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Bailiffscourt Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Climping
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 July 2014

The issue was the service. Everyone was very nice, super polite, and really exuded an air of general goodness but food service was patchy. We had to wait over an hour for 3 sandwiches, a salad and 2 kids meals, and the order was wrong in any case! Dinner service was slow, perhaps because our party (4 adults, 2 children and 2 babies) were put in the conservatory, away from the main guests. Not that bad as it meant the kids could play.

Food wasn't bad, but not great. Soufflé was eggy and runny. Don't order the waffles for breakfast (£2.50 supplement) as it is so incredibly sweet, with hard nuggets of even more sugar.

We were in Greenways, a nice room, large enough for a sofabed for the girls and cot for the baby but it was up a tiny flight of stairs. Our bed was a bit saggy though, giving us sore backs after 2 nights. My sister, husband and baby were given the hottest room above the conservatory. They had to move rooms as even the fan was just moving hot air around.

Overall, a lovely stay but check your room fits your requirements and remember you may need to ask more than once for food!

Would probably return.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Like many others who have reviewed Bailiffscourt, we found the hotel to be very special. The setting is so tranquil, just sitting in the garden with a glass of wine admiring the gorgeous view is enough to soothe ones’ spirit. We too found the staff to be quite delightful.....the restaurant was extremely busy for Sunday lunch and consequently the staff were more than a little stretched, but they were charming and rose to the challenge that this glorious sunny day presented.
However, there were a couple of blots on what was very nearly an outstanding stay....we stayed in one of the traditional rooms and whilst the room was spacious and the bathroom enormous it was evident that the fireplace had been recently used as the room smelt so strongly of burnt smoke and unfortunately both my husband and I found the bed terribly uncomfortable. I planned to speak with the reception on checkout to enquire whether the contemporary rooms had different beds, as we fully intended to make a reservation to stay again later this summer if they do. However, we then encountered a problem at the pool which, sadly, made us reconsider.
The hotel operates a very restrictive policy regarding swimming hours for children; 10:00 to 11:00 and 3:30 to 5:00. Our daughter, like many young people, loves to swim....it’s one of the most special things for her about staying away. I understand that balancing the needs of adults and children can be a tricky business for a hotel of this nature, but if you welcome families I truly feel this level of restriction needs to be reconsidered.
Our daughter enjoyed her swim in the beautiful outdoor pool that is heated to a wonderful temperature, she vacated the pool without fuss at 5 p.m. and came and quietly sat with us on a sun lounger drying off.
We were perturbed when a few minutes later a member of staff came over and informed us that our daughter was not allowed to sit on the sun loungers and must vacate the pool area. This, to us, was a step too far....if children are boisterously playing disturbing other guests that is one thing, but not permitted to quietly sit with her parents on a sun lounger? This really did mar our experience, which is a real shame.
We also consider that a check-in time of 3:00 p.m. and check-out of 11:00 a.m. is just, again, pushing things too far as a policy....this was far from a cheap night’s stay, we certainly didn’t want to be rushing. This said, when we called to request a late checkout, the staff were very accommodating and confirmed we could stay in the room until 12:30 and the staff were aware that we needed to leave for a wedding at 3:00 p.m. on the day of check-in so proactively arranged an early check-in for us.....lovely service but why irritate your clients with seemingly unreasonable times in the first place?

Room Tip: We found our bed in a traditional room uncomfortable.....maybe the contemporary rooms are better?
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Arriving at this beautiful hotel can be a little disconcerting. First you are greeted by a Frenchman in a kilt who seems to have wandered off the set of Four Weddings. Then you see a sign warning you of the hazard of peacocks roosting in the trees. Most disturbingly, there's the sight of the other guests padding across the lawns in their white bathrobes and sun glasses. You begin to wonder if you have blundered into an asylum for the affluent and slightly overweight. But after a while it begins to make sense. There's tea and crumbly scones in the medieval courtyard; a gentle stroll thought the fields to an unspoilt beach; and a glass of Sussex sparkling wine in a perfectly manicured rose garden. It turns out the Frenchman has ten of those kilts. All is well. It is a lovely place.

Room Tip: Avoid Outwardes which is troubled by the noise of the kitchen extractor
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Booked a last minute weekend break. Chose Climping as had many happy memories and wanted to go to the beach. This hotel is a real treat - 5 mins to the beach via private path. Everything from the reception staff to the restaurant team and management were friendly and keen to help - we asked for packed lunch - no problem. Food was excellent - had both breakfast and dinners. The gardens are beautiful and well maintained. Indoor and outdoor pools and spa facilities are a very high standard.Definitely recommend this for a relaxing break. Look out for the resident peacocks and friendly kilt-wearing French manager.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

The hotel building is magical, decor beautiful, the staff can't do enough to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Charm personified. Our room with twin four poster beds was just gorgeous, complete with homemade biscuits on arrival. The food at dinner and breakfast was very interesting and delicious. The spa pools and hot tubs are housed in a lovely building a short stroll from the hotel itself. One can have food and drinks served there. This place is let down by the treatments. I have been to many 5 star spas and this is the only one where I have had a poor massage. As it is all very expensive this is unacceptable. The masseuse grabbed the tip I offered purely out of politeness, without even a thank-you! Spa, get your act together and don't drag down this wonderful place.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

Another great stay at Bailiffscourt, this time with my mum to celebrate her 70th birthday.
I'd ordered flowers for the room but the complimentary wine was a welcome surprise!
Our twin room was Greenway, a decent size with great bathroom, oak features, close to the main building.
We enjoyed drinks at the spa, whilst partaking of the facilities in the glorious June sun.
Dinner later on was a treat- compliments to the chef, everything was perfect, asparagus in season, lobster tortellini, superbly cooked lamb and a lovely pineapple dessert.
As ever the staff are a delight and I will be back- this place is a gem

Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

What a great place. Accommodation excellent, dog and child friendly. Food wonderful, Spa and pools exceptionally clean and how nice to swim in a heated outdoor pool. Most of the guests we spoke with had stayed before, the staff were very friendly and clearly happy in their work. We will visit again soon.

Room Tip: All the rooms are different, we stayed in the modern block, but other guests seemed just as happy in...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Tina C
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Address: Climping Street, Climping BN17 5RW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Arun District > Climping
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Climping
Price Range: £233 - £362 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bailiffscourt Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 39
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