-hour drive away. Portsmouth is a bustling port city with a historic dockyard to explore. To its east, Hayling Island is home to funfairs and an undeveloped coast.