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"Magical seaside location…"
This beautiful Sussex country house hotel might not be the first place you'd think of as a family destination - but a closer look at the location and the facilities may make you think differently.
An architectural folly, created by the 1927 designed for Lord Moyne, then Walter Guinness of the brewing family, it looks every bit the mediaeval manor house complete with gate house and numerous outbuildings. But the clincher for any parent should be the hotel's promiximity to the wonderful beach at Climping. It's barely a three minute walk through the hotel's gardens before you're out on the pebble beach with barely a soul to share it with even in the height of summer.
We visited over the school summer holidays when there were lots of families staying. Our Feature Room (number 28) was in the main building, overlooking the beautiful gardens and was beautiful as well as pretty massive with plenty of room for a camp bed for our daughter at the base of our bed. There was also an open fire which would be heavenly on a cold winter's night.
One of the key draws of the hotel is the separate spa building - also built in period style. There's a large indoor and outdoor pool, which was a massive draw for the children. It's worth noting though that family swim times are limited in both pools - it would have been nice during the school holidays if this had perhaps been lifted just for the outdoor pool perhaps. But the sea is nearby for when you can't swim in the pool.
Staff were super-friendly - particularly in the restaurant. Breakfasts include a wonderful porridge station complete with tots of rum for the grown-ups. We had dinner here one night and were really impressed by the food and menu. There's a separate children's menu if you want, and plenty of local produce on offer including some great cheeses, wines and great ice-cream.
The gardens are great for the kids to romp through - there was swing ball, croquet sets, two lovely swings - not to mention a tennis court, table tennis and indoor games room. so plenty to keep everyone occupied. If you're staying more than a night, you might want to venture to nearby Littlehampton - just a 10 minute drive away - where there's an outdoor lido, boating pond and the now-famous East Beach Cafe which regularly gets picked out as one of the best beach restaurants in the country. It'a also a short drive from Arundel Castle which is also a great family-friendly day out.
At night you can pick out a DVD from an extensive library to keep the kids amused, but with all that fresh air our daughter was asleep in seconds. Result!Read moreLess