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Historic Sussex Hotels is a privately owned collection of three very distinctive luxury hotels: Bailiffscourt, Ockenden Manor and The Spread Eagle Hotel, set in some of the most beautiful parts of West Sussex.

From Pontus & Miranda Carminger, our Joint Managing Directors

Today marks the first day of the re-opening plan and it is with much delight that we have thrown open the doors to our Spas and started to welcome you back, we're just sorry we couldn't arrange some glorious Sussex sunshine to mark such an important day! You can now return to your gym workout, your swim and perhaps best of all you can book in for some me-time with an indulgent spa treatment or two.

We are sure you are aware, but as a gentle reminder some restrictions still apply, including that indoor leisure facilities are only for people on their own or with their household and you'll have to wait a little longer for the sauna and steam rooms until they can re-open together with the hotel on 17th May. We are not allowed to serve food or drink indoors however it is our intention (weather permitting) to serve a small selection of drinks outdoors.

As of Monday 17th May, the hotels and restaurants will re-open, again with some restrictions, including the rule of 6 or a miaximum of 2 households indoors. There will no longer be the need for guests to order a 'substantial meal' with alcohol and no curfew which is a huge relief to us all.

Thank you for your patience and we will continue to share further detail as soon as we and our team have carefully read and understood the guidance and expectations for hospitality as it is released.

For now, as obliged by law, our hotels and restaurants remain closed that little while longer.

Our aim, as always, is for our guests to feel confident and comfortable visiting our hotels, spas and restaurants. At every step, we are working hard to familiarise ourselves with these Government guidelines, and with the information, specific to our industry, from UK Hospitality. We recognise that these are ever evolving and regularly review our processes and procedures to ensure we are doing our best to keep you and our teams safe. Please keep an eye on our COVID statement and social media channels for updates.

We ask and expect our teams, guests and members to continue to comply with our efforts and measures to prevent both transmission and onward contamination of the COVID-19 virus, summed up with this simple phrase:

'Be together, safely spaced. Enjoy yourselves and respect others'

It has been heart-warming to see the support our hotels and spas received in 2020. It was an incredibly difficult year for so many of us and the continued encouragement, and enthusiasm to visit, from our guests has kept us going and will continue to keep us going through this lockdown.

We look forward to raising a glass of Sussex sparkling with you in the warmer months of 2021.

Thank you

Pontus & Miranda

Monday 12th April 2021

Our interest & passion

Our interest and passion have always been in historic and architecturally interesting buildings both from the outside and inside. Each hotel and spa is unique in style, character and history, and together they are committed to offering a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere.

As a family we are passionate about hospitality and the delivery of the highest standards of comfort, service and cuisine.

A family business

Our family business dates back over 60 years to when Hugh Taylor acquired The Spread Eagle Hotel in 1957. His daughter Anne and son-in-law Sandy Goodman subsequently took over the running of the hotel. The small exclusive group was started with the addition of Ockenden Manor in 1987 and then Bailiffscourt in 1993. Anne Goodman had a special gift for interesting buildings, interior decorations and hospitality and shaped Historic Sussex Hotels to what it is today. Over the years the hotels have evolved with the addition of luxury spas and bedrooms and today the hotels and spas are run by Miranda Carminger and her husband Pontus Carminger.

Companies to Inspire Britain

In 2016 Historic Sussex Hotels was identified in the third edition of the London Stock Exchange's 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report. The report is a celebration of the UK's fastest-growing and most dynamic small to medium sized businesses and is a wonderful recognition of a tremendous team effort and something we are enormously proud of.

Pride of Britain Hotels

Bailiffscourt and Ockenden Manor are members of Pride of Britain Hotels, a collection of privately owned, independent luxury hotels in the UK.

Great hospitality is the key to Pride of Britain's longstanding reputation for excellence in hotel-keeping. The consortium is a not for profit organisation that belongs to its member hotels, a collection of never more than 50 independent, mostly family-owned, luxury hotels in some of the most beautiful locations around the British Isles.

Each hotel has its own distinctive style and character but all of them are run by people with a passion for great hospitality

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