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
Emily Gordon at this hotel absolutely came to our rescue, We had our Christmas party booked on "No Mans Fort" for Friday 7th December, but unfortunately due to adverse weather this was cancelled on the Wednesday Morning. I live quite close to Turners Hill so instantly thought of Alexander House Hotel as an option. we were in luck, they had a Christmas Party event on that Friday, however it was fully booked, Emily was very simpathetic to our situation and after a few internal phone calls she came straight back to me with a superb compromise. we had a private room for the 10 of us with the Christmas party menu served and then on into the function room from 10pm. The food was excellent and to top it all as the room was a bit quiet we asked for a speaker to run one of our I phones off and the hotel came up trumps again, nothing was too much trouble. we booked 5 Garden suits with them and myself, my partner and work coleagues were all over the moon with the quality and quality of these rooms. all topped of with an excellent breakfast the following day.
only 1 very small criticism is that they needed a few more staff behind the bar throughout the day as drinks were quite slow to be served.
overall a fantastic experience, thank you Emily
I didn't actually get to say at Alexander House, which is a shame as it looked nice.
Having booked, I realised from the small print in the booking that they charge extra to access the spa facilities. Now, of course you would expect to pay for massages or whatever, but they charge you £20 per person, per night, just to use the pool.
I was incredulous. If this was a low-end place, then you might expect to be charged for everything as an extra, but this is £300+ per night.
If they can levy this extra charge, what else might you have to pay for - pillows, tap water, air? I decided I wouldn't risk it, and cancelled my booking.........dreadful behaviour to exploit guests in this way, and if I can let others know about this money grabbing tactic, then I am happy to do so.
We booked a suite and wow what a lovely room it was!
The room was fabulously decorated with a 50”TV. The bathroom had a roll top bath and the shower had jets coming out everywhere.
Spotlessly clean I can’t fault this place.
The food was 1st class. I had a fillet steak cooked to perfection and my wife had lamb which she enjoyed.
We had a nice walk in the beautiful grounds and sat and admired the views.
There are open fires to sit at and enjoy with a glass of wine also!
I would highly recommend this hotel to all ages.
My friend and I visited this hotel on Sunday 9th December. From beginning to end our stay was 5 star! I’m struggling to understand the previous poor reviews I’ve just read, as this was most certainly not the case for us!
My friend and I do an annual spa break every Christmas and this was our second visit in a row to Alexander House.
We were greeted before even entering the hotel and our bags were carried in for us. The receptionist was lovely and very welcoming. We were a little early so had a drink at the bar before checking in. The bar staff were lovely and we had a great spot by the fire.
We were then shown to our room -Silver Birch- which, funnily enough, we’d stayed in on our previous visit. We were delighted as it’s a beautiful, spacious room with a lovely big bathroom! Our luggage was brought straight up to our room.
The spa wasn’t too busy at all- the steam room was out of use which was a shame but the rest of the spa is so amazing that it didn’t matter at all. We loved the outside jacuzzi! Heavenly!
We ate dinner in AG’s. Our waitress was was fantastic! Very informative with a lovely sense of humour! The other waiting staff were also excellent. We had the most amazing food- I would highly recommend the Scallops and sea bass!
We retired to the bar for a cocktail where, again, the bar staff were great!
Breakfast the next day was plentiful - so much choice! The smashed avocado and chilli on sour dough was delicious!
Overall we had a fabulous time! The hotel is stunning and we cannot wait to come back- by far my favourite spa hotel!
Arrived at the Alexander House Hotel. Staff very friendly and helpful especially Charles front of house is very helpful and informative about the hotel.
We had lunch, dinner and breakfast all really nice. The room was on the small side but nice view of the gardens, the room was very clean.
Spa is a bit expensive for treatments and jacuzzi etc was really nice.