Good Hotel Guide Review
‘All aspects of the hotel hit the standard: staff service, decor, food quality, ambience.’ New endorsements for this Edwardian country house hotel under the South Downs. Founded by Ioné and Michael O’Brien when rationing was still in force, it is today, under grandson Seamus, all about living it large, with a spa, a six-hole, 18-tee golf course, pools indoors and out. ‘Grounds and amenities were impressive, especially the two grass tennis courts.’ The ‘immaculate' main house bedrooms are pretty and traditional, some with a separate seating area, balcony or terrace. Nine are in separate cottages. ‘We stayed in Polo Cottage [Cowdray Park is nearby], close to the main hotel and manageable for my disabled bro.’ There is a happy ethos: ‘From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with enormous smiles from the friendly staff.’ In dining room or conservatory, overlooking the croquet lawn, Callum Keir’s three-course menus include such dishes as baked cod, Puy lentils, curried cauliflower; corn-fed chicken, lime and chilli honey-roasted parsnips. An ‘utterly delicious’ breakfast brings free-range eggs, kippers, oak-smoked haddock. (Max Lickfold, Ben Rymer)
21. 5 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled, 9 in cottages in grounds.
all year, except 23–27 Dec.
drawing room, bar, dining room, conservatory, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, 10-acre grounds, spa, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, public rooms and spa wheelchair accessible.
background in restaurants.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms with garden access. not public rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £150– £320, D,B&B £230–£340. Set dinner £45. Min. 2-night stay Fri/Sat.