Gaveston Hall, Nuthurst, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6RF

Call Rita Barclay on 01403 891 431 or 07957 440 781

Outdoor group activity centre near the South Downs

Originally a boarding school, Gaveston Hall nestles in the rural west Sussex countryside with easy access to the South Downs National Park. However, London is only about 1 hour away and Brighton and South Coast are just a 40 min drive.

Gaveston Hall now provides great value hostel accommodation for up to 100, mostly in the old school dormitories, but also in some private single and twin rooms and 4 chalets. Couples, families and groups of all sizes including schools, universities and clubs are all welcome.

This unique building with its magnificent setting lends itself to celebrations, reunions, family gatherings and weddings. The two dining halls seat 100 and the self-catering kitchen is equipped to cater for big events.

Outside there is plenty to entertain all ages with play areas, a football field, a tennis court, woodland walks and footpaths leading to the Downs Link Bridleway, a huge picnic area, BBQ and campfire site. There is also a fishing lake and chickens, goats and horses to feed. Outdoor activities can also be provided on site. Indoor entertainment includes table tennis, pool tables and a swimming pool.

BYO bedding or hire. Camping is also available. Room for coach parking.

This accommodation is featured on our map of South of England and South East England and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    100: Hall: 1x18,1x16 1x14 2xdbl, 1xtwin, 1xsgl. Chalets: 2x10, 1x13, 1x14
  • Open:

    Closed January.
  • Price per night:

    From £25pp. Small extra charge for bedding hire or BYO.
  • Booking:

    Please use booking form on website.
  • Directions:

    Use the postcode RH13 6RF and your Sat Nav or Google Maps will get you here.
  • Public Transport :

    Nearest train station Horsham, which is on the Southampton to London Victoria line via Gatwick. Then taxi to Gaveston Hall.
  • Walks :

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aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
ZDogs by arrangement
wGroups Only


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News & Offers from Gaveston Hall

Stay minutes from the Knepp Estate featured on the BBC Wild Isles

March 2nd 2023

Gaveston Hall offers great value group accommodation for groups in the rural West Sussex countryside.  This former boarding school offers wonderful facilities for its guests as well as being just 3 miles from the Knepp Estate, which has an abundance of birds & butterflies and plenty of lovely walks.

purple emperor butterfly at the near by Knepp Estate
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Stay on a farm and feed the animals at Gaveston Hall, great for groups

February 27th 2022

Great value hostel accommodation for groups of 40 to 100, in old school dormitories, private single and twin rooms and chalets set within the grounds of a 100acre woodland and farm.

Ideal for large groups of 40 – 100. Where your group would get exclusive of the large grounds lots to explore and animals to meet. There are 100 acres of private woodlands, meadows, lakes and streams so children and adults alike can play and adventure in a peaceful and protected environment. See wild animals such as elusive deer, foxes and bats that roam freely and badgers that emerge from their setts at dusk. if you have no luck spotting the wild animals, there are plenty of farm animals to meet and feed too such as chickens, goats and horses.

Gaveston Hall is close enough to London to make it easy for a weekend countryside getaway.


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Gaveston Hall, Group Hostel Accommodation

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