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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in South East England

South East England has something to offer all ages whether it's for a short break or a longer stay. The stunning scenery, historical sites and beautiful sea bordered countryside make this an ideal setting for exploring by foot or car. For the shopping addicts, there are plentiful shopping centres, boutiques and designer outlets. Places to Visit in South East England Natural Light and Brooklands Museum are listed below.
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Just a short distance from the centre of Guildford, Natural Light offers a luxurious setting for pampering treatments and relaxation. This sanctuary is a delight for mind and body, appealing to all the senses.
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BROOKLANDS - the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 - was more than a great sporting arena. Brooklands w
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The Plough Inn at Stalisfield is a beautiful country pub with rooms in a village high up on the Kent Downs between Faversham, Canterbury and Ashford.
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Loved by locals and tourists alike, Arundel Castle holds a special place in the heart of England (it's been a visitor attraction for 200 years) and it's all the more special since it is still lived in to this day. The site's history dates back almost 1,000 years when a motte was built in 1068 and the subsequent buildings that have been added to the site have been home to the Dukes of Norfolk and their descendants for 850 years. As you might expect, the place is groaning with priceless antique...
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Looming up from the glorious moat and surrounded by 500 lush green acres of land, Leeds Castle near Maidstone lays claim to being one of the most stunning castles in the world. The Castle, which was originally a Norman stronghold, has also been the property of six of England's medieval queens and was used as a palace by Henry VIII. Open all year round, Leeds Castle is packed with activities themed around its near 900-year history, from falconry displays to historic tours of the many rooms in ...
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Discover the Life and Times of Winston Churchill at Chartwell The family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill, Chartwell in Westerham, Kent, is not only a must-visit for history buffs and architecture fans but also those who love tranquil, well-thought-out gardens. Once you have explored the picture, books and mementos dotted around his home, step outside and discover the hillside gardens that inspired Britain's wartime leader from 1924 until the end of his life. Sir Winston adored...
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The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is situated on the old RAF Tangmere airfield. During WW2 it served as one of Britain´s front line fighter bases and after the war was home to the World Speed Record breaking aircraft of the High Speed Flight. The museum now contains many fascinating exhibits including priceless historic aircraft, equipment used by SOE agents and flight simulators where you can try your hand at flying. There is something for all the family to see and do, with ample free pa...
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Discover the Fascinating Polesden Lacey Polesden Lacey, originally a Regency house, was extensively remodelled in 1906-09 by the Hon Mrs Ronald Greville, a well-known Edwardian hostess. Her collection of fine British portraits by Lawrence, Reynolds and Raeburn is in the dining room. The other collections of paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver are displayed in the reception rooms and galleries, as they were at the time of her celebrated house parties. There are extensive grounds, ...
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This self-guided murder mystery investigation takes you on a real-life adventure through the heart of Brighton. Hunt high and low, past grand Georgian buildings
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Experience The Tudor Monarchy at Hampton Court Palace There is no better way to explore the life of one of England' s most notorious monarchs, King Henry VIII, than by visiting his wonderfully exuberant home Hampton Court in south west London. Bought from Cardinal Wolsey in the 1520s, the palace is stuffed with priceless tapestries and portraits, grand coats of arms and amazing furniture. There is far too much to do here to achieve in one day but try not to miss Henry's Great Hall wh...
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Set by the riverside with its low hanging trees and picturesque period buildings lining the boating route, Runnymede on Thames Spa is as salubrious as they come. Up your sensory experience with a full on pamper day where you get to test drive all the slick facilities. Bring your girlfriends and swan around in the pool (there's an outdoor one for sunny days) and explore and rest your head down in a series of thermal rooms, from sauna to eucalyptus steam room. Breathe new life into dull complex...
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The white weather board exterior gives the impression of a quaint country pub but the interior reveals something far more sophisticated. The panelled walls are painted in a classy blue-grey and the contemporary chairs are upholstered in brightly striped or in complimentary plain fabrics. The focus of the food is firmly in the modern British camp with an emphasis on good local produce. The menu changes constantly with the season.
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Explore the beautiful parklands of Petworth Petworth House is a 705 acre parkland that has evolved from just a small garden containing fruit and vegetables in the 16th century. Enclosed by a 5 mile long stone wall, throughout the centuries well know designers such as George London and Capability Brown were commissioned to plant and construct the garden as we find it today. With glorious Autumn and Spring colours of daffodils and bluebells, fine shrubs and trees in particular the Japan...
