It’s cold, it’s dark, there’s an empty space where your Christmas tree once stood and an even emptier space in your purse. January sure is a long month. With Blue Monday on the horizon we could all do with something to cheer us up, but with pay day still years away (OK, a week or two) that luxury holiday or ‘I’d feel so much better if I was wearing that’ shopping spree isn’t a sensible (or affordable) solution for most of us. Well what about a rural retreat that promises to calm the mind, lift the spirit and rejuvenate the body without breaking the bank? Better still, what about three?
Historic Sussex Hotels is a privately owned collection of three very distinctive, quintessentially British hotels in West Sussex. Located in Arundel, Cuckfield and Midhurst, each hotel is unique in style, character and history, although they share the same commitment to high standards of hospitality, comfort, cuisine and antique furniture. A family business (the spa suites at Ockenden Manor are named after the owners’ children) the luxury hotel franchise has been around since 1957, adding in more recent years state of the art spa facilities and offering a range of treatments, spa days and breaks for men, women and couples to aid the relaxation process.
Ockenden Manor Spa Located in the gorgeously green Cuckfield, West Sussex, Ockenden Manor Spa was designed as a haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Built within a 19th century walled garden, the spa seeks to bring nature and modern luxury together by providing facilities like a walk-through rain shower, ice fountain, fitness studio and floatation tank in a contemporary airy structure that is surrounded by nine acres of parklands and gardens.
Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa Built to resemble a typical Sussex barn (complete with an exposed timber frame), Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa has received awards for its architecture. But, while first impressions count, appearance isn’t everything. Fortunately the services (and standard of service) at this spa live up to expectations with facilities including a state-of-the-art gym, outdoor pool and tennis courts, not to mention a full treatment menu using acclaimed Temple Spa products.
The Spread Eagle Spa The Scandinavian-style Spread Eagle Spa brings a contemporary touch to this otherwise historic hotel. Beneath its vaulted wooden ceiling guests can relax in facilitates that include an indoor heated Pool, Jacuzzi Spa Pool, Scandinavian Sauna and Steam Room and three temperature-controlled treatment rooms. No wonder it was awarded a prestigious 5 bubbles by the good spa guide, it gets a thumbs up from us too.
Ever wish you could step back to a simpler time and forgot all about your overflowing inbox and nightmare commute? Well we can’t promise they won’t be there when you get back, but for a few hours, a day or even a whole night, these luxury, historic spas, their facilities and (above all) their views really can convince you that life’s not so bad. Take a look at the Historic Sussex Hotels page where you can browse the spas and book treatments and escapes now. We feel better already.
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