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Bailiffscourt Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Climping
Certificate of Excellence
Sussex, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
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“Unusual!”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

The enormous amount of highly rated reviews of this hotel show how much it is appreciated and liked by its guests, however, I have found it quite difficult to rate after our recent stay here. I also stayed here many years' ago, not much has changed except for the addition of the Spa. It's certainly very interesting - originally a main house and outbuildings built in the 1930's in the style of a medieval village... It's very pretty from the outside, with warm, Cotswold-coloured walls covered in rambling roses and general foliage! The grounds/gardens are beautifully tended, the grass and paths immaculately cut and trimmed.
Inside, the little rooms all leading off one another give a 15th century look - but deep down, not entirely authentic - it doesn't help that my husband was born and brought up in an actual 15th century house, so to him, it seemed almost Disneyesque, or like one of the amazing reproductions seen in Las Vegas (but not authentic at all).
The service throughout was very attentive, however Reception was clearly under pressure; normally only one member of staff to see to guest check-in, which led to some waiting about for check in and check out. The Reception area is so small, it seems difficult for the staff to manage (if it were my hotel, I'd move the Lobby to the area which is currently the bar).
The rooms are interesting; very much leaning towards the "country house hotel look" decorated with older style furniture, little knick knacks, china plates and so on. It's very much a matter of taste, though, and would definitely appeal to guests looking for an olde worlde English house experience. However, cleaning and general maintenance of the room could be improved; we saw thick dust around the edge of the room for instance. Given that this hotel is mid-priced to expensive, that's not really acceptable. (We also had a large pet woodlouse resident in our bathroom, ha! ha!) Also, because it's not really a medieval building, the walls and ceilings are thin, so can be noisy.
The Spa is nice, efficient rather than "pampering" style. Treatments get booked up fast - probably best to book up beforehand. Small gym which seemed not to be very busy at all, despite local people on gym memberships using all facilities. It is all housed in a modern, attractive barn and it has lovely outlook which is very restful to look out on when relaxing in the swimming pool and jacuzzi.
The restaurant was very elegant, and the staff (mainly French) were absolutely lovely, taking time to talk to guests individually and giving an overall great service. The food was superb; the chef is clearly very talented. Well stocked wine cellar.
The hotel was pretty busy.... this hotel knows pretty much what the majority of its guests want (we noticed many genteel, well-heeled retired couples; and they all seemed very happy). It's in a good location, accessed through a pretty village and then off a little lane further towards the sea. The ancient and very pretty towns of Arundel and Chichester are nearby.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

A lovely setting with very friendly and helpful staff, amazing buildings that looks 500 years old but was actually built about 80 years ago. The restaurant is very good and the spa with indoor and outdoor pool was very impressive.
The general manager Chris was very interested in our stay and our impressions, we had a few very small improvements suggested which he took on board.
I would definitely recommend to my friends and return myself.
The grounds and gardens were kept immaculately

Room Tip: The new modern contemporary rooms are very spacious and well appointed with nice bathrooms. Some of...
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Steyning, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We had been wanting to come to Bailiffscourt Hotel for a long time, and we were not disappointed. We soon felt completely at home! The food was excellent, the staff were attentive without without being intrusive, and we were able to relax in beautiful surroundings.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed here for 1 night and had a fantastic time. My husband-who normally takes 3 days to feel at ease- relaxed as soon as he got here. What a great place. The food/staff everything was excellent. I no longer want a birthday present-just bring me back here please!

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

My wife and I had booked somewhere else nearby that was appalling - my fault apparently - so we chose the Baliffscourt Hotel because it was nearby.

What a stroke of good fortune!

The staff went out of their way to be welcoming - JJ the Front of House manager made us feel that nothing was too much trouble - Toby who gave us the tour was very good and helped us choose a room to suit.

The place is stunning and looks more like a medieval priory than a hotel - lots of nooks and crannies to explore - beautiful grounds, a log fire in our room and a very plush spa. Dinner was delicious and the service provided by Robert and his team was spot on.

The only downside was we could only stay for one day - but we liked it so much we have already booked again to return.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are lovely but we particularly liked the main house.
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Warminster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

This is a very welcoming and atmospheric place to stay, in a great setting just back from the beach. Lunch in the garden with the sun shining is a great experience,as is the superb spa and pool - indoor or out! The management and staff here are what stand out though - nothing too much trouble for anyone and a genuine warmth and welcome.

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

It was great place to stay. Very good food and wine. Excellent staff who very helpful and friendly.
We did not use the Spa but it looked great and was well run.
The grounds are extensive and well kept.
The Hotel is in walking distance of the beach at Climping.
I would definitely go back.

Room Tip: We were given a complimentary upgrade to "Tattersham" an excellent period room.
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Property: Bailiffscourt Hotel
Address: Climping Street, Climping BN17 5RW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Arun District > Climping
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Climping
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bailiffscourt Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 39
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