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
- 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
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Lovely comfortable family owned hotel. Lovely comfortable bedroom . Beautifully clean.
And the evening meal was as good as you could wish for. Delicious and a sensible varied price list for the wines I chose an inexpensive Claret which was great.
Not cheap but worth it.
A very comfortable night’s stay in one of the master bedrooms; a small blip re the room being heated for our arrival was quickly rectified once reported. Immacutely clean and well maintained hotel. Rebecca at reception, who made our booking and who was on duty on the morning of our departure, offered extremely professional and friendly service and is a credit to the establishment. Breakfast waiting staff were very courteous and service was very good as was the breakfast itself; a wide range of sweet and savoury food is offered. The cooked breakfast is generous and beautifully prepared.
The spa is exceptional and clearly a lot of care has gone into this investment which is of the highest quality. Staff are friendly, courteous and very helpful. The pool and changing areas are pristine. The temperature of the pool is just right. The Pilates class which takes place in the barn, run on this occasion by Nicola, is excellent - one of the best that one has ever attended.
We are sorry that we did have the pleasure of meeting Mr Yates, the manager, on this occasion, who deserves congratulations for his management skills and is clearly an experienced professional in the high end hospitality business. We look forward to doing so when we return.
My wife and I last visited this hotel 4 years ago and were so luck to be invited back for a friend's birthday. We had such fond memories of our first stay and they all came flooding back the moment we arrived. The staff - ALL OF THEM EXCEPTIONAL! So friendly, nothing is too much trouble and they made EVERYONE feel instantly at ease. The food - outstanding, delicious, amazing! The rooms are all stunning, as are the grounds and we just wish we could go back to this incredibly warm and relaxing hotel more often. It's in a league of its own - could not recommend it highly enough!!
We have just had two days at the lovely park house hotel. We stayed in one of the cottages which was ideal for two couples.
The hotel was absolutely immaculate and everything was of the highest quality.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
That includes the spa staff.I highly recommend a spa treatment
The general manager was very visible and appeared to be on top of his game all times.
Very good experience. Looking forward to another stay very soon.
Exceptional week’s stay in Polo cottage, a two bedroom, two bathroom suite which was of a very high standard. The hotel had a very relaxed and friendly feel. The main lounge was very comfy and good to relax in. The food was excellent throughout our stay with a varied menu and great quality. All the staff were great, a credit to Mark and his management team. We used the spa facilities including the pool and treatments. The little 6 hole golf course is a great added benefit.
Superb location for Goodwood, Chichester and the South Downs or as somewhere to go relax.