The sun sets around 4.00pm in England meaning that the drive from Gatwick Airport to Bosham, a small seaside village just south of Chichester, was conducted in rapidly gathering dark, along narrow country roads and in pouring rain. Having a Tomtom to find the B&B was helpful only to a point. Fastest route or shortest route? The Tomtom decided that a diagonal zigzag across the countryside was the optimal journey.
Furthermore, many properties on country roads don’t have numbers. In addition to that challenge, there is minimal street lighting, so trying to spot the B&B at night in slashing rain was impossible. In desperation, stopped at a garden centre and received advice to look for the place a bit along the road with a small boat out the front. Had passed it several times going up and down the stretch of road that registered as being in Bosham. Easy to miss in the dark given that it had no external lighting on and no sign out the front.
Fortunately the venison pie with roast winter vegetables, rustic mash and a glass of very nice red at the White Swan, an inn more than 300 years old – mind your head – hit the spot.