Guest reviews

We're always delighted to hear such lovely comments from our guests....

Emma2709: “Heavenly in a traditional English way”

This is our second visit to this family run hotel and I am longing for our third (lovely mother in law takes us!) It is like staying in your parents house - Colefax and Fowler, chintz and old school. And we love it! Rooms are quintessentially English and so comfortable and fab power shower bathrooms. Food is good but service is slow, but we don’t really mind as it is all so relaxed that you just want to drink more and enjoy the moment. Spa is beautiful- lovely pool and treatment rooms and great staff. Grounds are superb. Grass tennis courts, fabulous views and quite frankly, I want my mother in law to take us back pronto! The Park House is heaven.
Trip Advisor | June 2018

Balhamfamily2018: “Fabulous place”

We were looking for a quiet place to stay for a night midweek, this was absolutely perfect, we had extremely hot weather so spent most of the time by the pool, the staff were very friendly but not intrusive, the breakfast delicious and there were lots of great National Trust places, pubs and tea rooms nearby, a great find, we will return!
Trip Advisor | June 2018

Julietdobson: “Summer Afternoon Party”

Park House is a gorgeous hotel, with a beautiful backdrop of the South Downs. It is set in lovely gardens and is altogether a perfect venue. We were attending a friend's party - and what a perfect place to spend a few hours. The staff were charming and attentive and the selection of summer canapes, absolutely delicious and very moreish! Although it was lightly raining, this in no way spoiled the occasion, as we were inside the 'barn', with the french windows open to the gardens and views. We hope to return soon - for a meal and to view the spa, which is well worth joining.
Trip Advisor | June 2018

Rodkoi: “Birthday Celebrations”

Booked 8 rooms dinner, bed and breakfast for 15 family and friends for a special birthday get together and evening meal. Everything went very well and the hotel is well recommended for such an event. Food is excellent and menu has a a good choice of dishes. Rooms are spacious, well appointed and comfortable. Free Wi-fi available. The spa is excellent with heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzi and treatments. Grounds have tennis, croquet, putting and golf and all the equipment needed.
Trip Advisor | June 2018

DrMarcFarah: “Love this Place!”

Our second visit to the hotel. Friendly staff. Lovely big room (deluxe). Not far from Chichester. Dinner in restaurant very good as is breakfast. Have use of the spa and as only over night may not have time. Shame. Highly recommend.

Elaine S: “A Little Gem in the Sussex Countryside”

Celebrating a wedding anniversary we decided to avoid long journeys and find a nice place close to home. Our choice could not have been better in all aspects. Comfortable, immaculately presented room, excellent dining and very friendly and co-operative staff. Our initial phone call which finalised our decision was a chat with the delightful Rebecca who made us feel that we definitely should visit and we were not disappointed. We hope to return later in the year.

Maxreviews: “Excellent facilities and service”

We stayed here as a family for 2 nights and had a lovely relaxing time. The hotel, spa, and its grounds are beautiful and impeccably maintained - we enjoyed croquet, golf and both the indoor and outdoor pool during our stay. Service was friendly and personal without being intrusive, and all of the staff were very accommodating of our baby daughter. We had a nice large bedroom which easily fitted a travel cot and was spotlessly clean with a very powerful shower. We will be back!



Our Press Reviews

Sussex Bloggers, UK, April 2018:
by Kathryn Burrington

In the heart of the South Downs National Park, Park House Hotel is a fabulous family-run Edwardian country house hotel from the Best Loved Hotels collection. I enjoyed an overnight stay here with my sister last year. Living relatively nearby, we were both surprised not to have heard of this utterly charming hotel before.... Executive Chef Callum Keir and his team only work with locally-based producers, providing tasty seasonal fare of a very high-quality. We were seated in the conservatory with a pretty view of the garden as the light began to fade. It was tough deciding what to have for each course as it all sounded so good and a little different from the usual fare I come across, without being too experimental. This year’s spring menu includes tasty treats such as roasted lamb with fennel, white turnip and roasted garlic. For non meat-eaters the lemon sole with saffron tagliatelle, brown shrimp and tenderstem broccoli or twice baked cheddar soufflé with purple sprouting broccoli and nutmeg cream sound tempting. Desserts include rhubarb and custard soufflé with stem ginger ice cream or perhaps you’d prefer Bailey’s cheesecake with confit orange and coffee ice cream – a tough decision! Everything was exceptionally good. See the full story here.

