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Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, Arundel, West Sussex
There's more than meets the eye to this collection of 'medieval' mansions near Littlehampton. Bailiffscourt was once home to a lord. Now, you can check in and half imagine you're in a castle. Then escape to the purpose-built spa on the same site - a stand out modern haven. Or head into the grounds to play croquet, and keep an eye out for the resident peacocks!
The sweet West Beach Café, and its big sister East Beach Café, both nearby at Littlehampton, were designed by famous architect Thomas Heatherwick and serve good seafood.
The hotel has 30 acres of private parkland, near the popular market town of Arundel and 10 minutes' walk from Climping Beach.
By car: Bailiffscourt is 2 hours from London, 1 hour from Brighton and 2 hours 40 minutes from Bristol. There is free parking for guests.
By train: London Victoria to Littlehampton takes around 2 hours. From there, the hotel is a five-minute taxi ride. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
It's hard to believe, but Bailiffscourt was built just a century ago. The architect salvaged windows and doors, even stone and bricks from ancient buildings headed for destruction. It suits spa seekers, history lovers and those after somewhere grand for a special occasion. The grounds are a highlight, where you can walk among roses, play games or swing under a tree and maybe catch a helicopter arrival.
Service & Facilities
We love the water filled tops to the spa massage tables.
- Two swimming pools
- Tennis courts
- Beach access
- Free parking
- Breakfast included
- Room service
Baylies looks fit for royalty - although the gold walls are a little theatrical! It includes a sitting area with woodburning stove and a hidden TV. We also love the twin baths side-by-side in the bathroom.
Classic & Cosy, Climping, Climping Original, Sussex, Feature Four Poster, Baylies
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with tub, Temple Spa products, bathrobes, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, phone, tea and coffee tray with homemade biscuits, hairdryer
Food & Drink
The breakfast is excellent - the eggs are spot on.
The restaurant: light bites, fresh pasta, cream teas and a classy European dinner menu. Open daily for dinner, 6.30-9pm. Three courses £54.50. Lunch 12-3pm, afternoon tea 12-6pm.