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Golf At Goodwood is a brand new vision for the sport - a completely different way of enjoying golf membership. As a member you will have access to The Downs Course, already rated in Golf World's Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland, and The Park Course, which together will give you 36 holes of magnificent golf. James Braid, designed the Downs Course in 1914 using his trademark doglegs and cross-bunkering combined with nature's dramatic changes in levels making the course as compelling...
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Explore the stunning grounds at Polesden Lacey Polesden Lacey has a 30 acre garden spanning several centuries, with a long terrace walk offering fine views across the valley. The Edwardian walled garden is formally planted including yew hedges. The walled rose garden is divided into four squares sectioned by paths, sumptuous rambler roses smother the pergola and the eye-catching water tower is covered with an ancient Chinese wisteria. Paeonies, bearded irises and lavender beds lead to ...
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Discover the fascinating past of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle, a romantic 13th-century moated castle, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII´s second wife - inside there are prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. In 1903 the estate was bought by American William Waldorf Astor, who spent large amounts of money, and time restoring the castle. Collections of Tudor portraits, furniture, tapestries and other fine works of art are in displ...
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The Hungry Guest is a family-friendly cafe restaurant open every day. They serve breakfast & lunch, an all-day Sunday brunch menu & dinner from Wednesday to Saturday evenings.
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High Beeches Garden is a woodland garden of many glades which has been sensitively planted with many beautiful rare trees and shrubs to enhance the natural High Weald landscape. The ancient wildflower meadow is one of the best in the country, attracting vast numbers of butterflies and pollinators. The autumn colour is spectacular.
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Discover 11 acres of beautiful vistas - the culmination of a lifetime of passion for gardening. Special Events; Tulip Festival; Café with Terrace; Sculpture.
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Henry VIII and his wives have fascinated the British for generations so it's little wonder that Anne of Cleves' House, tucked away in rural Sussex, is such a popular visitor attraction. Anne was given the house in 1541 as part of her divorce settlement from the king and this timber-framed Wealdon hall-house now has a large collection of interesting local artefacts. The house's interior (which by the way wouldn't look out of place today on a chic boutique hotel website), with its timber beams ...
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With quite a number of accolades and awards under its belt, The Mirabelle is one of Eastbourne's best restaurants and the AA Rosette in Eastbourne!
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That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her - quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling described Bateman's when he first saw it. Surrounded by the Sussex Weald, this Jacobean house provided a much-needed sanctuary for this world-famous writer. The rooms remain much as he left them, including the study where he wrote many of his major works.
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A modern cafe/restaurant designed by award-winning architect, Thomas Heatherwick. East Beach serves favourite seaside classics in a relaxed and welcoming environment, all year round.
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Explore the beautiful Gardens at Sissinghurst Castle Sissinghurst Castle Garden was developed around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion. With a central red-brick prospect tower - a series of small enclosed compartments, intimate in scale and romantic in atmosphere. Including the renowned and frequently imitated White Garden, hot-coloured cottage garden and lime walk providing outstanding design and colour through the season. The creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husban...
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Step back in time at Michelham Priory. Most famous for the fact that it is the home of England's longest water-filled moat dating back to 1229, Michelham Priory in Hailsham was founded by Augustinian canons and has experienced a rocky history by way of the dissolution of the monasteries. These days, it's a lot calmer and makes for a lovely peaceful day out in the Sussex countryside. Inside the house you'll discover the history of this beautiful Tudor manor from medieval times up until its WW...
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This 16th century Kent coaching inn has been given a sympathetic contemporary make over, which contrasts original features such as oak beams and open fires with tasteful floral wall coverings and banquette seating. An equal amount of care and attention has been lavished on the daily changing menu that showcases simply prepared local free range, organic and sustainable ingredients. Even the beer comes from the Westerham brewery, less than fives miles away. Start with Ham Hock and parsley terr...
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Retreat to the tranquil gardens at Nymans Nymans beautiful extensive gardens developed throughout the 20th century by the Messel family, reflect the character of the founder and creativity of the plant hunters who explored worldwide. Indulge the senses with a spring visit to enjoy the blossom and carpets of delicate flowers, then return for the summer borders - a riot of colours and scents. The walled garden contains yellow and blue herbaceous borders, a huge wisteria pergola, a colle...
