Within 25 mins it is possible to walk from the hotel to the train station and catch the train into Brighton without having to worry about parking. The hotel rooms were clean and quiet (apart from a little road noise). The pub attached served excellent food and had a nice atmosphere. Breakfast was cooked to order and was very tasty.
The receptionist was very kind and accommodating, allowing us to check in early to change for a wedding. Breakfast was enormous and sustained us for a 7 mile walk on the Downs! The bed was showing its age but was fine for a one night stop.
One-night stay with my husband celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Great walking in the area when we arrived and pub lunch locally which didn't disappoint.
Warm welcome at Ockenden Manor from the manager and an unexpected room upgrade - we stayed in the 'David' room up in the attic (categorised 'Deluxe') which was spacious and beautifully furnished with an enormous bed and an excellent bathroom (bath and shower with great Temple Spa toiletries). The room had gorgeous views over the gardens and despite it being a bizarrely warm day for September, was cool enough to be comfortable.
We spent a few hours in the spa on arrival and the following morning and absolutely loved it. I could have spent all day in the outdoor pool. The setting and facilities are excellent. No treatments this time, but I would have been loathe to leave the water and the sun loungers.
We ate dinner in Cuckfield but had drinks in the garden and again found the staff warm and thoroughly pleasant. I don't like stuffy or overly formal hotels and think Ockenden has it just right - great service with personality on all counts. Breakfast was really tasty and again the staff were great - quality food and a lovely setting.
It's probably the nicest hotel stay we've ever had. Far more enjoyable and memorable than various 5 star hotels I've visited before - we'll be back as soon as we can, without a doubt.
Paula from East Preston, W Sx
Ockenden Manor is a peaceful haven set in 9 acresof grounds with fine views over the Sussex Downsjust a hour from London and …More
Stayed for 4 days. Didnt see a single person. Room was warm, homley and comfortable. Waking up to see the great views of woods and the estate. Lovely lounge to enjoy the view from. Great pub in the village of Handcross called Red Lion, excellent food and atmosphere. Defo Recommended.
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