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“Top Drawer” 5 of 5 stars
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Bailiffscourt Hotel
Climping Street, Climping, Littlehampton BN17 5RW, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Climping
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53 hotel reviews
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“Top Drawer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2007

I have just returned from a weekend break at this Hotel and really enjoyed it.

The location is great, set amidst beautiful green Sussex Countryside nestled just behind the pebble beach at Climping.
The hotel grounds are extensive with lawns and trees in abundance and the hotel has it's own access to the beach through the woods. There are interesting brick buildings dotted about, which the hotel use for storage. Peacocks and game birds roam the grounds.
It was raining a lot and the hotel wisely place umbrellas around for your use.

The hotel building itself is medieval in style inside and out.
Reception is a small homely room and you sit down to register with the receptionist. The hotel has a beautiful spa with indoor and outdoor pools, gym, well being and beauty treatments and a hot tub. My girlfriend enjoyed a hot stone massage and bought some of their excellent toiletries and candles.

The rooms vary in price and style, we went for a modern room, which was large and clean with an amazing bathroom, the furniture was a bit mix and match and they had a sofa placed in front of the TV which meant you couldn't see the TV from bed and the TV itself was a bit small , also not all of the lights worked. We only had 1 bathrobe, but house keeping cheerily remedied this and turned down the beds.
Room service was very swift and friendly and the quality of sandwiches was v.good.

Dinner was a pleasurable experience an imaginitave and well executed menu,local and seasonal products were in abundance service was polite friendly and swift, breakfast was also very good. The wine list was also varied and well thought out.

I found all of the staff very pleasant, efficient in their jobs and eager to please.

This hotel is not cheap by any means, but if you want some pampering in a lovely setting with good food and service on tap, then go here.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2007

My husband and I visited this hotel post our honeymoon, as we wanted to have a short and romantic break before getting back to work. Grounds, setting and buildings are beautiful and very romantic. Everything else is quite dissapointing. I'm glad we only paid £150 for one night B&B thr lastminute, because if we paid more than that I would be really unhappy. Rooms are tired and it seemed like they have not been dusted for a while. The main hotel building lacked atmosphere and it felt empty and souless. To be fair the building is full of very small rooms, hence no focal point and it feels disjointed. Because of this we didn't feel like staying in the hotel and moved on to a local pub for drinks and dinner. Saying that we each had a beer as soon as we arrived and we were charged £7.85 for a pint! The most expensive pint of beer we ever had! Spa is nice and staff is ok.
All in all we only slept in our room, used the spa and spent the rest of our stay in the local pub.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2007

My husband and I chose to stay at bailiffs Court for our wedding anniversary. Our first choice, Amberley castle was a no go because we had out 6 month old baby in tow...still, we were looking forward to some pampering at this luxury hotel and spa.

Our first warning came as we tried to order afternoon tea. It actually took 20 minutes to just give our order. A waitress snapped at us to "wait a minute" when we politely asked if we could give our order. Our sandwiches and cake finally arrived 45 minutes after we first sat down.

At dinner we found the same problem. There seems to be no organsiation for greeting guests and no one seems to take responsibility for giving menus, taking orders and so on. Again, we faced a 15 minute wait in the lounge bar before we were even asked if we would like a drink.

On checking out I noticed we had been charged for a bottle of wine we hadn't ordered and a cream tea that we cancelled because of the wait. Again, an example of the slightly haphazard organisation at the hotel.

Our superior room was rather tired and faded with ripped bed linen and a toilet whose plumbing had seen better days. The room was certainly atmospheric but I would have expected something a little more special for our £365. Amberley for example leave cheese and wine in the room and chocolates at night. Gravetye manor leave fresh fruit and wine. Little touches, but essential for that feeling of luxury.

The spa treatments were fantastic. The therapists were excellent which made up for disappointments in other areas. However, here also there are problems. On arriving for my treatment I was told there was some confusion over the towels, robes and lockers and could I wait in the lobby. When my husband booked a treatment he was asked to change the time to "make things easier for us." Fair enough, but I think for these prices they should be making things easier for the guests...

On a positive note the food was excellent as were the spa treatments. The staff, (although some need training - not their fault), were very friendly and lovely to our baby. The grounds and location are beautiful.

