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Park House hotel and spa: a West Sussex secret (but not for much longer)

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It’s been receiving guests for more than 60 years but Park House hotel and spa is only now making the transition from well-kept local secret to firm fixture on the British country house hotel scene. With a new general manager – Mark Yates, formerly of Harbour Hotels and Careys Manor – and its spa PH2O being shortlisted for the ‘Best Boutique Spa’ category in this year’s prestigious Good Spa Guide awards, Park House hotel is making a name for itself and, judging by my recent stay there, seems more than up to the task.

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Park House hotel has two good-sized swimming pools; one outside and the other in the main spa building which also contains a gym and treatment rooms

Hidden deep in the West Sussex countryside – if you drive up from nearby Goodwood then the journey takes in single-track roads with high hedges and invariably a tractor coming the other way, the easier route is down from Midhurst – Park Hotel hotel isn’t vast but manages to pack a lot into the space it has.

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At the back of the hotel is a golf course, a bowling lawn, two tennis courts and a croquet lawn

The grounds behind the hotel are surrounded by lush green Sussex countryside and offers two lawn tennis courts, a bowling green, a small but perfectly-formed six-hole golf course, two helipads, and a croquet lawn. The spa has both an indoor and an outdoor pool – the weather was warm enough at the beginning of October for me to swim in the outdoor pool – as well as a jacuzzi, a steam room and sauna and a gym and fitness studio.

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The spa (pictured, the indoor pool and hot tub) at Park House hotel has been shortlisted for a prestigious Good Spa Guide this year

However this doesn’t mean that you have to work yourself into the ground at Park House hotel. Instead of hitting the gym I opted for an extremely relaxing massage following my swim, had a foot spa which was thoughtfully provided in the changing rooms, before floating  back to my room in my fluffy white toweling robe.


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There are 12 en-suite bedrooms in the main house, six in the separate South Downs Cottage, two in Polo Cottage and one in Bay Tree Cottage; the cottages can all be hired out for exclusive use, such as for families, wedding parties or country sports enthusiasts.

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Our room in South Downs Cottage was immaculate and decorated in a smart, classic style
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The bathroom wasn’t spacious but was very smart, with underfloor heating, a walk-in shower (on the right) and a range of toiletries
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Our room has a cosy sofa and a balcony overlooking the garden below

We stayed in South Downs Cottage and our first floor room was immaculate, with a balcony overlooking the kitchen garden and a very smart bathroom with underfloor heating. Again Park House hotel managed to pack a lot into a compact space, with all the essentials of a good hotel room: coffee machine, desk, TV, plug points everywhere and ample storage space.

Park House hotel was originally run by owners Ione and Michael O’Brien as a home where friends could stay, and gradually evolved into the country house hotel it is today, run by their grandson Seamus. This gives it a warm and cosy feeling, such as in the lounge where people were having afternoon tea, or meeting for pre-dinner drinks, but means some areas feel a little old-fashioned, such as the conservatory where dozens of photos of celebrities from yesteryear adorn the walls. I’d say Park House hotel fits into the traditional hotel category rather than being a modern boutique hotel but that’s its charm; that and the very friendly and efficient staff.

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The lounge where guests enjoy afternoon tea or pre-dinner drinks

Dinner looked promising from the very start, with clear and well-thought out menu of classic British dishes. We had the cod with wilted spinach and handpicked crab with avocado cream to start, and then both chose the lamb rump, having it with green beans, olives and saffron potatoes which were supposed to accompany the sea trout dish instead: however the kitchen was happy to accommodate.

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Handpicked crab with apple and avocado cream starter
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A impressively-sized lamb rump with quails eggs and new potatoes

The lamb was perfectly cooked and was the largest helping I’d seen for some time: we just about had room to share the pistachio, chocolate and raspberry souffle before ambling across the gravel driveway to our cottage and bed.

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Pistachio souffle with chocolate sauce and raspberry sorbet

Breakfast was just as efficiently cooked and served as dinner, with a good selection of cooked dishes to enjoy from our table overlooking the gardens. When we left, having enjoyed a lengthy walk around the grounds in the early morning sunshine, Park House hotel was a hive of activity, from people arriving for fitness classes to meetings being held in the lounge over morning coffee. Park House might be hidden deep in the heart of the Sussex countryside but its new sense of energy and purpose is already making waves.

Park House hotel and spaBepton, Nr. MidhurstWest Sussex GU29 0JBUnited Kingdom
+44 (0)1730 819020Email: reservations@parkhousehotel.com

To book directly with the hotel, go to: Park House hotel and spa
To find and compare the latest prices for Park House hotel and spa click on: HotelsCombined – Expedia – Hotels.com
To read more reviews click here to go to Park House hotel and spa on TripAdvisor

If you like boutique country house hotels then you might also like:

Dormy House – so snug, you’ll never want to leave

Barnsley House – a wonderfully cosy Cotswolds hideaway

Danesfield House hotel and spa, relaxation on the Thames

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Sarah Bridge

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Every review is personally researched and written by leisure expert Sarah Bridge who, when she is not writing about leisure for a national newspaper, spends her time seeking out the best leisure experiences, from city centre boutique hotels to country house estates, Michelin-starred dining to the newest openings.
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