The Jackal Magazine, UK, April 2018:
by Amy Wakeham

Nestled in the heart of the South Downs, the Park House Hotel is as quintessentially British as it gets. Set in 10 acres of glorious countryside, the hotel comprises 21 luxury rooms and three adjacent cottages, all decorated in the style of a classic English country house. If you’re feeling energetic, there are two lawn tennis courts, a six hole golf course and a putting green, as well as the whole of the South Downs National Park at your fingertips. Afterwards, you can reward yourself with a few hours in the luxurious on-site spa, complete with a 15-metre pool, sauna, jacuzzi and four treatment rooms stocked with organic VOYA products. The restaurant is run by head chef Callum Keir, who oversees a kitchen dedicated to producing fresh, local and seasonal British dishes: look out for roast lamb, lemon sole and cheddar souffles on the new spring menu. Escape here for tranquil relaxation in picture-perfect English countryside – or a round of golf or two. See the full story here.

Grazia, UK, April 2018:

A family-run business, this homely country hotel is situated next to the glorious South Downs in West Sussex, just seven miles away from Goodwood. The Spa at Park House features a beautiful mother of pearl indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam rooms and a relaxation room. In the summer you can take advantage of the heated outdoor swimming pool. Spa guests can also use the golf course, tennis courts, bowls and croquet lawn - creating a quintessentially English experience. Treatments are by organic luxury brand VOYA and range from body treatments and massages to facials and beauty essentials. The Tranquillity Spa Experience includes use of the spa facilities from 12-5pm and either two x 45 minute treatments or one x 90 minute treatment from the treatment menu, as well as an afternoon tea with a glass of champagne. From £145. See the full story here.

The Spa Man, UK, February 2018:

In the heart of rural West Sussex, the Park House Hotel & Spa is a bit of an unsung hero. The family owned property is a small country house hotel with a warm heart. Just a stones' throw from the South Downs, it's an idyllic setting for a weekend spa escape. Great spa, decent sized indoor pool and fabulous food. Cosy up in one of the well appointed rooms looking across the countryside. Heaven. See the full story here.

London Style Girl, UK, January 2018:

For me, the best thing about my stay was the wonderful spa....On my second day here I booked an hour long hot stone massage which is something I have never tried before but was absolute bliss! The food at the hotel was another highlight and was delicious. Breakfast is my favourite meal to eat out and the hotel's full English breakfast scored very highly in my books, eaten in a dining room looking out over the frosty morning countryside....I couldn't recommend the Park House Hotel more for when you just know you need that break from urban life. See the full story here.

The Lady, UK, January 2018: Top 10 spa hotels for 2018

The day is one long round of pleasure at this luxurious but unstuffy Edwardian country house beneath the South Downs, where classic lawn sports and garden games make jolly the gorgeous, well-maintained grounds. Read the full story here.

Sussex Life, UK, January 2018: 10 winter spa breaks

What's hot? The Self-Discovery Radiance Facial (£65) is an hour-long organic indulgence made bespoke after discussions about skin type. Sussex Life's tester said it was the best facial she'd ever had. Read the full story here.

A Lady of Leisure, UK, October 2017: A West Sussex Secret (but not for much longer)

It’s been receiving guests for more than 60 years but Park House hotel and spa is only now making the transition from well-kept local secret to firm fixture on the British country house hotel scene. With a new general manager – Mark Yates, formerly of Harbour Hotels and Careys Manor – and its spa PH2O being shortlisted for the ‘Best Boutique Spa’ category in this year’s prestigious Good Spa Guide awards, Park House hotel is making a name for itself and, judging by my recent stay there, seems more than up to the task. Read the full story here.

