Arundel Journals

The Quintessential English Village

A travel journal to Arundel by JohnR

Quote: A picture postcard perfect village dominated by a castle on the hill above it.

The Quintessential English Village

Overview

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Shops (mostly antique) on the High Street; tour Arundel Castle; feed the swans on the river; boat rides.

Quick Tips:

Stay in a luxurious room in a 12th century castle in nearby Amberly

Best Way To Get Around:

Shank's mare.* *I have been told that many of our readers are perhaps too young to know that 'shank's mare' is an old expression for "on foot."

Swan Hotel

Hotel

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The Swan Hotel in the heart of historic Arundel consists of around fifteen rooms upstairs over a pub and restaurant. Our double room had twin beds, ensuite bath, and telephone.

Parking is available in a public lot behind the hotel.

Despite being upstairs over a pub, the room was quiet.

A room for two cost us around $90 (a slightly discounted rate obtained through a reservation service - see separate journal).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2000

Swan Hotel
27-29 High Street
Arundel, England
01903882314

Amberley Castle

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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Relatives of mine (an aunt and uncle) reported a stay in an authentic castle was a ghastly (as opposed to ghostly) experience. No heat, very rundown, etc. Not so Amberley Castle. Amberley is an authentic 12th century castle in Amberley England (about ten miles from Arundel) which has been renovated into a luxury hotel. Our room had a queen size bed with a massive purple canopy, and was luxurious in every respect. The bathroom contained the usual amenities plus Jacuzzi and bidet. As our room was adjacent to a tower, it had its own private door leading to the tower stairs and the battlements above. Peacocks, including unusual white peacocks, ro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2000

Amberley Castle
Arundel
Arundel, England

Swan Hotel

Restaurant

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We ate in the restaurant attached to the Swan Hotel where we were staying because a) it was convenient, and b) we were exhausted, having driven from Bath earlier in the day. The menu had enough options to satisfy two people with highly different food tastes - I love fine dining and will try foods of almost any ethnicity, whereas my partner is not particularly adventuresome (except under duress) and prefers 'ordinary food,' whatever that means. I have higher expectations of wine lists than do most people, as I am a wine fan (I am chairman of a wine and food society at home), and the offered listings did not disappoint me. Service was rather slow as the resta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2000

Swan Hotel
27-29 High Street
Arundel, England

Musings

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

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Before my first visit to Arundel, I, like most Americans I know, pronounced it a-RUN-dul. This was quickly and kindly corrected by a service station attendant from whom I sought directions. I asked him how to get to a-RUN-dul, and he said 'sir, it is pronounced AIR-un-dul.' However you say it (and these days I say it correctly), Arundel is the quintessentially quaint English village. I first saw Arundel from the highway in the spring of 1994. We drove in from the East, and as the highway rounded a gentle curve, we saw the village of Arundel off to our left, with its Castle dominating it from above. It was in April and the early morning fog was just burning off. The whole sce...Read More