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Sussex hotels among top 50 family-friendly ones in the UK

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Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa in Atherington and Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa in Cuckfield were the county’s representatives on the list.

Discussing the list The Telegraph wrote: “Even just one night at one of Britain’s best hotels can rejuvenate a family; escape from everyday life offers a treat for everyone.

“With young children, on-site childcare and toddler-focused activities can be a stimulating distraction while parents slip off to a relaxation zone.”

The full list of the top 50 family-friendly hotels in the UK can be found on their website here.

What did The Telegraph say about the Sussex hotels?

Discussing Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa The Telegraph wrote: “For a charmingly old-fashioned stay in an Elizabethan house in the heart of the South Downs, Ockenden offers high-calibre food, a beautiful indoor pool (with children’s swimming times), and the wonder of the rambling landscape around you.

“To use the pretty contemporary spa, parents will need babysitters – or to take turns.”

Overall, the hotel received a rating of 8/10 from the newspaper, which also gave that rating to the Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa.

They wrote: “This Twenties mock-mediaeval mansion set in gorgeous parkland is surrounded by cottage annexes, a chapel and barn-style spa.

“The effect is akin to an ancient Sussex hamlet – and there are special children’s pool times, football, quoits, croquet and giant Jenga.

“The sea is a 10-minute stroll away, and the hotel will organise picnics for the beach and separate children’s dining times. It’s pet-friendly too.”

Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa has also been well-received on Tripadvisor earning a score of 4/5 from 1,569 reviews.

One person wrote: “Lovely room, bed comfy & spotless linens. The food was delicious as always. Beautifully kept grounds with plenty to do.

“Although the hotel is family friendly, the children’s hours in the pool and spa area are limited so there was plenty of peace & quiet as well as time for youngsters to let off steam – a nice balance.”

Meanwhile, the Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa also has a 4/5 score on Tripadvisor from 1,387 reviews.


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One reviewer shared: “We had a lovely 2-night stay. The rooms are comfy and clean, all food was excellent and the spa is beautiful. We both had massages which were great. The staff were so friendly and helpful. Children can go on the pool within limited times which works well.”

Another posted: “My family really enjoyed the experience. The spa rooms and spa facilities are truly great and modern, the dinner was good and the service was excellent and attentive.

“It is the staff what makes this place an amazing experience! from the reception team to the restaurant, spa and cleaning team! Thank you for being approachable and always thoughtful on how to go that extra mile!”


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