South Lodge Hotel

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LUXURY ON A GRAND SCALE awaits at South Lodge, in the scenic South Downs. Set in 93 acres of woodlands and landscaped gardens, this slickly run Sussex manor house boasts Michelin star dining.

Winston Churchill once stayed at this late 19th Century neo-Jacobean manor house – now flanked by two newer wings – whose ivy-clad walls and wood panelling have been matched with the best in 21st century comforts.

Bedrooms at South Lodge range from the impressively spacious and richly decorated master suites to smart guestrooms. The original timbers, exposed stonework and antiques of the original manor are twinned with plump cushions, pillow menus and bathrooms generously stocked with lotions and potions.

Deluxe junior suites come with lavish walk-in showers or bubbling jacuzzi baths, while the larger Exclusive junior suites – many with four poster beds – are big enough for a party.

Signature suites include the sumptuous Godman Suite, sporting a kingsize oak bed, walk-in shower and huge outdoor hot tub for nights under the stars. Another top choice is the Borde Hill suite, with its four-poster bed, jacuzzi bath and private patio garden looking out to the South Downs. Also made for extravagance is the aptly named Monarch suite, with its private dining area and three TVs.

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Original oak panelling sets the tone in the newly refurbished Camellia Restaurant, serving  seasonal British dishes using local Sussex produce. A very different dining experience is to be had in the headline-making Pass restaurant – a contemporary Michelin starred open-kitchen dining experience with imaginative tasting menus.

Informal sunrise and sundown eats can be had in the lounge or on the al fresco terrace, and afternoon tea beneath a parasol is a must for any South Lodge summertime weekend break. Intimate private dining or champagne breakfasts can be arranged in-suite or beside a roaring log fire.

South Lodge’s sprawling grounds are home to over 200 varieties of rhododendron, azaleas and camellias – adding a blaze of colour in springtime to its sweeping gardens.

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South Lodge Hotel was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mark MacGee

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