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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

As we enter 2021, the landscape has changed once again as we move to a full national lockdown. This means that we are obliged, by law, to close our hotels, spas, and restaurants.

Our aim is for our guests to feel confident and comfortable visiting our hotels, spas and restaurants and while we cannot yet confirm how our re-opening will look, as soon as the Government publishes guidelines for the re-opening of hospitality businesses, we will share this information with you.

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 has been 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 very much hope you found some festive cheer over Christmas and look forward to seeing you back enjoying our hotels, restaurants and spas as soon as it is safe for us all to do so.

We look forward to raising a glass of Sussex sparkling with you in 2021 and hope it will be before too long.

Thank you

Pontus & Miranda

Tuesday 5th January 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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