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A fine Elizabethan manor house with twenty-eight bedrooms set in eight acres of beautiful grounds

Elizabethan manor house, fine-dining restaurant, elegant drawing room, sun drenched terrace, croquet lawn, award winning spa, in-and-outdoor swimming pool, natural spring.

A brief history

The first recorded owners of Ockenden were the Michel family in the mid-1500s and John Michel lived there and survived when the house burnt down on 8 September 1608. In 1658, John Burrell who had grown rich on the Sussex iron industry, bought the manor, extending it and adding what is now the oak-panelled Burrell Room.

The property remained in the Burrell family until the early 20th century and was for a time in the 1760s owned by the fourth Duke of Marlborough, whose mother Elizabeth Burrell had married the third Duke.

In the early 1900s Ockenden was home to a Jewish Boys School and at the start of the Second World War it housed Canadian troops. After the war Mr and Mrs Eggars opened it as a restaurant and guest house, starting another chapter in the long history of what is now Ockenden Manor Hotel.

Ockenden is perfectly placed for walking the beautiful South Downs and is within easy reach of Brighton

Pontus & Miranda Carminger, Managing Directors

Pride of Britain Hotels

Ockenden Manor is proud to be a member 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.