Leonardslee House

Location West Sussex

Postcode RH136PP

Telephone 0871 8733 363

£££

Why we love it...

Unique and imaginative

The Place

At first sight, this 2020 opening appears to be an off piste selection: a luxurious, upmarket conventional country house hotel in a West Sussex mansion. But as soon as you enter the courtyard from the car park you realise that it’s something different: a meeting of hotel, outstanding garden and a sculpture park. The whole is much more than the sum of its parts, worth a detour – a unique experience.

The woodland gardens flow down a steep slope to a valley floor with a chain of 7 lakes.  Common and rare trees and shrubs work their calming effect as you stroll the twisting paths downhill. Give yourself time to stop and absorb the diverse and imaginative sculptures, which are sometimes in keeping, sometimes in contrast with nature. The work of South African Anton Smit dominates. His work has a reputation for earthy power: figures are frozen yet seem to be in motion, reaching out to the onlooker, calling for movement.

Inside the front door is a tiled atrium-hall where a self-playing piano tinkles easy listening – the keys responding to unseen fingers. The style and furnishings of the ground floor is more hotel than private house. The downstairs restaurant, awarded its first Michelin Star in 2019, offers a seasonal menu using ingredients foraged directly from the gardens or sourced from local Sussex producers. The ten bedrooms upstairs are smart and individually designed, starting at £350 – in keeping with current prices – and building.

If you’re young and in search of a relaxed low-key vibe, perhaps not for you, but for culturally engaged folk, not on a budget, this will be memorable.

The Essentials

Price Band £££
Rooms 10 bespoke bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms
Food Restaurant open from 18:00 Thursday - Sunday, afternoon tea served at 13:00 or 15:00 Thursday - Sunday, breakfast available for overnight stays Thursday - Sunday
Facilities On-site restaurant, afternoon tea, wine tasting, garden views, in-room TV and coffee machine
Children Accepted
Accessibility No lift in building so bedrooms not accessible by wheelchair, restaurant is on the ground floor
Pets Not accepted, guide dogs only

To Book

Contact
Call 0871 8733 363
Email stay@leonardsleegardens.co.uk
Website www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk/leonardslee-house

Good To Know

Address Leonardslee House, Crabtree, Horsham RH136PP
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The Location

Find this place: West Sussex

What's nearby: Doll's House Museum, Mannings Heath Wine Estate, The Vineyard Kitchen

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