Sunday Telegraph, STELLA magazine, UK, August 2017

Best for ... outdoor activities. This 17th century country hotel in the South Downs is classically English.... But it's the outdoor facilities that set this hotel apart. The pool, sun terrace and bar are a treat on a sunny day, as are the croquet lawn and bowling greens.

City Jet Velocity, UK, Summer 2017: Escape to the country

Described as the perfect country retreat, Park House Hotel and Spa is just that. ... I've had the pleasure of staying at a number of spa hotels over the years and this one is the most intimate and relaxed, with a wonderfully personal touch. The staff are a credit to the hotel; they were all absolutely lovely, incredibly attentive and friendly, making us feel like members of an extended family. Read the full story here.

HuffPost UK, July 2017: In short, if you are in or around London... head here as it really does have it all.
by Gina Lyons, HuffPost blogger and TV / Film Producer

If planning a wedding or any other huge life event, I implore you take some time off... and head to somewhere relaxing to re-connect. Park House hotel and spa could not have been a more perfect place to rest up.
The food was immense (Callum Kier, exec Chef is classically trained and has worked in Paris and with the British Michelin-starred chef Martin Blunos, so you are getting the good stuff.) They have great wines too, which calmly got us back onto the wedding planning chat as we took a bottle back to the room. .... In short, if you are in or around London and want a home from home stay at a gorgeous, relaxed, country like spa for the night, head here as it really does have it all. Read Gina's full review here.

The Telegraph, UK, July 2017: The Telegraph's expert, Tracey Davies, rates Park House 8/10

This intimate country house hotel, tucked in the bucolic folds of the South Downs, has been in the O'Brien family for more than sixty years. A swish spa, fine dining restaurant and an six-hole golf course brings it bang up to date and proves that great things are often found in small packages. ... Staff are personable and seamlessly attentive. For a small hotel, its facilities certainly pack a punch. Read all about it here.

Flybe, UK, June 2017: Escape to the country
by Hannah Constant

My recent stay at Park House was the best for many reasons, not least the best chicken and duck liver parfait for me and the best massage for my husband....he enjoyed a 45-minute head, neck and shoulder massage. This is his go-to massage and he said that this was by far the best one he had ever had. ... We will definitely be returning - I've already suggested it for our wedding anniversary! And something tells me that we will be remembered by the staff and welcomed as if we go there every weekend. If only we did! ... Read the full article here.

Condé Nast Johansens, UK, June 2017: A Family Welcome on the Sussex South Downs

A property kept in the same family for over 60 years is a rarity. Rarer still is one which provides a seamless combination of traditional Edwardian elegance with touches of modern luxury. This is the experience that Park House Hotel & Spa effortlessly provides. While the ethos of excellent service and attention to detail has remained standard since Park House was opened by its original proprietor, Ioné O’Brien, the interiors and facilities have seen a contemporary update assuring guests a relaxing, comfortable and opulent experience. We spoke with Michael O’Brien about memories of Ioné, the history of Park House and what it is that keeps guest coming back year after year. Read all about it here.

Sunday Express, UK, June 2017: History buffs feel right at home in Bepton
by Dominique Hines

STAY: Ask any Beptonite where to lay your head as a visitor and they’ll point you in the direction of the idyllic Park House, Hotel & Spa. ... DO: Try the spa’s signature VOYAVoyager Total Massage Journey (£95, 85mins). This full-body experience incorporates body brushing, massage and a scalp massage that replicate the movements of the sea using the world’s first organic seaweed oil.

Travel with Kat, UK, June 2017: Park House Hotel and Spa, a well kept Sussex secret
by Kathryn Burrington

It was tough deciding what to have for each course as it all sounded so good and a little different from the usual fare I come across, without being too experimental. For the starter I opted for the special of wood pigeon, while my sister opted for the lobster ravioli. ... Throughout the meal we were amused to hear soft squeals of delight and other noises of appreciation from the table next to us as they tucked into each dish. They were clearly enjoying the meal as much as we were. Everything was exceptionally good. ... With so much to offer and such excellent service, it’s no wonder that the Park House Hotel are finalists in the Condé Nast Johansens Awards 2017 for the ‘Best Countryside Hotel’ ... Read the full review here.