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Overworked and stressed? Feel all your cares melt away as you step into the tranquil spa at the Ashford International Hotel. It's simple, modern and purpose built for a spot of pampering Get some shut eye in the relaxation room and recline on the comfy loungers, sweat it out in the sauna and steam room and refresh your senses in the pool, Jacuzzi and experience showers. Head over to the treatment area and indulge in a host of top-to-toe moisturising and energising therapies. Try notable beaut...
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Discover the National Trusts biggest project, The restoration of Clandon Park Clandon Park was built by the Venetian architect Leoni in the 1730s and was considered to have one of the finest Marble Halls in Europe. Sadly, in April 2015, Clandon was nearly destroyed by a fire which caused significant damage to this beautiful building. As a aresult the national trust have made it their mission to rebuild thhis much loved house to its former glory. The house is still open to the public ...
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Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is considered to be 'The Finest Woodland Gardens in England'. First planted in 1801, the Grade I Listed gardens on the 240-acre Estate, featuring outstanding scenery and wildlife throughout the year. The gardens are particularly majestic as they bloom in spring, or take on the colours of autumn.
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Explore the stunning House and surrounding countryside at Hatchlands Park Hatchlands is set in a beautiful 430 acre Repton Park, open everyday offering a variety of way-marked walks. The house was built for the naval hero Admiral Boscawen in 1756 and has some of the earliest surviving interiors by Robert Adam, which are decorated in a nautical style. Inside is the Cobbe collection of paintings and portraits, which includes works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Zoffany. Also the world´s l...
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For classic British dining with a modern edge, Woodland's restaurants offer the perfect setting for a tasty and relaxing meal in Cobham, Surrey.
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Discover a world of colour inside The Royal Pavilion Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this iconic Brighton Building mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Wander the halls with an audio tour (there are two types, for adults and children) and lose yourself in the luxurious, indulgent world of the Prince of Wales who, by the way, is said to have underground passages from the Pavilion to the homes of his lovers. When you've done the tour, l...
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Visit Arundel Museum to find out more about the fascinating story of the town, the river, the countryside and its people. In this family-friendly museum, there are children's activities and trails to enjoy.
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Bateman's is the charming and fascinating family home of Rudyard Kipling. Nestled in the spectacular Sussex Weald, the house was a haven of peace for the writer and his family. Rooms have been left much as they were when Kipling lived there, and the stunning English gardens surrounding the house are a joy to explore.
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Scotney offers a 14th century castle, complete with a moat, along with a charming country house and a romantic garden, all surrounded by a stunning woodland estate. Visitors can relax in the gorgeous gardens, with the fairytale castle behind, or stroll out in the 770 acres of parkland and woodland.
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Sitting in 50 acres of gardens and parkland, Great Fosters was designed by Gilbert jenkins and W H Romaine Walker. One of the very best Arts and Crafts gardens in Europe, Great Fosters has undergone recent restoration works by Kim Wilkie.
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The Priest House Gardens, in the grounds of Priest House, is a formal herb garden with over 150 culinary, medicinal and household herbs. Visit the Priest House for a wonderful collection of historical curiosities, showcasing farm heritage and fascinating historical household items.
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The Latymer is our fine dining restaurant, offering bold flavours in dishes using locally sourced ingredients inspired by the seasons. Awarded a Michelin Star and 4 AA Rosettes in 2017, Chef Matt Worswick has created exquisite tasting menus for both lunch and dinner service. The Latymer is situated in one of the oldest parts of the original house at Pennyhill Park. It has an intimate and luxurious feel with wooden panelling, a beamed ceiling and rich plush fabrics throughout.
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Explore the wonderful gardens of Clandon Park Explore the National Trusts effotts to save this beautiful property after the fire of 2015. Thankfully the garden remains unscathed by the fire offering you the chance to ramble up and down this lush hillside space (enjoy the view down to the shimmering lake) featuring a sunken Dutch garden full to the brim with brightly coloured flowers, small parterre garden, herbaceous border, grotto, and century-old Maori meeting house – the jewel in C...
