The Bailiffscourt Spa & Hotel



If you’re looking for a stay-cation get away, not too far from our fair city and perfect for all seasons, you could do worse than consider Bailiffscourt Spa on the Sussex coast. An old-fashioned country manor set in beautiful grounds, just a couple of minutes’ walk away from an unspoiled beach, Bailiffscourt Spa is nested between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. Looking somewhat like a medieval manor, the 30 acres of private parkland have ultra modern spa facilities, charming chill out areas, board games, outdoor games, and a first class restaurant.

Baliffscourt was created in the 1920s by Walter Guinness, later Lord Moyne, and his wife Evelyn. She had a passion for all things medieval; they bought land on which a small 13th century chapel already stood, and built a bewitching folly using a wide variety of authentic materials, from golden Somerset stone walls to the vast 15th century oak front door from South Warnborough church.

A separate building is home to Bailiffscourt’s spa facilities, indoor pool and heated outdoor infinity pool. The spa, which opened thirteen years ago, is a modern attraction housed in a barn-like building, with a pleasing view across the woodlands from the indoor pool.

The staff are friendly and really helpful, and the list of spa treatments is impressive. I got the new beginnings pregnancy massage, which was a fantastic way to relax and relieve the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. The hydrothermal massage system really helped ease my aching back and muscles. It’s a full hour of relaxation heaven, which allows you to rest and take the pressure of your limbs, and your bump! A rarity for pregnant women and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough!

A 10-minute stroll from the hotel across fields will bring you to the coast, with long winding walks and cute seaside cafes. It’s ideal for a summer’s day stroll or a longer winter wander. The picturesque Climping Beach is, like many of the beaches in the area, made up of shingle and pebbles held in place by a series of wooden groynes. It’s a lovely stroll to get a breath of fresh air or if you’re feeling adventurous, take a dip in the sea!

Accommodation is grand at Bailiffscourt and we stayed in the Tattersham period room in the main house. There was a grand double bed and traditional decor, a stylish and elegant room with a modern bathroom.

If you fancy a pampering, you can take a stroll down to the spa that has floor to ceiling windows, a state of the art gym and plenty of areas to relax and unwind. There are also facilities to play board games and snuggle up next to a fire with a glass of red wine, if you that’s more your glass of Merlot.

In the evening we dined at the hotel restaurant which really was something special, with a show-stopping menu and very friendly and helpful staff. The A la Carte Sussex Menu provided us with delicious and memorable dishes. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the chicken was perfectly flavoured. I started with the langoustine which were tender and juicy, and my partner enjoyed his perfectly al dente risotto. A hearty and healthy freshly-cooked breakfast is also served up in the mornings.

  • Bailiffscourt Hotel makes for a  great weekend away, and is easily accessible from London. Well behaved pets are welcome in some rooms too. To find out more visit
Alice Kelleher

Alice Kelleher

Former Journalist, Alice now spends her days working at a PR agency in Soho. She loves all things London-centric, and can often be found running from pillar to post searching out the hottest new places to eat, drink, and generally be merry.
A beauty fanatic, Alice will share her wisdom on all the latest lotion and potions. Oh and she’s getting married soon, so she’s going to be writing about all the red hot bridal trends in and around London.

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