Because it was built by the noted Victorian explorer and botanist, Frederick Godman, it's no surprise that the 93 acres of grounds that surround the house should be full of rare trees and shrubs including the largest rhododendron in England. A fine terrace to the rear of the hotel boasts a splendid wisteria and a 300-year-old camellia. There are excellent views of the distant South Downs.
Day rooms still have a strong Victorian feel with lots of carved oak panelling and a nice ribbed ceiling in the lounge, and the library is almost unchanged, apart from the addition of a bar counter, since the days when this was a private residence.
Bedrooms, each named after one of the rhododendrons or azaleas in the gardens. Some, in a converted stable wing set around an indoor garden, with huge doors, on a split level or with exposed timbers, others with old brass bedsteads or steps down to the bathroom. Furniture is largely antique, polished wood in the original house and stripped pine in the others. All come with modern TV's with extra satellite channels, good desks and proper easy chairs plus bathrooms that range from good to excellent, the best with separate showers boasting huge 'deluge' showerheads and 'rain' bars. Bathrobes are standard and most bathrooms are provided with televisions. There are 4 larger rooms particularly suitable for families.
Rooms are properly serviced in the evening and room service operates 24 hours a day.
There's a golf course on site, plus a putting green to keep your hand in; and excellent business facilities.
- Pleasantly Situated
- Free Parking
- Ideal for Businesses
- Ideal for Families
- Number of rooms: 45
- Rooms, ensuite: 45
- Price (single room): from £125
- Price (double room): from £125-£320
- Room Service: 24 Hours
- Parking: Yes, 100 spaces
- Passenger Lift
- Rooms for Disabled Guests
- Banqueting, sit down, max: 60
- Conference, Theatre-style, max: 160
- Licensed for Civil Weddings
- Directions: See the map on this page