As part of the recent filming for the Bald Explorer in Petworth, I took a trip to the old railway station which lies a little to the south of the town. It is no longer in active service having been closed in the 1960’s but in its day was part of the Pulborough to Midhurst line. It was built specially for Edward 7th so that he could access Goodwood racecourse and friends living close by, but was naturally also ultilised by the locals.
Gudmund Olafsson purchased the station along with the Pullman coaches as a bed and breakfast business and has been restoring the property and getting rid of the rotten wood. It now looks splendid and is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. It is a destination ‘hotel’ with much ambiance of the golden era of steam travel and there is nothing finer than sitting on the station platform and sipping tea in silver service dreaming of gone by times.
For bookings and further information you can check out the website at www.Old-Station.co.uk