Residential accommodation for short courses

For courses of more than one day

Choose to stay in a traditional or modern room and wake up to the characterful charm of this period property set in acres of parkland. Rooms are in the main house. During Easter and the summer accommodation is also available in Ivy Cottage, Foresters Cottage and the elegant Old Vicarage.  At the end of each day relax with new friends and a glass of wine in the Steward's Bar, or curl up with a book in the historic Oak Hall.

Room facilities:

  • Tea and coffee
  • Clock radio
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Ensuite or adjacent private facilities
  • Toiletries
  • Towels

You are welcome to bring a guest, sharing your room on a resident only basis, even if they don't want to book on a course. Please refer to the Accommodation Fees for current prices.

Dine with us

Start the day with a traditional English or continental breakfast in the airy dining room. For lunch and dinner, you will find a tempting new menu each day, with seasonal hot dishes, salads and a range of puddings. Locally sourced ingredients are used where possible including produce grown in West Dean Gardens.

Dinner on the first night and lunch throughout your course is included in your course price. If you are residential and staying with us breakfast and dinner are also included for the duration of your stay.

How to book your accommodation

Online: You can book your accommodation requirements when you book your course online. Simply click 'Book now' on the course page. If you would like to book a student pod, please call or email us.

By phone: Call 01243 818300

By post: Download and complete the booking form and return to us at:

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
West Dean
Nr Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 0QZ

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Student Pods

New Student Pods are available from October 2021 at a reduced rate of £75 per night for dinner, bed & breakfast, for a single room with an en-suite shower and toilet. Each pod includes a study area, wardrobe space, WIFI, its own secure locking door and window, and individual thermostatic temperature control.  A safe, warm, affordable sleeping option on campus to enjoy your short course! 

For more details or to book email us or call 01243 818300 (option 2).

Accommodation Fees 2020-21

Accommodation fees 2020-21 **Annexe rooms/ Student pods Standard rooms Superior rooms

Price per person

Accommodation includes dinner and breakfast

With ensuite shower  With private bath/shower, ensuite or adjacent (Main House/Vicarage/Foresters/Ivy Cottage) With ensuite bath/shower (Main House/Vicarage)
    Single occupancy Single occupancy Twin occupancy Single occupancy Twin occupancy
SWE Weekend (Friday evening to Sunday pm) £139 £185 £127 £229 £149
S2D 2 day course £139 £185 £127 £229 £149
SLW Long weekend (Thursday/Friday evening to Sunday/Monday pm) £214 £283 £196 £349 £229
S3D 3 day course £214 £283 £196 £349 £229
S4D 4 day course £289 £381 £265 £469 £309
S5D 5 day course £364 £479 £334 £589 £389
S6D 6 day course £439 £577 £403 £709 £469
S7D 7 day course £514 £675 £472 £829 £549
SMI 9 days Musical Instrument Making *£576 *£783 *£522 *£981 *£621

       4½ days          Chilingirian Quartet course

*£256 *£348 *£232 *£436 *£276
SCG 5 days Classical Guitar Festival *£320 *£435 *£290 *£545 *£345
SSS 6 days Summer School *£384 *£522 *£348 *£654 *£414

*The course fees shown against the course entries for SMI, SCQ, SCG and SSS include all dinners as evening sessions are planned - the room rates have therefore been reduced accordingly.

**Please note, Annexe Rooms can only be booked during Easter and summer holidays (1 April – 16 April and 18 July – 20 September). Student pods are available from October 2021.

Resident only non-students

A rate of £82.80 (incl. VAT) per night for dinner, bed and breakfast is payable by a guest sharing a standard room with a paying student and £96.00 (incl. VAT) per night dinner, bed and breakfast if sharing a superior room with a paying student. Lunch, if required, can be booked in advance or at Reception on arrival.

Course deposits (postal bookings only)

Per person per course. More than six weeks prior to the course, a deposit of £130 secures a place (or the full course fee of £130 or less).

Any balance is payable six weeks prior to the start of the course.

If you are booking a Building Conservation Masterclass, Object and Materials course or a British Library course, please see the Conservation Short Course Accommodation Fees table below.

Conservation Accommodation Fees 2020-21

Course Length *Annexe Rooms Standard Rooms Superior Rooms
  With ensuite shower  With ensuite or adjacent private bathroom (Main House/Vicarage) With ensuite bathroom (Main House/Vicarage)
2 Days £128 £174 £218
3 Days £192 £261 £327
4 Days £256 £348 £436
*Please note, Annexe Rooms can only be booked during Easter and summer holidays (1 April – 16 April and 18 July – 20 September).

Accommodation Fees October 2020 - September 2021, if you are booking a Building Conservation Masterclass, Object and Materials Course or a British Library course.


The pergola in West Dean Gardens
The Oak Hall
The swimming pool at the Vicarage
Inside a student pod

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