One thing we’re always asked, is where do we get away for a weekend retreat when we’ve had enough of the big city life and in Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, we think we’ve found the perfect answer. Nestled away on the West Sussex coast, it’s just a short train journey from Victoria station followed by a 5 minute cab, before stepping back in time to the Medieval styled manor house, built in 1927.
On arrival you are met by beautiful sprawling grounds that played host to old outhouses that have been lovingly renovated into grand bedrooms and suites, intimate lounges and sitting rooms, all decorated with antiques, tapestries and beautiful fresh flowers.
Guests are greeted at reception, relieved of their luggage and invited to tour the grounds whilst the rooms are prepared. Choose between the delightful gardens and rose-clad courtyard or sink into a comfortable sofa or armchair, warmed by a crackling log fire. However, if like us, you love a little pampering on your weekends away, you should visit the luxurious spa to book your treatments for your stay. We can definitely recommend the Drift Away full body massage for a blissful hour of pure relaxation, we could have stayed there all day!
When we made it to our room, our jaws dropped to the floor. We were staying in the Baylies Suite, Bailiffscourt’s spacious signature room with vaulted ceiling, a four poster bed, wood burning stove and a large bathroom offering a walk-in shower and matching classic roll-top baths for the perfect duo dip! What’s more, champagne on ice to help start the celebrations before dinner, it doesn’t get much better than that!
If all the pampering and stunning grounds weren’t enough, the food offering at Bailiffscourt will definitely have you coming back for more. We booked a table for 8pm in the intimately lit restaurant and joined the rest of the patrons, who were glowing from their day of indulgence at the spa.
Dishes of beautiful Salmon Raviolo with Lobster Jus and Herb Crusted Lamb with Aubergine Caviar were sublime, rich and severely addictive, with both of us fighting the urges to lick the plates clean. Presentation matched the high calibre of flavour and it was obvious that there was immense amount of preparation and care taken into the crafting of such dishes. To compliment the dishes, our sommelier was on fine form, producing glasses of fine wines to match every course and a rather potent Hungarian pudding wine to see us retreating to our four poster bed with a rye smile and the odd hiccup echoing of the flagstone floors and narrow corridor walls.
En route to our room we made a selection from the house DVD selection and summoned the TV to rise out of its hiding spot from within an antique trunk at the end of the bed…only to fall into a deep food coma before the witnessing the end of the title sequence.
Now that’s our kind of weekend retreat!
Fancy following our lead? Simply head to Bailiffscourt’s website here and told them We The Food Snobs sent you!
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