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
How to Get There
Lovely midweek stay at this delectable place. Excellent dinner and relaxing night in a beautiful bedroom. The staff were attentive and lovely, and to be surrounded by all the artwork was a real treat. Altogether a great time!
Our second stay at The Park House...and for good reason...it’s heavenly. Intimate, welcoming, peaceful and warm...it really feels like your own home...with someone else doing all the work! The staff are delightful...particularly the cheerful and friendly receptionist Kate, the food was memorable, especially the divinely genius Marmalade Soufflé...miss it at your peril. Unusual and delicious wines...in fact Park House only leaves you wanting one thing....another night
Thankyou Mark and team. See you next time
This is the second time my wife and i have visited and will not be the last.
We visited here on December 27th for a well earned rest after having all the family over for xmas day and boxing day.
We arrived at 10am to make sure we made full use of the spa and restaurant before gaining access to our room. The spa and pool area are modern and clean and staff are very helpful and provided the usual towels, robs and slippers. We then went for afternoon tea in the main building which is beautifully cozy with log fire in the lounge area. The afternoon tea is plentiful and we were unable to finish the sweet courses so asked the waiter if it would be ok for them to deliver the scones and creams to our room. This was of course no problem and in fact within 5 mins of reaching our room the scones were delivered. This is a common theme for the hotel as the staff are willing to do anything to please.
The room was a Master bedroom which was in the building next to the main hotel (only a 20yard walk to the main building) and was amazing with a large bed, separate small 'lounge area', bath and separate shower and double doors out to a private outside area with chairs and table from both the bedroom and lounge area.
Evening dinner was also amazing with a good selection fish, meats and veg with everything cooked to perfection.
All in all this is a wonderful place that we will be visiting again and again.
Visited The park Hotel Resteraunt as a party of 3 in December. After arriving to an empty resteraunt and 2 waiters, we would never have imagined to be complaining about the service, but it was awful.
The waiters would regularly go completely missing with us having to go looking for them for ordering drinks, food, the bill and even our coats. This resulted in the receptionist having to go and find them on many occasions, agreeing that the service was unacceptable. Plates would be left on our table until the next food was arriving and we felt as if we were more of an inconvenience than anything, with the staff looking completely uninterested.
I was recommended the hotel by a friend and cannot stress how dissapointed we were. It felt so awkward and unwelcoming that we really should have just left straight away. Very rarely do I write a review on a meal but I just wanted to warn others not to be as dissapointed as us and spend your good money somewhere else.
I expect that most of the good reviews are in relation to the hotel and the spa and not the resteraunt. If your planning on eating at the resteraunt, give it a second thought!
A NY eve break for a couple of days and couldn't have been nicer. . everyone, and I mean everyone, was so kind and friendly and made us feel welcome. Staff saying how it's the nicest place they've worked at and so that translates into the experience that we, as guests, then get. Special shout out to Bethany and the ladies in the spa who helped us melt away all stresses and the rest of the team in the hotel for making us feel welcome. Lovely thank you.