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Crowhurst Park
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Had a Monday to Friday break. Stayed in Ontario Lodge - very good price. Lovely position, good grounds and views, and swimming pool was a real bonus. Staff at The Manor House were very welcoming on arrival. Accomodation was clean and adequate and seating area very comfortable. Shower over bath was a bit disappointing so used showers in leisure centre instead. Could not fathom out how to light oven on first evening and office was shut so enquired next day as to how to get it working. Maintenance service was amazing - chap arrived at lodge before we had walked back from the reception! Explained in 2 seconds how to light oven. Said we were not the first to have trouble - should not have thought it too hard to have laminated sheet in a kitchen drawer explaining the technique! All in all we had a good break. Our only disappointment was that the front door to our lodge was well passed it's sell by date. Peeling paint and you could see right through the split down the centre of the door. As first impressions count this was most unwelcoming.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2013


Just got back from a 3 day break to crowhurst park,we had a ontario lodge that slept 2 adults and 2 kids, we had lodge 24 which was between larger lodges but had the fantasic view over the valley all the way to the sea (think it was pevensey bay we could see?) lodge had everything we need for a few days, heating in living room via a electric mock fire, bedrooms have elcertic wall heaters, the were quite good, couldnt work out how to set timer for them so just left them on for our stay! Lodge is basically a static caravan but clad in wood, still very cosy and better than a caravan! Bit drafty but to be expected! Hot water was piping all the time coming from a small boiler in the cupboard.
You need to take things like towels for bathing and if you use the lesiure center. We were in our lodge by 2pm which was nice as it was ready.
Only downside to our trip and it was nothing to do with crowhurst was that there were not many places to eat locally, we normally go to places like harvester/brewers fayre etc (chain places) we found lovely little pub just on outskirts of battle called the chequers, it s was very welcoming for us and our little boy!
We only visted the blue reef aquarium whilst on our break and it was £8 per adult, it was ok but i think slighty overpriced as we had seen it all within 30-45mins! Hastings is ok to look at for a hour or 2 (november dont forget!) but much more than that its a bit "samey" fish and chip shops/antique shops etc!
So to sum up crowhust park is lovely for a short break just for R+R! and the lodges are worth the money, we paid £139 for 3 nights.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
3  Thank ianfld
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stayed at Crowhurst Park last weekend as a family get together, to spend time together and to loosely celebrate a couple of birthdays.

There were 10 of us (7 adults and 3 children) and we had 3 lodges: a Minisota, Ontario & Colorado. The Colorado was very superior and very lovely. Unfortunately it was not my lodge!

We enjoyed the swimming pool area and for the adults the Steam and Sauna. The 2 older children were old enough for the Jacuzzi. The staff in the leisure area were very friendly and pleasant.

We were not planning to self cater main meals but were forced to on the Saturday night. We wanted an evening meal at around 5.30pm at the Manor House and the website indicated the menu plus opening times (plus the info in our lodges), but due to a wedding they could not guarantee what time our food would arrive as the wedding meal would take priority due to timings so it was possible that we would not get our meals till just before 7pm. This was a big disappointment and very unhelpful and not practical as one of our party was 4 years old and unfair to make him wait that long when it would have been virtually his bedtime. We ended up cooking ourselves as any restaurants in Battle could not either cater for the 10 of us or provide children or vegetarian meals (5 of our party were vegetarian and 3 of those children). I personally was not impressed with the oven in our lodge. It certainly didn’t heat up to the temperature it was supposed to so I was actually pretty cross. In hindsight maybe we should have booked ahead then we would have known and could have arranged a booking elsewhere.

We were able to eat at the Manor house for Sunday lunch. This was not bad. Not much choice for the veggies in our group – and especially the veggie children. Seems like the menu they advertise in the rooms and on the website is much slimmer on a Sunday but it is not clear until you see what is on offer on the Sunday menu. The lady who was serving us (long hair) was very polite and friendly especially with the children.

