21. 5 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled, 9 in cottages in grounds.
all year, except 25/26 Dec.
drawing room, bar, dining room, conservatory, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, 10-acre grounds, spa, heated swimming pools, tennis, pitch and putt, six-hole 18-tee golf course.
in dining room/conservatory.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms (charge), not in public rooms.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B single £135-£315, double £150-£320, D,B&B £230-£430. Set dinner £33-£45.
Good Hotel Guide Review
The day is one long round of pleasure at this ‘luxurious but unstuffy’ Edwardian country house beneath the South Downs, where classic lawn sports and garden games make jolly the ‘gorgeous, well-maintained’ grounds. Lawn tennis, croquet, bowls and golf are on offer; there are heated swimming pools indoors and out, plus a sleek spa for the weary of limb. Sixty years after Michael and Ioné O’Brien first opened their house to paying guests, the hotel retains a ‘home-away-from-home’ feel – ‘intimate and relaxed’, yet just right for celebrations and special occasions, a trusted Guide reader says this year. Bedrooms in the main house and in cottages in the grounds are prettily, traditionally styled, with ‘a fabulous bed’ and views over the lawn. After cucumber sandwiches at afternoon tea, country-house dinners suit the surrounds: chef Callum Keir’s ‘first-class’ modern dishes might include chard and tomato chutney tart, rarebit; beef Wellington, shimeji mushrooms, celeriac. And if you hear murmurs of ‘hired assassins’ from fellow diners, never fear – that’s just polo talk among the players from nearby Cowdray Park. (Mary Woods, and others)