Alexander House And Utopia Spa
What We Love
- 120 acres of graceful grounds; hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are all on offer
- Stellar seven-course tasting menu served in AG’s formal dining room
- The outdoor hot tub, set in a tranquil English garden
What To Know
- Be prepared for an ultra-laid-back vibe; some guests have breakfast in robes and slippers
- Free WiFi
- It's just over an hour's drive from central London
- Gatwick airport is eight miles away
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on 120 acres, Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa is an 18th-century manor house hotel in leafy West Sussex, an hour’s drive from London. Behind an imposing red brick façade, the lobby is suitably opulent, furnished with elegant wood paneling, chandeliers and oil paintings of tropical birds. There are original features aplenty in the drawing room: cream plaster cornices, bay windows with garden views, and a cream and honey-colored marble fireplace. The high-ceilinged entrance to the spa has some quirky features, including an oversize vintage birdcage containing three zebra finches.
Bed and Bath
Georgian sash windows let plenty of light flood into the large, airy guestrooms. Heavy silk drapes, period furniture and gold-tinged textured wallpaper all nod to the house’s rich history, while Sony stereo systems and iPod docks are welcome modern additions. Bathrooms are equally roomy, fitted out in cream and toffee marble, with large oval baths, walk-in rain showers and Temple Spa products.
The hotel’s bistro, Reflections, focuses on such hearty British fare as Dover sole, pot-roasted chicken and sirloin steak sandwiches on homemade onion bread. Meals are served alfresco in the summer months. AG’s, the candlelit formal dining room, is a much grander affair, and the seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings is exceptional. The real deal-sealer, however, is the hotel’s Utopia Spa, a subterranean dream of therapy pools, mosaic hot tubs, Grecian-style pillars, and a list of more than 40 tempting treatments. Be sure to leave time to soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi, set in an idyllic Georgian garden.
In the Area
The gorgeous Sussex countryside surrounding Alexander House is a treasure trove of historic monuments. Hever Castle was the childhood home of Henry VIII’s wife Anne Boleyn, while nearby Chartwell House was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill for more than 40 years. Wakehurst Gardens, a country estate affiliated with world-renowned Kew Gardens in London, is a bona fide British gem. And opera lovers flock to Glyndebourne, a cultural institution since the 1930s.
How to Get There
From the moment you turn into the driveway the sense of relaxation kicks in, the concierge will greet you and show you to reception where the check-in experience is swift and flawless
Relax in the many area and treatments in the spa area from a workout to a massage or just using the other facilities you won’t be disappointed
I highly recommend you try AGs as the food is amazing and service is some of the best I’ve ever experienced
Then in to the Champagne Bar where you’ll find the staff will take care of everything and help you end an evening perfectly
I highly recommend you find all of this out for yourself
My day started out really badly. Five hour journey from my home to Gatwick airport. M11 closed and logged jammed on M25. Yep we missed our flights.
Found this hotel on booking.com looked a great deal so booked it just for a night.
Cosy attic room they said. Cosy it was but like a furnace. Opened the windows only to hear the sound of generators below in court yard. Hence didn’t sleep. Was stressed after missing flight, too hot and noisy. However, bed was very comfortable and sheets lovely, fresh and inviting.
Enjoyed a lovely meal in the brassiere. Beautifully cooked veggies elegantly presented, mouth watering sobets to finish off. Friendly and helpful staff.
Spa: Rather dark and gloomy I felt. Dark tiled pool so doesn’t seem refreshing or invigorating. Annoying roman pillars in the pool so impossible to swim lengths. More suitable for canoodling couples, of which there were plenty. It’s was Valentines after all.
Outside sauna was poor and didn’t heat up adequately.
I’m sure my frame of mind didn’t help so I gave it a four star rating.
Would I stay again? Not intending to miss any more flights. 😂
I queried our booking conditions, as not as stated on t&c page, and not clearly explained over the phone.Very rude and supercilious treatment, was told I was not 'as conversant' with hospitality terms as most other guests!Appalling.
Fantastic place. My mum and I went for a spa day for my birthday and it was a very relaxing and lovely experience. The indoor spa facilities are great, my only slight complaint is the outside jacuzzi is a little small and was fairly busy, but you can wonder round the beautiful grounds whilst you are waiting. The afternoon lunch was also amazing, highly recommended place for a relaxing indulgent day.
I took my wife here for he Birthday and we both loved it. The hotel and facilities are fantastic. We didn't use the restaurant, instead opting to relax in our oom with room service. The food was delicious and the service very good. The outdoor hot tubs were even more enjoyable in the cold January frost. the only let down was the outdoor sauna wasn't particularly hot and the massages weren't for the full allocated time. Despite this, I would recommend