A hotel for today that was created yesterday and has been considerably enhanced in recent years. In the same family for well over 60 years, it has all the graciousness, tranquillity and atmosphere of a privileged family home, where children and dogs are welcome. There’s a wall plastered with family photos and celebrated past guests, and the clink of china teacups in the garden outside. There are 12 bedrooms in the main house (plus a further nine in three adjacent cottages), which look down onto a leisurely, almost Edwardian scene: flower-covered pergola, two lawn tennis courts, croquet lawn, a testing six-hole golf course and emerald putting green, all perfectly maintained. Beyond the lawns are long views onto a lovely wooded section of the South Downs, with not another house in sight. Add a sleek spa with indoor and outdoor pools and fine food in the elegant dining room, and Park House, perfectly placed for Chichester and the Sussex Downs, is hard to beat.
Doubles from £135
+44 (0)1730 819000; parkhousehotel.com
The stunning panoramic views of the hotel and surrounding countryside from the top of the nearby South Downs
The fabulous full English Park House breakfast served in the dining room and conservatory each morning
Some superb quality English sparkling wine from one of the nearby vineyards
CLAIM TO FAME
The family first decided to convert their home into a hotel in the late 1940s in order to host the international polo players playing at nearby Cowdray Park Polo Club.
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