In the heart of the South Downs National Park, Park House Hotel is a fabulous family-run Edwardian country house hotel from the Best Loved Hotels collection. I enjoyed an overnight stay here with my sister last year. Living relatively nearby, we were both surprised not to have heard of this utterly charming hotel before.
Park House Hotel & Spa, Bepton, West Sussex
First impressions were good. The interior of Park House Hotel is elegant and luxurious, with beautiful artwork throughout. The walls of the bar are decorated with a fascinating collection of signed portraits of the many celebrities and polo players that have stayed here.
The bedrooms are spacious and attractive – ours had a view over the garden. The ensuite facilities included a bath and separate walk-in shower and I loved the complimentary VOYA bathroom products. The tea and coffee making facilities offered plenty of choices and, as I would expect, an iron and ironing board were provided.
A 6-hole par 3 golf course, putting green, traditional grass tennis courts, bowls lawn and croquet lawn in the 10 acres of grounds means there’s plenty to do here. Hotel guests, and non-residents alike, are able to use these facilities between May and September, but I was particularly looking forward to spending a morning in the spa with its spacious indoor pool. It was still a little chilly for the outdoor pool when I visited although I did see someone using it during our stay. The hotel also boasts state of the art conference facilities.
Dining at Park House Hotel
Executive Chef Callum Keir and his team only work with locally-based producers, providing tasty seasonal fare of a very high-quality. We were seated in the conservatory with a pretty view of the garden as the light began to fade. It was tough deciding what to have for each course as it all sounded so good and a little different from the usual fare I come across, without being too experimental. This year’s spring menu includes tasty treats such as roasted lamb with fennel, white turnip and roasted garlic. For non meat-eaters the lemon sole with saffron tagliatelle, brown shrimp and tenderstem broccoli or twice baked cheddar soufflé with purple sprouting broccoli and nutmeg cream sound tempting. Desserts include rhubarb and custard soufflé with stem ginger ice cream or perhaps you’d prefer Bailey’s cheesecake with confit orange and coffee ice cream – a tough decision!
Everything was exceptionally good. I couldn’t fault anything throughout the meal and the service was equally good if a little leisurely at times.
After a great night’s sleep, breakfast in the morning, again in the conservatory overlooking the gardens, was just as good as dinner the night before. We didn’t need to check-out until 11 am so were able to take our time.
Once we had checked out, our Park House Hotel escape still wasn’t over, as we headed next door to the spa. After a leisurely swim, I enjoyed a heavenly 90-minute treatment, the VOYA Deluxe Facial Experience costing £95. It started with a relaxing back massage, followed by a face massage before the facial itself and a hand and arm massage finished off with an Indian-style head massage. I loved how the massage table could be moved into a very comfortable position while having the facial, avoiding the backache I usually get if I lie flat on my back. My therapist cleverly spotted that my arched back would need this while she was massaging my lower back at the start of the treatment.
All treatments in the spa use VOYA products which harness the many beneficial properties of seaweed gathered by hand from the Atlantic coast of Ireland. Combine this with the skill of my therapist and this has to be my favourite facial to date.
Non-residents are welcome to pop by to Park House Hotel for a spot of golf, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner or to use the spa, but I would recommend booking ahead.
Things to do near Park House Hotel
Park House Hotel is just a few miles from the historic market town of Midhurst. It’s a fabulous town to explore on foot with many fine examples of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Chichester and Petworth, not to mention the Goodwood Estate and many other lovely towns and villages are all within easy reach, as is the South Downs Way and a network of lovely walking trails. One of the best pubs in Sussex for both food and ale, The Fox Goes Free, is just 5 miles away. If you enjoy craft beer, nearby Langham Brewery is also a must.
above: National Trust property, Petworth House and Park
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Disclaimer: Thanks to Park House Hotel & Spa and all their staff for this wonderful complimentary stay for review purposes. As always, I will only share with you my honest opinions. The post is adapted from an article originally published on TravelWithKat.com.
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