Park House Hotel
What We Love
- The grounds are home to tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a bowling green, a golf course and an outdoor pool (all free to use)
- Dining on classic British dishes flavored with herbs grown in the kitchen garden
What To Know
- A car is recommended in these parts; the hotel is a 20-minute cab ride from the nearest train station
- The closest town (for shops, pubs and restaurants) is a 40-minute walk
- The heated outdoor pool is open from April through September (weather permitting)
- Sublime spa is located next to the hotel in a converted barn
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set in a sleepy village in West Sussex, less than a two-hour drive from London, Park House Hotel is a country pad that delivers a Best of British experience in spades. The crunchy gravel drive leads to a cozy lobby complete with wellington boots and walking maps, the drawing room hums with the sound of a crackling fire and clinking china teacups, and the manicured grounds are home to a croquet lawn, tennis courts, a six-hole golf course and a heated outdoor pool. The family-run property was a high society hot spot in the 1950s, attracting Indian maharajas who would play polo at nearby Cowdray Park. Now it attracts urbanites with a taste for the great outdoors, a penchant for country pursuits and a need for some rural R&R.
Bed and Bath
The light-flooded rooms are comfortingly traditional and are kitted out with lacquered furniture, sink-into armchairs and chaise longues. The overall feel is calming, but the fabrics are busy: Bold floral flourishes are everywhere, from the bedding and walls to the curtains that frame views of the grounds and South Downs National Park. Quirky room layouts are a jumble of nooks, crannies, alcoves and oak beam ceilings, all harking back to the hotel’s former life as a farmhouse. Bathrooms feature separate tubs and showers and are stocked with Aromatherapy Associates products.
You could quite happily reach a state of bucolic seclusion without leaving the grounds of the hotel. For active types, the tennis courts, six-hole golf course, croquet lawn, bowling green and outdoor pool are all free to use from the end of April through September (weather permitting). The PH2O spa is housed in a separate outbuilding, and the facilities (indoor pool, sauna, steam room, smart gym and mini–foot spas) are top-notch. In the evening you’re encouraged to help yourself to a pre-dinner drink from the honor system bar and dine in the glass conservatory restaurant overlooking the grounds. Classic English dishes (flavored with herbs and greens from the kitchen garden) dominate the menu, and the drink list features wines from West Sussex vineyards
How to Get There
A 3 night stay in Bay Tree Cottage. This is a stand alone out building, mere steps from the Spa and main building. Super quiet, with separate bedroom, kitchen and sitting room with gas fireplace. One could self cater in Bay Tree if you wished. Staff were all exceptionally friendly, and most helpful with any question or need we had. We had massages at the Spa. It is lovely, and the services were outstanding. We are booked to return in November already! Highly recommended.
I stayed here as I had a wedding to attend near by. The hotel is simply gorgeous! The hotel I believe is family run and used to be a beautiful house. The spa/pool area is in a beautiful new barn and its all so clean and immaculate! Our room was clean, airy, fresh and had everything we needed. I actually didn't want to leave! We had the most amazing views out to the fields, we were able to open our window and take in the country. Breakfast was delicious, anything you wanted, cooked breakfast, pastries, fresh fruit and juices and cereals. Service was great, again the room we ate looked out to the beautiful grounds. I used the pool and gym, all clean and well equipped. I would loved to visit again!!!!
Having been lucky enough to visit this beautiful hotel and spa many times,today did not disappoint,I went with a friend for a birthday lunch who had not been before,the service was excellent and all the staff can’t do enough for you to make your visit enjoyable,the food was first class,we had a delicious apple and Roquefort salad,a lovely pork belly with red cabbage and potatoes and a lemon and rhubarb pudding.We sat in the conservatory over looking the garden which was wonderful.If you’ve never been before give it a try you won’t be disappointed.
This is a wonderful hotel – in my opinion the perfect English country house hotel. There is everything you need here for a restful stay in West Sussex.
The bedrooms are just lovely, so comfortable, we had room 2 which I can recommend for lovely views of the grounds.
Park House is immaculately looked after, the house, the grounds, gardens, pool and spa, the lawns – all tip top and beautiful.
The little extras of the turn down service in the evening, fresh milk for the room when you need it, lovely staff – all make a 2 night stay feel like a week of rest!
I had spa treatments which were great, again both pools and facilities all really great and so clean. The lawn tennis courts too with rackets and tennis balls provided – all make for great stay. Does not feel like a hotel it feels like welcoming home. Thank you for a lovely stay, I hope to return very soon.
Stayed at Park House with my husband for a weekend getaway and we absolutely loved it, cannot praise the hotel enough! We felt very welcomed, all the staff were amazing, they were so friendly and couldn't do enough to help out. The room was gorgeous and very well maintained. All the public areas were well kept also. Food was incredible.
As for the Spa, it was gorgeous! Lounging by the outdoor pool with a cocktail in hand from the pool bar, truly felt like we were on a holiday abroad!
We will definitely be returning, Park House is an absolute hidden gem!!!