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Bailiffscourt – Climping, West Sussex
Hampshire & The Isle of Wight

A stroll across parkland from the secluded Climping beach, Bailiffscourt is an engaging, medieval-style house created by Walter Guinness, later Lord Moyne, and his wife Evelyn. Both the traditional bedrooms in the house – some with four posters – and the series of interconnecting sitting rooms, stuffed with tapestries, oak chests and Knole sofas, feel charmingly authentic. Others among the 39 bedrooms, ranging from medieval to contemporary in style, are spread throughout a series of charming houses and cottages in the parkland; the newest, in the Moat House and The Oaks, stand beside the old moat, overlooking the fields beyond. Lawns are dotted with toy-town medieval outbuildings, flowers, shrubs and peacocks, and there’s an airy spa, with indoor and outdoor pools. The name, Bailiffscourt, recalls the monk who was sent over by the Abbess of Séez in Normandy to act as bailiff and watch over the 13th-century chapel, which still stands in the grounds today.

Nota Bene

The hotel is actually less than 100 years old, although it has been carefully built using salvaged original medieval materials from all over the country.


Visit the Goodwood Estate for their Festival of Speed, Revival and Glorious, all are fabulous.


The hotel’s signature dish, the eponymous: ‘Climping Beach’ is a seafood delight, packed with Selsey lobster and crab, oysters, shrimps and seaweed.


Pallant of Arundel; filled with delicious, local produce including a fabulous selection of Sussex sparkling wine.

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