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
Celebrating a wedding anniversary we decided to avoid long journeys and find a nice place close to home. Our choice could not have been better in all aspects. Comfortable, immaculately presented room, excellent dining and very friendly and co-operative staff. Our initial phone call which finalised our decision was a chat with the delightful Rebecca who made us feel that we definitely should visit and we were not disappointed. We hope to return later in the year.
I visited the Park House Hotel spa , the premises are spotless, beautiful surroundings. Pleasant staff.
My friend and l had a nail treatment. It was excellent, thank you Laine. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, we loved the jacuzzi, indoor pool area. We went outside briefly by the outside pool, with bar. It wasn’t busy so found this area relaxing. All in all a great experience which we hope to do again for a special treat.
We stayed here as a family for 2 nights and had a lovely relaxing time. The hotel, spa, and its grounds are beautiful and impeccably maintained - we enjoyed croquet, golf and both the indoor and outdoor pool during our stay. Service was friendly and personal without being intrusive, and all of the staff were very accommodating of our baby daughter. We had a nice large bedroom which easily fitted a travel cot and was spotlessly clean with a very powerful shower. We will be back!
Treated to a birthday lunch in this delightful, secluded Hotel. Beautiful surroundings, lovely decor and very attentive waiter. Food simply sublime, a real treat. Amazed that this place is not always busy, it's a little gem.
We had not stayed here for 8 years ! No reason just other things happening. We are blessed to stay in 5 star properties alot and this hotel is,by comparison, very much in the same league.
It is aspirational, friendly with attention to detail, you feel special. I gather the property is headed up by Messrs Yates and Brown, evidently they know their stuff! and very ably supported by an enthusiastic team- well done to you ALL, we very much look forward to returning and dining, swimming, golf/ tennis and all within 30 feet of our bedroom- absolutely marvellous!