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Family run for three generations

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

We are delighted to welcome you, our guests, staff, members and friends to our hotels, spas and restaurants in a safe, sociable way. We ask that you keep this simple phrase in mind at all times:

Be together, safely spaced. Enjoy yourselves & respect others.

Our aim, as always, is for our guests to feel confident and comfortable visiting our hotels, spas and restaurants and we thank you for your continued support and for embracing the measures we have implemented. At every step, we have worked hard to familiarise ourselves with these Government guidelines, and with the information, specific to our industry, from UK Hospitality and will continue to do so. Please note, in accordance with Government guidance, as of 30th November 2021, it is mandatory that all guests wear appropriate face coverings during close contact services i.e. during spa treatments.

Please keep an eye on our COVID statement for updates.

It has been heart-warming to see our hotels, restaurants and spas full of people and laughter once more and we hope you have enjoyed returning to us. We look forward to raising a glass of Sussex sparkling with you.

Thank you

Pontus & Miranda

December 2021

Our interest & passion

We have always been interested in historic and architecturally curious buildings both from the outside and inside. Each of our hotels and spas are unique in style, character and history, and together with our team, we strive to create a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere.

As a family we are passionate about delighting our guests when they visit us with fabulous four-posters, dreamy spas and pools, delicious food, amazing treatments, space to explore and time to relax.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

A family business

Historic Sussex Hotels is a business firmly rooted in family starting in 1957 when Hugh Taylor, the grandfather of Miranda, one of our current Joint Managing Directors acquired The Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst, and continuing right up to today with members of the family actively involved with the day to day running of the business.

Our current Joint Managing Directors, Pontus & Miranda Carminger, are supported by both their family and a close management team providing a winning combination of skills, experience, diversity and enthusiasm for hospitality.

When Miranda's father Sandy Goodman, married Anne Taylor and subsequently took over the running of the business, they sought interesting buildings to acquire: Ockenden Manor in 1987 and Bailiffscourt in 1993. And now the third and fourth generations of family, together with the teams, strive to ensure the hotels are constantly evolving with carefully considered additions and renovations, designed to meet the needs of today's luxury and considered traveller.

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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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.