Chichester Post, UK, March 2017: 
This delightful hotel is a hidden treasure, which everyone should know about. The staff are friendly, attentive and efficient and the fine dining and afternoon teas are exquisite...Just a few miles down the road and you feel like you have been transported to another world for a few hours. I would highly recommend a visit!

Sussex Style, UK, July 2016: Life As It Should Be
This month Jasper Gerard finds the perfect country house hotel in Park House and awards it a 5* rating and 5* for value. "My starter is more contemporary: smoked eel tortellini, horseradish and bacon with garden peas. It melts in the mouth more quickly that money evaporates in the pocket of a young blade out on a first date. Tortellini can be stodgier than granny's slippers, but this is supermodel thin, strutting on a catwalk of pea puree. Again, crispy bacon is added for texture and taste to this otherwse smooth dish."

The Kit and Kaboodle, UK, June 2016: Melt Your Troubles Away

A luxury retreat where you leave your troubles behind and melt into a haze of relaxation the moment you step through the door....For true relaxation the spa is a must...At the end of your stay you will feel ready to face the world again, with guaranteed memories of this beautiful hidden treasure that's almost too good to share!"

hotelguru, UK, March 2016: Best Hotels in Midhurst
Best hotels in Midhurst for country house escapes....Park House is a traditional 21 room hotel in the heart of the South Downs with tennis courts, a spa and indoor and outdoor pools. The bar is decorated with photographs of previous celebrity guests and great polo players as well as the former matriarch of the hotel who liked to keep such a close eye on things that she slept next to the kitchen!

Independent, UK, March 2016: Good Hotel Guide's Top 10 UK Spa Hotels

The Good Hotel Guide's Editor's Choice lists the Top 10 UK Spa Hotels for relaxing stays and pampering days...."A marble shower is the entry to the spa at this country-house hotel with views of the South Downs. Inside you'll find a mother-of-pearl pool, saunas, steam room, gym and fitness studio."

About Time, UK, March 2016:

Park House in Sussex is the kind of gem you need to visit if you've always lusted after the English countryside idyll...The hotel's restaurant is one of the best I've tried of its kind - not only for the food, but also the service....Although not unusually one to harp on about 'impeccable service rah rah,' the staff at Park House are exceptional and deserve a shout-out. They ooze charm and warmth and each course is served with a genuine, lovely smile.

Shooting Gazette, UK, February 2016:
Guns dined at Park House hotel, an establishment Shooting Gazette visited a few years ago and it's clearly lost none of its know-how when catering for shooting parties. An overnight stay is a must.

The Sun, UK, December 2015:
Nestled in the village of Bepton amid the glorious countryside, this beautiful hotel is quaint and typically English - it even has its own croquet lawn. The relaxed atmosphere and welcoming staff create a lovely home from home'.

The Gentlemans JournalUK, November 2015:

Park House Hotel is a home from home. Once here you never want to leave, and despite being just 50 miles from central London it is truly a world apart. Relaxation is intrinsic to the fabric of Park House, and warm hospitality exudes from every member of staff......This agrestic ambiance spills into the kitchen too, and head chef Callum Keir is nothing short of a culinary wizard. A friend who previously stayed at the hotel had spoken in golden tones about the cuisine passing under Keir’s supervision, so we arrived with high expectations. These expectations were blown out of the water.

Exclusively British magazine, UK, September/October 2015:

Turning on to the gravelled drive is akin to stepping into a bygone era of elegance and calm and is such a refreshing contrast to today's frantic activity.

BA High Life online, UK, September 2015:

This small family-run hotel in deepest West Sussex makes for an ideal country retreat. If you are looking to be pampered, eat well and exercise in beautiful surroundings that are quintessentially British....then this is the place.

