Haywards Heath is a wonderful place to visit, but even better is to visit while staying in the historic Ockenden Manor, a 16th century dwelling with a long history to tell.
From its early years, the property housed affluent families from the upper classes before a wealthy industrialist acquired the seat in the early 1900s. In the early 1900s it was home to Jewish school boys and in World War Two it housed Canadian troops.
The Elizabethan manor has 28 lavishly decorated rooms, a sumptuous spa and an award-winning restaurant all set in eight acres of sprawling grounds that overlook Cuckfield Park.
Its history, roaring log fires and wood panelled bar will embrace you as soon as you step through the doors.
Each of the rooms and suites are named after a member of one of the two historic families who have owned the property since 1520. Inside each of the rooms and suites you’ll find brightly decorated spaces with touches of historic character and charm.
The restaurant is a unique setting that serves delicious food from breakfast until suppertime, which you can enjoy while taking in the sight of Cuckfield Park.
The Drawing Room and Bar offer guests somewhere elegant and simple to sit and enjoy a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap. Afternoon teas are also served in the hotel, for a classy mid-afternoon nosh.
Of course, the hotel has a stunning spa where guests can chill out and unwind while enjoying some beautiful therapies and treatments.
And once, or if ever, you’re ready to leave the hotel and see what the local area has to offer, Haywards Heath and surrounding Sussex has some of the best countryside and beach walks on offer.
There are plenty of idyllic towns surrounding Haywards Heath, as well as good train links into London and Brighton, should you fancy adventuring in a bustling city or town.