To sum up, we had an enjoyable stay mainly as the lodge was satisfactory and the swimming pool really was the highlight for us. The fireworks from the wedding were really lovely so did take away the bitter taste from our Saturday night disappointment.

I feel that if Crowhurst Park is going to cater for weddings then they need to build an additional restaurant/function room which also has a kitchen, so the ‘normal’ paying guests are not inconvenienced at all. The facilities are listed and advertised but they don’t state that it does not apply if there is a wedding! The Manor House can cope with one or the other but not both.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights from the friday till the monday. Apon arrival we were blown away by the view across the valley and out to sea. The manor house looks like something out of a jane austin film. The complex is incredibly clean and feels really spaced out so your not ontop of other guests. The pool is great heated too which was a nice suprise for this time of year! The virginia lodge was far above what we expected having never stayed in a lodge before. The lounge/kitchen had all we needed and really felt cosy and was again well heated. the staff at the park seem helpful and actually look happy to work there which says it all really. When we return to hastings again next year we will 100% be staying here, i would recommend this park to anyone

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left this holiday was one of the best most relaxing we have had. A 4 night break for 5 people ( we stayed in Minnesota number 3 ) The lodge was large enough yet cosy enough at the same time. Spotlessly clean kitchen (stocked with everything you need for a self catering holiday) comfy lounge and 3 faired sized bedrooms made for a great stay. Food in the restaurant / bar was very good, the bar itself was small but adequate with additional seating available. Prices and choice was sufficient too. We didn't use the swimming pool but we did have a look and it seemed OK.
The park was ideally situated for easy access to the coast (Hastings), Battle and Bodiam Castle - all of these were visited and we can say that all are worth a visit.
Overall a lovely break, relaxing and great family fun.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We stayed for 7 nights in Heritage Lodge #44 which is the first lodge you reach once you have driven up the long drive way. Our lodge was secluded and very much detached from the others, with the hot tub concealed and partially facing an open field, with great views.

The lodge was clean, tidy with all fixtures operational.

We stayed Sat to Sat and ate a couple of times in the Manor House. We were daily customers of the swimming pool with our two and a half year old who loved the pool. There is a gym, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi etc. The staff at the pool were friendly and helpful.

Be aware of the weddings. I don't think these generally take over and there were two hosted during our stay. They were in no way disruptive to our stay, but I can imagine the Manor house gets crowded as this is the only bar. A marquee is in place outside for the weddings although I did see one reception being set-up inside. We did not visit with the intention of clinging to the park facilities as we wanted to explore the area.

Our lodge had a 4 man private hot tub which was superb. The kitchen had a dishwasher, electric oven / hob and fridge freezer.

Would happily stay again without hesitation.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

if you look back to Easter 2012 you will see i was disappointed i gave crowhurst another go for a long weekend as i sit in the bed here looking at a lovely view i don't want to.leave !! the new Colorado lodge was amazing everything very clean everything worked staff have been fantastic especially staff in club house . leisure club and staff great and not forgetting the lovely welcome at reception. nice to be able to leave a review this park deserves. I've booked and I'll be back April well done and thanks to crowhurst

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Additional Information about Crowhurst Park

Address: Telham Lane, Battle TN33 0SL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Battle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Battle
Price Range: $38 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Crowhurst Park 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Crowhurst Park is a quiet, five star holiday village set in 120 acres of countryside just outside Battle in 1066 Country in East Sussex.We have over 50 log cabins available for short breaks and longer holidays. Our park has magnificent views towards Beachy Head and the new South Downs National Park. We hold the David Bellamy Award for Conservation and so we are a dog-free environment. Our lodges all have two or three bedrooms, television (some with DVD player) a kitchen and bathroom and a balcony (some with your own personal hot tub). All bedding is provided but you will need to bring some towels. We have a lovely leisure centre with 18 metre pool, sauna, hot-tub and steam room in addition to a gym. There is a masseuse available to really pamper yourself. Kids are catered for by our Go-Active Club for a small charge and there are a host of things for you to do in the area. Parking is adjacent to the lodge. We look forward to welcoming you to Crowhurst Park. ... more   less 
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