You get the best of both worlds at Ockenden. If you prefer reassuring, traditional comfort, look no further than this charming Elizabethan manor. If you want slick, sophisticated modernity, that’s yours too. As well as the elegant drawing room, there’s an oak-panelled bar, the Burrell Room for private dining with its original Tudor ceiling, and an airy restaurant where Stephen Crane serves some of the finest food in Sussex. There are 28 bedrooms, some full of character with original panelling and four posters, others fresh and pretty. And then there’s the spa, utterly modern on the outside, airy and natural inside, with indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub and Jacuzzi, walk-through rain shower, steam room, sauna, gym, sundeck, guest lounge and café. As for the six knockout, first-floor bedrooms, they pack a thoroughly modern punch, with shutters in the bathrooms that open on to the bedrooms that in turn open on to a roof garden with marvellous views across West Sussex.
Doubles from £199
+44 (0)1444 416111; hshotels.co.uk
Visit Borde Hill Gardens, beautiful Sussex botanic gardens.
The hotel’s signature lemon tart pudding by the award-winning chef Steve Crane is an absolute must.
For a designer bargain, Edit in Cuckfield has a collection of second-hand designer clothes.
CLAIM TO FAME
They boast over 25 English wines on their wine list, many of them from vineyards right on the doorstep in Sussex.
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