Ockenden Manor Hotel and Spa

UK England South East England West Sussex Haywards Heath

  • Hot Tub
  • Wifi
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Laundry service
  • Restaurant
A beautiful Sussex manor house hotel with swanky spa and an award-winning restaurant

Old meets new at Ockenden Manor in Cuckfield, as this grand old Elizabethan mansion is paired with a beautifully modern spa whose exterior is almost industrial in design. The elegance of the main house isn’t diminished, though, as its lavishly decorated bedrooms – think four-poster beds, plush carpets and enormous bathtubs – and classic homely lounges and bars are a wonderful countryside retreat. Well placed within the South Downs, this is the place to come for long walks, fire-side G&Ts and long soaks in the outdoor heated pool. 

The hotel itself has an interesting history – ask the staff for some literature on the property – having formerly been a Jewish boys’ school and accommodation for Canadian troops in the second world war, and parts of it date back to the 1600s. Its exterior is all golden sandstone, towering chimney stacks and climbing ivy and Virginia creeper that glows a fiery red come autumn.

The spa offers a place to warm up in its heated indoor/outdoor pool, where you can float to views of the lawns and woods beyond. Treatments range from floatation in an ‘Isopod’ to reiki to traditional massages and facials, and there’s even a ‘walk-through’ rainforest shower fed by a natural spring.

Dinners here are excellent with local produce transformed by the award-winning chef, and the afternoon tea – served in the lounge by the fire or on the terrace when the sun shines – is an indulgent treat. Dogs are allowed everywhere except the restaurant and spa, and can be left with reception staff while you relax in the spa.

Ockenden Manor is in a great spot too, not more than twenty minutes’ drive from a clutch of gorgeous Sussex gardens – Wakehurst Place and Sheffield Park amongst them – or, to the south, the pretty village of Ditchling and the South Downs. Whether you’ll actually want to leave the hotel grounds though, is an altogether different matter.

Price

Double rooms with breakfast start at £190 a night. Dogs are £15 extra and will get a bowl, blanket and biscuits.

Opening Times

Open all year.

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Location

Ockenden Manor Hotel and Spa, Ockenden Lane Cuckfield West Sussex RH17 5LD

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Getting There

Cuckfield village is just off the A272; the hotel is signposted in the village.


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