Unfortunately we came away feeling that we had been ripped off - a feeling I have never had after a similarly priced break at Amberley and Gravetye for example. There is a significant difference between expensive and money grabbing and expensive but value for money. Bailiffs Court unfortunately fall in the former catergory.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2007

We have stayed at a lot of similar establishments and expected something of the same but were disappointed to find the room had a sickly smell to it (on informing reception/housekeeping this still remained). During our stay room was not hoovered, bath uncleaned. Only making up of beds, wiping down sinks and fresh toilet paper.

Dinner menu was the same every night except for chef's special with only two main meal etc. choices (never had this in other similar hotels. All choices changed nightly). Superior double but only one uncomfortable chair to sit in.

Cheapest bottle of wine £17 as compared to £14.50/£15.00 other similar places. Coffee £8.00 for two. Every item was approx £2.00 more than everywhere else of a similar rating.

When we arrived (3 p.m. check in we had to wait until 4 p.m. until the room was ready.. not sure what they did in this time!!)

The only good things were the lovely old buildings and peacocks and walk to the beach but definately not worth it just for that! You can't eat scenery or enjoy staying in a smelly badly cleaned room.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Cleanliness/over priced
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2007

If you have taste for the finer and luxurious things this is not the place for you.
Worn room and bathroom fitting, poor plumbing, below average spa facilities. Overall a shabby place.

  • Stayed January 2007
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2007

What a great hotel. The staff were always helpful and friendly. The room was large and spacious with a great bathroom (we stayed in a superior room booked at a very reasonable price through lastmin.com). We had room service and breakfast which were both lovely. Beautiful setting.

Two reasons why I have marked this as excellent rather than just above average

1. When we had breakfast there was a wasp in the room, one of the waiters stayed in the room ensureing it didnt bother the guests and only left once it had gone.

2. I also managed to leave my best pair of boots at the hotel and after a frantic phone call when we got home the hotel found them and sent them on to me free of charge! Now that is service.

A perfect hotel for a relaxing, luxurious break!

  • Liked — Everything!!!!!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2007

I had previously visited the spa for a day trip and some treatments so I know how stunning the place was, but wanted to bring my boyfriend and stay in the hotel, so when I saw an absolute bargain on ebay for a superior room and dinner and breakfast for two, I couldn't resist, ( £110.. the person I bought it off had won it in a raffle!).

So we went to celebrate our aniversary and it was absulutely fantastic!
We chose a modern room as a browse on trip advisor showed that the bathroom facillities in the older rooms were not up to scratch.

Our room was the nicest hotel room I have ever been in!
There were beautiful shutters with cherry blossom painted on, a comfy king sized bed and a bathroom to die for!.. heated flooring, a rolltop bath for two and a two person walk in mosaic rain shower!..Pure 5* luxury!

Dinner was delicious although not great for vegetarians.. lovely home baked bread.

We had two trips to the stunning spa which does not do justice by the photos on the website.
We had both pools to ourself.. the outdoor infinity pool is the best pool I've been in.. the view whilst swimming is peakocks and trees.
the putdoor hot tub is great for pummelling tight muscles.

The pools are ozone treated so You don't get stingy chlorine eyes.
The pools are sparkling clean, although the changing room could do with a spruce up.

The staff were really friendly, but my only complaints are that the guests were stuffy and looked miserable(how can you be so miserable in such a lovely place!!), they tried to charge us f£105 for dinner which was actually included in our deal, the drinks were very expensive.. £16 for 3 colas, 2 teas and a bottle of water!
And I didn't realise how noisy peacocks are at night, dispite being so pretty!

All in all, we got a great deal.. this is perfect for a romantic break.
Although we only stayed one night, it was so relaxing, nipping in and out of breathtaking pools and hot tubs and lazing around in a double hammock, it felt like we had had a week's holiday!

We will definitely return, and go for a modern room again.
This is not a cheap hotel, so we will look out for a last minute offer.

  • Liked — the amazing contempory room and mosaic bathroom plus beautiful view of fields
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Climping Street, Climping, Littlehampton BN17 5RW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Littlehampton > Climping
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Climping
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 39
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