A Birthday Break at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa

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At the start of the year I was lucky enough to spend a weekend at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa with Lauren. Situated on the south coast, not far from Littlehampton, it’s a beautiful hotel in an equally beautiful location.

Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa

The Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa is more of a country estate than a simple hotel. It comprises a series of houses and cottages as well as hotel rooms in the main hotel building. All surrounded by 30 acres of parkland.

As soon as we arrived we were greeted by the smell of real fires burning. The main hotel is made up of a series of small, connected rooms with so many little nooks and corners to sit in and watch the world go by. It’s a really lovely place to spend time.

Our room at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa

We were staying in a room in the main Bailiffscourt Hotel building and it was located upstairs and along crooked hallways. Everything at Bailiffscourt looks and feels original so there are uneven floors, little steps and plenty of wonky walls. It really adds to the character of the hotel.

Our room had one main bedroom with a gorgeous four poster bed in it and views of both the inner hotel courtyard and parkland – as there were windows on both sides of the room.

It also had a huge bathroom with a freestanding bath and big walk in shower along with complimentary toiletries and plenty of towels.

Our room had its own log fire which Lauren was able to light herself – but you can ask someone from reception to come and light it if you like.

There was also a TV, seating area with bottled water and a cute closet that included plenty of storage space, an iron and ironing board and a tea tray – complete with tea pot and a jar of homemade biscuits.

We couldn’t have been happier with our room and it was a great base for a relaxing weekend away but would also be a really lovely romantic retreat.

The Spa at the Bailiffscourt Hotel

We spent most of our time at the Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa at the spa and were given towels and flip flops on arrival – however, robes seemed to be kept for guests on specific spa days or spa breaks.

The changing rooms were compact but clean and had everything we needed in them – including free lockers, showers and even complimentary hair and skin products.

The indoor and outdoor pools at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa are beautiful and really nice places to spend time. There’s also an indoor bubble pool although this is the same temperature as the main pool, and a hot tub outside plus a sauna and steam room.

The only thing lacking at the Bailiffscourt Hotel Spa was enough seating. When we arrived we found that all of the loungers were taken – and stayed reserved throughout the time we were there despite not seeing many people actually using them. On the next morning we arrived earlier and manager to get loungers but it didn’t feel like there were enough loungers to accommodate everyone on spa days – let alone hotel guests as well.

But we spent hours in the pool and loved the overall feel of the spa at Bailiffscourt Hotel. It’s a fantastic facility and obviously popular. I’d definitely love to visit more often if I were local.

Dining at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa

We had booked a dinner, bed and breakfast package at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa and had dinner in the dark but atmospheric hotel restaurant – where we discovered that the walls are heated throughout the hotel! So clever!

Our dinner was lovely. Three courses of fine dining options where I had sliced beetroot marinated salmon, beetroot pearls, horseradish cream, pickled cucumber and old Sussex cheddar cracker to start, roasted supreme of chicken with a morel mushroom cream sauce, potato puree, kale and red wine jus for my main and finished with a dark chocolate and kirsch cherries delice with vanilla cream and chocolate shards. It was delicious.

The service was fantastic throughout our meal – and we were even given free glasses of fizz as it was Lauren’s birthday. It really was a highlight of our break.

We had a great nights sleep at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa. It was warm, dark and lovely and quiet, just like being in the middle of nowhere!

Breakfast the next morning was served in another part of the restaurant – the great thing about lots of little interconnecting rooms.

We had a choice of cooked breakfast options – and both went for a full english – plus buffet options too. Fresh fruit, porridge and yogurt as well as pastries and hams and cheese plus fresh juice. It was a lovely start to the day.

Our break at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa was perfect, and a great start to the new year. It had so much character and a really relaxed feel, making it a great place for some real down time.

Find out more about Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa over on their website and for reference the hotel address is: Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa, Climping Street, Climping , West Sussex, BN17 5RW

Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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