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Explore the gardens of Michelham Priory A turn around the gardens at Michelham Priory is a further education in the history of this beautiful site, such is the care that has been taken to ensure many plantings are authentic and true to a medieval garden. Expect plenty of fruit, vegetables and herbs as these would have been essential daily ingredients for the priory's original inhabitants. The rows of apple and pear trees underplanted with wild daffodils make a dreamy, contemplative sigh...
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The New Street Bar and Grill is a modern and relaxing restaurant in the heart of the South Downs. Refurbished and opened in May 2018 the menu focuses on fresh, good quality ingredients cooked to a high standard. Signature dishes from the grill include Brixham Lemon Sole, lobster, Goodwood organic beef and Sussex lamb. A series of classic dishes and starters compliment the mains and original desserts such as Baked Alaska have already proved very popular. As well as the restaurant the ...
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The Royal Oak is a true dining destination. Proud holders of 2 AA Rosettes, the menus change with the seasons and reflect the love of contemporary British food. The Royal Oak Inn is passionate about produce and sourced locally and from the countryside surroundings wherever possible, if you'd ever like to know the origin of one of the ingredients simply ask a member of the friendly team. The love of local extends to our bar, where you'll find a choice of local ales as well as an extensive win...
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Original oak beams and an inglenook fireplace big enough to boil a big bad wolf make the dining room of this 15th-century coaching inn (one of the oldest in Britain) impossibly romantic. Perfect for weekends away with a loved one.
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Discover the gardens of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn The spectacular Edwardian gardens at Hever Castle were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Son. One of the most magnificent areas of the gardens is the Italian Garden, which was designed to display William Waldorf Astor´s collection of Italian sculpture. The garden is only now reaching its full maturity and includes the colourful walled Rose Garden which contains over 3000 roses. There are many water fea...
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Located on a small farm estate in the heart of the Kent countryside, Green Farm is surrounded by beautiful meadows and ancient woodland.
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The spa at Nutfield Priory is a haven for taking some time out for relaxation and wellbeing. Choose from a range of ELEMIS treatments.
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West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest gardens open to the public in England. Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting, the gardens in
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Visit the Dining Room at Brandshatch Place in Kent for traditional and classic dishes served with a modern twist using local and seasonal ingredients.
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This 'Medieval' manor house is in fact less than 100 years old. You can ponder this architectural achievement, and the menu of course, over a pre-dinner glass of champagne in the Hotel's beautiful rose garden. Then take your seat in the romantic stone walled, oak paneled dining room for some seriously good modern European cooking. Start with roasted quail with cep mushroom and Parmesan risotto with sage butter then follow with roasted seabass with fondant potato, black olive tapenade, roasted...
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The Clock House is privately owned by Serina Drake, who - together with the team and chef Fred Clapperton - has been instrumental in putting this lovely restaurant firmly into the fast track of the Surrey foodie scene. It has received wide critical acclaim and it won a Michelin star last autumn. The AA awarded it three AA Rosettes.
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The smart, chandeliered restaurant with its pristine napery opens out onto the terrace of this magnificent lodge with its beautifully maintained gardens. Head chef Richard Mann works with the hotel's local food heroes to produce a seasonal and distinctive dining menu served where possible from the well-stocked kitchen garden. Modern English dishes range from starters of beetroot and orange soup with coriander cress or smoked trout with new potato salad to main courses of pan fried seam bream...
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Diggerland Kent is one of four Diggerland locations in the UK, and it offers the same incredible day out as the other Diggerland venues - real diggers and dumpers to drive and operate, as well as top-class, thrilling rides and activities, along with dodgems, go-carts and much more.
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Experience Stunning Gardens at Hampton Court Palace Purchase a ticket for the Formal Gardens only at Hampton Court and you've still a full day's activity on your hands. There are more than 60 acres of formal garden to explore here in south west London, with glorious fountains, stunning flower displays (over 200,000 flowering bulbs) and pretty spots to sit and take stock plus 750 acres of rolling royal parkland (look out for deer) which attracts all manner of birdlife. Of course, the wo...
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Explore one of the best museums in Brighton Overlooking the pretty Dyke Road park in Brighton, the Booth Museum of Natural History provides an educational visit about birds, butterflies, fossils, bones and skeletons. The museum is home to more than half a million specimens and there is natural history literature and data which goes back more than three centuries. Think you know your birds? Go and test yourself - there are hundreds of British birds displayed in their recreated natur...
