I was looking for a couple of days away with a friend with a few spa treatments, near the sea in relaxing, non-corporate hotel surroundings with good food and Baliffscourt ticked all the boxes! Set in beautiful grounds walking distance from the sea we were greeted by peacocks amidst a sea of daffodils and beautiful buildings that felt like a set from a BBC period drama. Whilst the hotel itself is smart it is also relaxed and welcoming as was the service. Everyone we spoke to was friendly and helpful. We stayed in one of the modern rooms that was separate to the main building and it was tastefully decorated, spacious with all the usual modcons. The modern building was not so great on the outside but didnt have to look at it for long. The spa was fabulous - again, clean, smart but not corporate. I had a body scrub on a heated water bed with bowls of oils wafting - bliss! The two treatments I had did exactly what was listed and were carried out by 2 girls who clearly loved what they did and who they worked for - a good balance of chat and quiet, quality products and beautifully executed - faultless. The outdoor pool is also another major plus set within beautiful surrounds, on our first night we swam neath the stars and drank white wine whilst sat in the hot tub. Small but good gym and with the coast so close you can easily take your exercise with a run down the beach or many country foot paths. Close too to Arundel if you want culture, sightseeing or to do a spot of shopping in a beautiful,uncommercial place.
The only negatives I have are small things which could be easily rectified - one rainy day we borrowed dvds from the hotel library free of charge( another good perk) but there was no scart lead so took a while to get it working (would be good to check these things first). The afternoon tea was lovely with home made scones and clotted cream but the jam was the cheap jars you get in naf chain restaurants. For a place this smart I expect more. The flowers on the table at dinner were petrol station Chrysanths - no excuse at this time of year with daffs out - again, a bit naf. Also a glass of champagne was Savoy prices. Minor things but when a place has a croquet lawn and a heli-pad I also expect quality in the detail. All in all though, a perfect weekend retreat with friend for a spa or loved one for a relaxed romantic weekend away. Already planning my next trip!
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