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Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa

West Sussex, England


  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoors
  • Wellness


  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pool
  • Thermal Facilities

To Do

  • Gymnasium
  • Hiking/walks
  • Personal training
  • Pilates
  • Pool – Indoor
  • Pool – Outdoor
  • Yoga

Bursting with history and character Ockenden Manor combines Elizabethan country house splendor with modern luxuries that include an award-winning spa and award-winning cuisine.

Enjoy unspoiled views over Cuckfield Park, while relaxing in the sitting rooms warmed by roaring log fires. Ockenden Manor is a wonderful place to escape to and it’s less than an hour from London.

The Spa

Ockenden Manor Spa

Ockenden Manor Spa provides a pampering paradise; a slice of heaven in the West Sussex countryside. The spa’s design is light, airy and contemporary and the modern architecture blends effortlessly with the 19th-century walls of the surrounding garden. The impressive facilities on offer will keep you busy relaxing all day long.

Highlights include an indoor swimming pool with swim-through to outdoor heated pool, a bubbling outdoor hot tub, walk-through rainforest showers, steam and sauna experiences, and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. The extensive choice of hand-picked treatments will soothe you from head to toe, restore your natural balance and introduce inner calm.

Spa Facilities

  • Indoor swimming pool with swim-through to outdoor heated pool
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Indoor spa bath
  • Walk-through rainforest shower
  • Sauna and steam rooms
  • Relaxation room and spaces
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Yoga, Pilates and exercise studio
  • Isopod Floatation
  • Spa Lounge – serving delectable and healthy snacks, teas and coffee
  • 8 luxurious treatment rooms

Spa Products

  • Elemental Herbology

To Stay

Ockenden Manor has 28 luxurious bedrooms set in nine acres of gardens overlooking Cuckfield Park. Charming staircases lead you to the rooms and suites in the Elizabethan manor house. Beyond the walled garden in the award-winning spa lie 6 stunning spa suites.

From fabulous over-sized contemporary spa suites with roof terraces to charming period suites and elegant, individually styled rooms, there is something to suit all tastes. The rooms are luxuriously decorated with a unique style and an abundance of charm and are named after members of the two families who have owned Ockenden Manor since 1520.

Bedrooms include:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Temple Spa bathroom products
  • Satellite TV
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Fluffy dressing gowns
  • Complimentary tea & coffee tray with home-made biscuits
  • Hairdryer
Check in: 2:30 PM
Check out: 11:00 AM

To Eat

Led by award-winning Head Chef, Stephen Crane, the Restaurant serves some of the finest food in Sussex.

A beautiful space with far-reaching views over Cuckfield Park – you may like to sit by the fire in the elegant drawing room, or when the sun shines, head outside to the terrace.

Facilities and Activities

  • Nine acres of private gardens with terrace and croquet lawn
  • Fine-dining restaurant
  • Award winning spa and treatment rooms
  • Elegant drawing room with open fire
  • Oak-pannelled bar
  • Indoor pool with swim through to outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Nordic walking
  • Yoga, Pilates and fitness classes
  • Wellness Retreats; Spa Days and Breaks

For the Kids

Between the hours of 10am – 11am and 3.30pm – 5pm, children under the age of 16 are very welcome to enjoy the swimming pools whilst supervised by a parent or guardian. Therapies or treatments are available to those aged 16 or over.

Getting There

Ockenden Lane, Cuckfield RH17 5LD, United Kingdom

From north (London Gatwick) follow the M23/A23 south towards Brighton.
Exit A23 on to A272 towards Haywards Heath.
Follow A272 until signposted Cuckfield. Follow road into centre of Cuckfield Village and follow signs to Hotel in Ockenden Lane.


From London Victoria to Haywards Heath takes approximately 45 minutes with a further 10 minute taxi ride to the hotel.

The Elizabethan manor house and state of the art spa are hidden in a pretty Sussex village just a 50 minute train journey from London. Floral arrangements, scented candles and roaring fires, friendly staff and a gorgeous chocolate Lab puppy create a lovely homely atmosphere on arrival.

In contrast to the quaintness of the hotel, the spa building – which also houses six fabulous spa suites – is contemporary in design. The terracotta box-like structure sits against a beautiful backdrop of rolling countryside.

Ockenden Manor Spa

Modern, bright and airy, the spa at Ockenden Manor has a buzzy and welcoming ambience. It’s my third visit to the spa in as many years and I notice immediately standards are still high. The spa has a capped membership scheme so it doesn’t get too busy – even at lunchtime there’s still plenty of space and spa and facilities are clean and well maintained.

The glass encased reception area and spa cafe looks over the indoor-to-outdoor infinity pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and various relaxation areas. I’m pleased to see that the refreshment areas dotted around the spa now not only serve infused waters and herbal teas – including Ockendens’ very own concoction – but also Nespressos!

Facilities in the spa are plentiful and include a wonderfully aromatic steam room – perfect for my looming cold – a roomy sauna, experience showers and a tranquil rain walk. Treatment rooms span the first floor alongside a nail bar, relaxation areas and Isopod rooms. There’s also a spa terrace with a fire pit and hypnotic countryside views.

The Treatment

The Awakening Floatation begins with a 30 minute session in the Isopod – an egg shaped, blue-hued bath, filled with salt water and minerals that allow you to become weightless and float around the pod. You can close the lid of the pod if you want the complete experience – or if you’re slightly claustrophobic, like me, you can leave it open. The Isopod room is candle-lit, and soothing music is played, so either way it’s a very relaxing experience. If you let yourself float in to the zone it’s virtually impossible not to relax.

Flotation experiences are thought to be beneficial both physically and mentally. The pressure of gravity is taken off joints and muscles so it’s good for any injuries or osteo problems – and your body is put in to a high state of physical relaxation to reduce stress and tension. I have to concur – my back felt loser and mentally I felt way less tense.

The treatment continues with a 45 minute ‘Five Element Hot Oil Acupressure Scalp Massage’ which works with chakras (energy channels) to cleanse and clear the mind. The over all ritual is a very spiritual experience and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re feeling stressed or anxious.

The combination of the Isopod and massage gives you a chance to escape the outside world for a couple of hours, be mindful and let go. I actually felt noticeably energised and clear a few hours after the experience.

To Stay

Ockenden Manor is part of the Historic Sussex Hotel group – a family fun business – and all rooms are lovingly named after family members past and present. I stayed in Clara, one of six contemporary Spa Suites that are housed in the spa building.

The spacious suites are stylish, airy and bright with a seating area leading to patio overlooking the countryside and a fabulous open plan bathroom with a freestanding tub and walk in monsoon shower. Suite highlights include a Nespresso machine, a mini bar and plenty of Temple Spa products.

To Eat

As with most of the key team at Ockenden Manor, award winning chef Stephen Crane has been with the hotel and at the helm of the restaurant for more than fifteen years. His creative and celebrated tasting and a la carte menus are both eye and taste pleasing.

There’s also a really great and varied dedicated vegetarian menu – with lots of vegan choices available. I chomped on a moreish white onion soup with truffle croutons, and a delicious herb gnocchi. The desert menu was totally tempting but i’d been greedy with homemade bread to start and my tummy was full to the brim.

You can also take lunch in the spa cafe where healthy salads and juices are served up.