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Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway runs for 13 ½ miles from the picturesque Cinque Port town of Hythe, through the family-friendly seaside village to Dymchurch
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Built in the 15th century, The Priest House has been open as a museum since 1908. Its furnished rooms contain a fascinating array of 17th and 18th century domestic furniture, needlework and household items. Outside a formal herb garden contains over 150 culinary, medicinal and household herbs.
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Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage listed garden set in 200 acres of parkland with magnificent views in the High Weald. Created by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke from seeds gathered by the great plant hunters of the early 1900's, it is renowned for its rare shrubs and trees.
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Many restaurants these days have a chefs table where you can watch all the action of a professional kitchen. At South Lodge Hotel, we've gone one better and put all the restaurant tables in the kitchen so no one has to miss out on any of the fun. The contemporary design features sumptuous leather stools, banquette seating and wall mounted monitors relaying action from the part of the kitchen you can't see from your seat. The food is as cutting edge as the concept, with between four and twelve...
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Discover the fascinating past of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle, a romantic 13th century moated castle, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII´s second wife - inside there are prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. In 1903 the estate was bought by American William Waldorf Astor, having changed hands many times, who spent large amounts of money, and time restoring the castle. Collections of Tudor portraits, furniture, tapestries and othe...
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Discover the beautiful Standen House and Gardens Standen is a family house built in the 1890s, a showpiece of the Arts & Crafts Movement designed by Philip Webb and decorated throughout with original William Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers. On display are contemporary paintings, tapestries, furniture and many of the original light fittings in a 1920's style. The terraced garden has fine views over the Sussex countryside.
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There are two gardens at Parham - the 18th century Pleasure Grounds, 7 acres of rolling lawns leading gently down to the brick and turf maze and lake, specimen
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A 300-year-old country pub with rooms set within the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. At The Welldiggers Arms you can savour exquisite cuisine in the airy dining room and sip a pint of local ale in the cosy bar. Watch the chefs hard at work in the open kitchen while you dine on a menu of seasonal British classics, or admire the view afforded by the large picture windows overlooking a beautiful coppice and the South Downs. Much of the produce used is sourced from their bount...
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With its latticed windows, wonky ceilings and oak-beams, the Old House Inn is a 16th century converted farm worker's cottage has been recently renovated and is now home to a country dining inn with rooms. A series of inviting interlinking rooms are decked out in warm rustic fabrics, banquette seating and chunky leather armchairs with a roaring log fire to complete the homely picture. The Head Chef uses locally sourced ingredients and creates exceptional creative dishes alongside a select...
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The 9-hole Kingfisher golf course at Mannings Heath is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque par 36 course, measuring 3314 yards (3030 meters) offers breathtaking, panoramic views across the South Downs of Sussex.
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The Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel is an award-winning spa nestled in the heart of West Sussex. The Utopia Spa opened in 2008 and upholds a five luxury bubble award from the Good Spa Guide. The spa is renowned for its Grecian-inspired interiors, variety of facilities & customer care.
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Surrounded by stunning Kent countryside and enjoying views across the North Downs, Westerham Golf Club offers a test of accuracy to even the most experienced golfer. Opened in 1997 and built to USGA specifications, Westerham has secured its place amongst the best of Kent golf courses and is a popular choice for all golfers.
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Ashdown Park Spa, located in a gorgeous English country house hotel, has a wide range of Health and Beauty treatments available. All the treatments are individually tailored to your needs. Prescription facials, aromatherapy massages, body and heat treatments, solarium, manicures, pedicures and make-overs are all on the menu and the professional therapists are always on hand to help and advise on the treatments best suited to you.
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The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden has been exhibiting contemporary sculpture for over 35 years within a stunning and unique environment. Art and nature work in harmony - neither one outshining the other through the annual exhibition. Follow the trail through 10 acres of woodland, lawn and lush planting to discover the ever changing collection on display.
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Experience Tudor Royalty at Hampton Court Palace A wonderful, educational fun day out. Hampton Court Palace hosts England's greatest example of a medieval hall and was host to Shakespeare's company in 1603/4. While the stunning Chapel Royal, which has been used continuously for 450 years, is a masterpiece in religious architecture of the time. There are also masses of activities designed to bring the Tudor world to life. Puzzle through the famous maze, take part in Tudor celebrations, f...
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The Dining Room is a two AA Rosette restaurant situated in the heart of Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex serving modern British favourites.