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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

All three of our hotels, restaurants and spas are now open and we are delighted to see so many familiar faces and lots of new ones too.

Thank you for returning to our hotels, restaurants and spas, it is greatly appreciated. A very small team have been carefully watching over the hotels, keeping them safe for your return and its lovely to see them buzzing with staff and guests once more.

Our aim is for you to feel confident and comfortable returning to our hotels and we expect our guests to comply with our efforts and measures to prevent both transmission and onward contamination of the COVID-19 virus and ask that you consider the below at all times:

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

Never before have we had to experience an enforced closure of our hotels and spas, and this has been the most challenging and uncertain situation to deal with. Please bear with us as we carefully read and implement the guidance from the Government and we will keep you posted every step of the way.

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 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, restaurants and spas soon and very much hope it will be this summer, as the Sussex sun continues to shine, the sea sparkles and the gardens flourish.

Pontus & Miranda

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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