Economia, UK, September 2015:

Best for: the city-weary. "If your office overlooks a car park or you're sick of the city, then this retreat in Midhurst is what you need."

Inside Sussex, UK, September 2015:

Whether it is an occasion, a business meeting, wedding celebration, or a simple weekend escape, at Park House hotel & spa, the customer most definitely comes first. This wonderful hidden gem is one we will no doubt be adding to our 'favourite places' list and already can't wait to return., June 2015:
by Mark Smith

The award-winning spa wasn't on my radar prior to visiting, but now I highly recommend it to friends looking for a weekend escape from London. It has to be one of the best spas in Sussex.

Daily Express, S Magazine, UK, May 2015:

Spending the weekend at Park House feels like you've been invited to stay at a lottery winner's country retreat....The food in the Dining Room is British, seasonal, locally sourced and truly delicious...You can't miss the Voyager Total Massage Journey....It's safe to say that it feels as relaxing as lying by the sea listening to waves lapping against the shore. Read the full article here.

Spirit & Destiny magazine, UK, May 2015:

... I began to relax as soon as I arrived at Park House hotel & spa. It felt like a proper retreat, with panoramic views of the Sussex countryside and friendly staff, and the spa is spacious, modern and chic.....I've had lots of different massages, but this was one of the best I've had as the extra heat created by the shells really seemed to unknot my back and ease the aches (re Hot Lava Shell Massage).

Daily Mail, UK, February 2015:

Sitting just outside Midhurst in West Sussex, this is not so much a class act as a lesson in top-notch hospitality without a whiff of pretension. ... A spa has been added, with a terrific indoor pool and treatments galore, set discreetly away from the house. There's nothing old-fashioned about the food. The Scottish chef works his magic with fresh ingredients sourced locally....

Daily Mail online, UK, December 2014:

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UK, December 2014 / January 2015:

... A swift nose around the opulent interior ratifies that Park House is a topflight home-from-home that offers everything a team of Guns could need, and then so much more that they may have thought they didn't...The food was as expected - epic. I take my hat off to you Callum Keir (head chef) ... Park House continues to offer fieldsports enthusiasts a nigh-on perfect experience, with a soothing spa twist ... Unapologetically, I have nothing but praise for this particular hotel.

Read the full article here.

ETC Sussex, UK, October 2014:

... Although we were only at Park House for the day I honestly did feel rejuvenated after my visit. In fact it felt like I had been on holiday. If you are looking for a quick pick-me-up then Park House is the perfect oasis set in a breathtakingly beautiful countryside setting. Pure bliss.

Sunday Times, Travel, 'Ultimate 100 British Hotels', UK, September 2014:

... Time to collapse into an overstuffed sofa and put your feet up, Park House, near Midhurst, has been practising the art of country-house hotel-keeping for 60 years and still flies the flag with gusto. ...The South Downs lanscape here is as fine as any in southern England.

VantagePoint magazine (Sussex & Surrey), UK, September 2014:

...the seemingly simple taste belied lots of different flavours contrasting and contributing to the whole..So much attention to detail with a myriad of ingredients in each dish.... But it was the main course that we most admired. A rainbow of colours on a plate, my black bream, samphire, shimeji mushroom, red peppers and saffron potatoes were beautifully presented. I savoured every mouthful as the fish was perfectly moist and the skin fabulously crispy. The sweetness of the peppers contrasted strikingly with the salty samphire....

Sussex Life, UK, July 2014:

... Glorious not only for the setting, which is enviable, but also the top notch treatments and above all, the staff. They really could not be more cheerful, helpful and relaxed. ... The spa's signature Kerstin Florian facials were a revolution to my face. ... But take care not to disregard the massages, which are comparable to any top enterprise that you might care to find in this or any other country. ... This hidden gem is well worth a visit.

The Sunday Telegraph, UK, June 2014:

... Surrounding the house is a neat croquet lawn, a pair of lawn tennis courts, a testing pitch and putt golf course and an emerald putting green, all perfectly maintained. There are 21 bedrooms in the main house. Excellent breakfasts.


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