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Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield, West Sussex
Ockenden Manor is a game of two halves. The original building is a grand ivy-clad Elizabethan house with formal dining and traditional bedrooms. Across the car park, hidden behind an old wall, is the modern spa block. Here you can swim or lounge, with soothing views of Cuckfield Park through an enormous glass wall, then relax in one of the stylish spa rooms or suites. Ockenden is a place for treating yourself or others, combining professional pampering with afternoon tea or a multi-course tasting menu.
Try out the annual sculpture trail at Borde Hill Gardens, a 10-minute drive away.
Brighton is in easy reach for a day trip, as are several National Trust properties and the Bluebell steam railway.
By car: The hotel is 1 hour 45 minutes' drive from London and 40 minutes from Brighton. There is free parking for guests.
By train: London Victoria to Haywards Heath takes around 45 minutes. A taxi to the hotel takes around 10 minutes. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits Londoners winding down for the weekend or anyone celebrating a special occasion. A stay here is also a great gift for a loved-one. We love the tiny characterful bar where drinks are served from what looks like a former closet.
Service & Facilities
Having local chocolates and wine in the spa lounge after a massage is a nice touch.
- Spa and wellness centre
- Indoor pool
- Outdoor pool
- Room service
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
Our modern Junior Spa Suite had plenty of space and cheerful décor in strong colours. Shutters above the bath meant the ensuite could be left open plan or closed off. We loved being able to step straight from the room onto the sun terrace and spot pheasants in the grounds.
Cosy, Cuckfield, Sussex, Junior Spa Suite, Master Suite, Feature Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Temple Spa toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi, phone, dressing gowns, free tea and coffee tray with homemade biscuits, hairdryer
Food & Drink
The view through the restaurant French windows across the grounds to the Downs is sublime. A generous plum tart dessert is our favourite dish.
The restaurant: elegant, European cuisine made with local produce. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. 7am-11pm (8am at weekends). Three courses £65.