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“A perfect retreat - whether a human or a dog!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Baynards, Rudgwick, Horsham RH12 3AD, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Rudgwick B&B and Inns
Winchester, United Kingdom
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“A perfect retreat - whether a human or a dog!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

This is one of the best finds I have ever made, and certainly the best B&B I have ever stayed in. My husband and I, in much need of some relaxation, comfort and a break from the hamster wheel of life, booked a 3 night break at Linacre Lodge fairly last minute on the recommendation of Alastair Sawday’s dog-friendly places. We stayed in the Moore suite which is really like a luxury mini flat! There is so much attention to detail it is amazing. Laura and Chris have thought through everything! The rooms are beautifully but simply decorated, the bed extremely comfortable, fluffy white towels, lovely luxury toiletries, a selection of options for hot drinks, luxury chocolates, magazines and books in abundance and a jar, labelled in a unique “Laura” style, full of a wide selection of things you might have forgotten – moisturizer, hair putty, shaving items etc.

Every day an exciting and delicious result of the day’s baking appears in the room (chocolate brownies and muffins while we were there, complete with Laura labels) when you get back home after the day’s exploits. The breakfast choices are wide-ranging and gorgeous, cooked by Laura on her Aga while you sit in her lovely warm comfortable kitchen at a family table shared with the other guests. There is a feeling that you are spending the weekend with friends rather than people you have never met before!

We also have a dog, and she too couldn’t have felt more welcomed! There was a ‘doggy welcome pack’ to greet her, as well as a fenced garden to play in, accompanied by Norman and Gus who she loved! We did two wonderful walks (including excellent pub lunches) while we were there, both of them recommended by Laura, who provided walk descriptions, maps and torches in case we got home in the dark. There was no fuss about muddy clothes and dogs, just practical help with sorting it all out, which was just what we required.

The first evening we walked across the fields by starlight to the friendly local pub, and then opted for the comfort of Linacre Lodge the following 2 nights. On one of these Laura happily provided plates and cutlery so we could eat the food we had bought in a local town, and on the other we enjoyed wonderful Laura-made pizzas, salad and popcorn. They do not have an alcohol licence but there is no problem with bringing wine and we shared a lovely meal with Laura, Chris and the other guests, though if we had preferred privacy we would have been just as welcome to retreat to our room with our feast. There are only 2 rooms available (though there are plans to add another at some stage), which adds to the feeling of being with friends. However, though I have some lovely friends, I cannot imagine them providing the luxury, attention to every detail of need and want that Laura and Chris at Linacre do. This place and its wonderful hosts is a gem not to be missed!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Me and my partner stayed at Linacre for a couple of days with our pet dog Molly over a weekend and we had an amazing time, both Chris and Laura are extremely welcoming and they made us feel right at home! The room was stunning and immaculately presented, all the little touches make the stay feel extra special and we both found the stay very relaxing and like Linacre was home for the weekend!
The location is rural enough to make you feel a million miles away and yet a few minutes drive to all you could need! Both Chris and Laura also have an extensive knowledge of the local area and so helped us plan some walks and recommend places to eat that would also allow us to take our pet dog, this really made the stay extra special! The breakfast menu is extensive and certainly gets you off to a great start to the day! We will definately be going back :-)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

We stayed at Linacre Lodge for one night on our way from Devon to Kent. We were warmly greeted by Chris on arrival and given a fresh flask of milk to have with our tea in the room. The room itself was luxurious and included free chocolate and caramels, elderflower cordial, tea and coffee on arrival. The bed was comfortable, there was free wifi and the shower was spacious. There were soft white towels and bathrobes, and a plentiful supply of bath essentials. We were given wonderful dinner recommendations as well as local walks. The breakfast cooked by Laura was superb. We were served a bowl of fresh strawberries and blueberries, cereals and homemade bread with local jams. The more substantial breakfast options were excellent and varied. We had the platter of cured Italian meats and French cheeses, and the freshly made porridge with maple syrup. Breakfast takes place around the kitchen table and you get a great chance to chat with Laura and Chris, and any other guests staying at the lodge. Laura is a superb host. She is very chatty and friendly, and happy to offer tips and advice. We would love to return!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

I found Linacre Lodge while researching B&Bs for our trip to England, and I almost hate to tell anyone about it! My husband and I spent three glorious days there in October during a week-long visit to England. Laura (the innkeeper), Norman (the dog) and Mabel and Algie (the cats) made us feel right at home. We stayed in the Bristow room, which was fully equipped with a large, comfortable bed, great bath, and all the amenities.

Laura not only prepared our breakfast to order on the Aga each morning, but she was an excellent tour guide with great suggestions and plenty of maps. Even though you feel like you are deep in the country, Linacre Lodge is a great base for exploring Sussex, Hampshire and Kent. During our stay we saw the Long Man of Wilmington, Beachy Head and Eastbourne, Battle and Chartwell (Churchill's home). Good restaurants close by include the Kings Head in Rudgwick and the Chequers in Rowhook.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

I stayed just one night (satnav was useful to find it in the dark) but it was well worth it. Lovely room plus small sitting room, excllent quality everything, kind welcome, all you would want from a first class b&b.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

Wonderful B&B in a glorious setting. The owners are very friendly and helpful and made our visit there very enjoyable.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Address: Baynards, Rudgwick, Horsham RH12 3AD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Horsham > Rudgwick
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Rudgwick
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the glorious Baynards Park, Rudgwick, Linacre Lodge, a 4* (Gold award) rated country escape offers luxurious bedrooms and great breakfasts. We have one large bedroom and one suite, each with own bathroom and far-reaching views over local countryside. ‘More’ suite can be adapted to offer family accommodation. Walkers / Cyclists have Down’s Link, Sussex Border Path, Surrey Cycleway on doorstep. Pubs / restaurants, plenty to see and do closeby. Gatwick airport 35mins away. ... more   less 

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