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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Omg what a lovely hotel. Me and my wife stayed for a night on Saturday. Has I pulled up to reception a man came out to take our luggage. Then asked if I wanted him to park the car and that was the start of a absolutely lovely night. From the moment you arrive you are made to feel special.the staff are amazing not a few but all of them. We had just a lovely welcome . From the spa the bar the restaurant in the evening the food was amazing. And our room was amazing. So thank you for a lovely stay . I can’t recommend this hotel enough so if you’re thinking of going to this hotel . Please do you will love it . So thank you again to all the staff
The most incredible place and best hotel we have ever had the privilege of staying at. Incredible room, service, food, spa and grounds. The perfect place for a special occasion. We got engaged here a couple of years ago and we came back for our first wedding anniversary this weekend. Can’t recommend this place enough, everything is brilliant!
When life gets too manic there is nothing as healing as removing oneself for a night or two. Just far enough from London to feel like you are in a different world. From the minute we arrived we just felt pampered and genuinely cared for. A warm welcome in a beautiful, luxurious country house hotel. They think of everything even down to the row of wellies you can borrow if you want to walk around the grounds and it’s been raining. It was spotlessly clean, very peaceful and we had a lovely quiet room. The amazing food, truly lovely spa with thick, hot towels, complimentary robes and slippers and a huge comfy bed all combined with a decent night’s sleep made this mini break one of the best that we have done. We can definitely recommend doing this and we will definitely go back again soon.