The Beach

Charlton House is in South Hayling on Hollow Lane and is 500 yards from the beachfront. The blue flag beach runs the entire 4 mile width of the south of the island, from Sandy Point at Chichester Harbour on the east side – right across to West Beach at Langstone Harbour on the west side. The attached drone video shows our proximity to the beach and a tour along the front.

Eating and drinking

Food and drink wise, there are plenty of pubs to choose from but there is also a variety of restaurants – brasserie style, Thai, Indian, Chinese, traditional English, or good old fish and chips.

Please ask us for any nudges in the right direction depending on what you fancy.

Walking and Cycling

Hayling Island has a number of areas officially designated as AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) or SSSI (Site of Specific Scientific Interest), including Chichester and Langstone Harbours, to the east and west of the island respectively. The Hayling Billy trail, so-called and named after the original railway line, runs the 6-mile length of the island from north to south, and is ideal for walking, running or cycling.

Cycle Hire is available from several local companies


Hayling Golf Club is a private members club established in 1883, and ranked 60th in England’s Top 100 courses of 2019. Visitors are welcome and details are available on the website at haylinggolf.co.uk

There is also an excellent municipal golf course and driving range on the Island at Tournerbury Golf Centre, contactable here.

Both courses are within a mile of Charlton House.


Hayling Island’s West Beach is rated as the 5th best kitesurfing location in the world, and we can certainly vouch for that. The East Winner sandbar, which appears 4 hours either side of low tide creates a huge flat shallow lagoon for over a kilometre out to sea producing perfect learning conditions which can be ridden in any wind direction.

The local club, shop and school is CBK, run by one of the sports original pioneers, Chris Bull, who is also Kiteworld’s Test Editor and UK Judge for the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town. Day passes are available from CBK for visitors for £20, and there is also a public kitesurfing spot at the bottom of Chichester Avenue. Both locations are half a mile from Charlton House.

Contact Chris or Rosemary Bull at cbk-haylingisland.com. Anybody coming down for lessons or day passes at CBK receives a 10% discount when booking direct to stay with us.

Sailing and Boating

HISC is a private member sailing club, located at Sandy Point in Chichester Harbour. Although they have their own basic onsite accommodation, it gets very booked over busy event weekends. They can be contacted at hisc.co.uk

For boat owners wanting to launch their own boats or jet bikes there is a free use slipway at the West end of the island by the Ferryboat Inn.