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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.

COVID-19 Update

A message from Pontus & Miranda Carminger, our Joint Managing Directors

In light of the Prime Minister's announcement on Friday 20th March 2020 and the development of COVID-19, it is with a heavy heart that we must close our Hotels, Spas and Restaurants with immediate effect. Through this extraordinary period we and all the team have done our best to keep going.

Thank you for your kind messages of support, we have been extremely touched by the kind words and the support we have received from all our staff, team and members.

During this time we please ask for your patience and understanding - we will get back to each and every guest, question and enquiry. If you have not yet heard from us we ask that you email us in the first instance and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotels and to providing you with somewhere beautiful to escape to. We will be updating our website and social media regularly to keep you up to date.

On behalf of everyone at Historic Sussex Hotels, we are sending our warmest wishes to you and your families. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you back in our hotels, restaurants and spas soon.

Pontus & Miranda

22nd March 2020

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 nearly 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 Sandy Goodman and his daughter 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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