Ockenden Manor Spa & HotelOckenden Manor history goes back some way. The first recorded owners of Ockenden Manor were the Michel family in the mid-1500s. Alas, the Manor was burnt down in September of 1608. It was rebuilt at some point in the 1650s. It became a guest house and restaurant after WW2. Ockenden Manor Cuckfield West Sussex is a lovely old hotel – so cozy. There are stunning fresh flowers everywhere. The Ockenden Manor bar is really comfy and there is a lovely big sort of drawing room with a fireplace which is where afternoon tea was served. Top Tip: Make sure you book your Ockenden Manor afternoon tea before your stay. It is very popular and sells out quickly! If you do miss out on a spot the Ockenden Manor spa restaurant offers delicious scones!
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa: Things to DoGo for a walk! Ockenden Manor has a brilliant folder with about 20 different walks. The walks vary in length from 30 minutes to 5 hours. It is a great set up – the hotel has photocopied all of them so you just take out a copy of the walk you want. Ockenden is actually in the town of Cuckfield which is cute. It has a beautiful old church with a picturesque graveyard. We were lucky enough to have a beautiful morning and ended up randomly wandering a bit. If you have a car then Brighton is a short drive (Read my post about a Brighton day trip here). Rye and Battle are also lovely places to visit that are nearby.
Ockenden Manor: Food and DrinksFabulous! Let’s start with the wine list! My favourite thing about the Ockenden Manor wine list was that they had 3 local sparkling wines on offer. Sussex is a great area for English sparklings. Or if you want to go with classic French champagne don’t miss The Gosset. Ockenden has an extensive wine list plus several wine options by the glass. We had lunch on arrival. The Ockenden Manor menu on a Sunday features roasts. I had the roast beef which was delicious and served wonderfully pink. It came with some chips and some carrots which were a nice change from a full-on all the trimmings roast.
We enjoyed a late lunch at the Ockenden spa. We couldn’t decide between wraps or salad we split a chicken wrap and superfood salad – this was excellent. Next up were the scones which were absolutely sensation! The clotted cream was amazing!There is free coffee all over the Ockenden Manor spa which is a nice touch. There is a Nespresso machine in the spa and in the room and it is all complimentary. As we are in England, of course, there is tea everywhere.
Ockenden Manor RoomsWe loved our room! We had a twin room called David on the 2nd floor. I think we were under the eaves/in a loft. It was quite spacious and yet so cozy. We had two super cute little windows with seats underneath. The beds were very very comfortable. The interior was cute and English eccentric. We even had a comfy couch! There are bathrobes and some nice toiletries in the room at Ockenden Manor. There were 2 sets of toiletries with one set actually in the shower (why don’t more hotels put the actual shower toiletries in the shower???) and another full set by the basin. We had both a claw foot bathtub and a gorgeous giant shower with which I was very happy. Our Ockenden Manor room had 2 bathrobes and a hairdryer.
Ockenden Manor – The SpaThe spa is a lovely building and space! It is not huge and we were there in January when it was fully booked. Alas, it did feel a bit full. There is a nice seating area next to reception with a view over the pool etc where you can eat or wait for your Ockenden Manor spa treatments. The Ockenden Manor spa treatment menu is big! I only sampled the flotation tank. It was very nice but if I am very honest I got a bit bored! This is one of their signature spa treatments. The spa facilities have a gorgeous rainforest type walk through and around shower experience which I loved. At 15m the swimming pool is long enough for laps. There is an outside and inside section of the swimming pool and outside and inside jacuzzis.
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa: The ServiceThe service was such a mix! Everyone is so friendly and so lovely. But things aren’t exactly smooth. We arrived and sat down in the bar to look at lunch – it was just after 130 and lunch finished at 2. We preferred the bar to the main restaurant but then there was back and forth as to whether we could have the restaurant menu in the bar area. We then waited over 20 minutes to be asked for a drink order – and that only happened after I got up and found someone. They were lovely about it but still, it wasn’t ideal. We then went to the spa where we were told that the yoga class was booked out for the next day as were most of the treatments. This was a little frustrating as it would have been nice to know this might happen and that we should book ahead of time.
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Ockenden Manor: The VerdictVisiting Ockenden Manor Spa on a deal is fantastic value for money. The property is stunning, the rooms lovely and the food is excellent. The spa is lovely and has excellent facilities. The only downside was the often very slow service. However, when I offset this against the value for money it is still well worth visiting. I would recommend attending outside of winter. There will probably be fewer people and the warm weather means you can head outside which I think will give a greater sense of space.
Ockenden Manor Spa – Getting There and Getting AwayOckenden Manor Hotel & Spa is located in lovely Sussex – not far from London. Indeed it is only about 45 minutes on a train from London Bridge and then a 5-minute cab ride so it is super easy to get there. There are also direct trains to Haywards Heath (the nearest station) from London Victoria and London Blackfriars.
Other Kent and Sussex Hotels and Sussex Spa Day Options:Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa is Roman-inspired and very decadent! Two floors of pools, 19 treatment rooms, gym, hydrotherapy pool, bubble pool, steam, sauna – the list goes on and on! Prices from £220. Grayshott Health Spa has both indoor and outdoor pools, an extensive treatment menu and nutritious food. Check out their programs. Prices from £175. Alexander House Hotel has a zen garden, an indoor pool with Tuscan columns, L’occitane toiletries and an insane number of treatments. Prices from £159.
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