Forest Mansion

Located in the middle of an ancient forest in the south of England, this is a quintessentially English country house hotel with deer roaming through its tranquil grounds. Nearly 200 acres of formal gardens and beautiful parkland give it a grand and traditional setting. The neo-gothic Victorian house was built in the 19th Century and has had several different transformations before becoming a luxury hotel, fortunately with no unsightly extensions or modern annexes.

For exclusive use the property is impressive, with over 100 bedrooms, each one with its own individual style and décor, making the most of any period pieces, such as stained glass windows and ornate fireplaces.

The event space is extraordinary, from elegant and fully equipped boardrooms to dramatic and exquisite banqueting suites with period details such as latticed windows, beamed and vaulted ceilings and carved window frames, as well as all the modern touches.

The setting of this wonderful property is sublime.  The front lawns roll down towards a lake and the view is framed by trees and shrubs, offering a very peaceful and serene backdrop to any event.  Brides will love the photo opportunities outside and should the sun be shining there’s nowhere better for drinks on the lawn or a picnic or BBQ by the lake.  There’s even a country garden summer house should the clouds roll in.

The mansion house is a pleasure to explore during the day and most guests find plenty to do whether that is relaxing with a book in one of the drawing rooms or chatting over tea and cakes in a lounge. For those who want more action the Country Club is a short walk from the main house and is home to the spa, pool and gym.

For those looking for an incentive weekend location this property fits the bill, with vast activity space as well as a stunning 18 hole, Par 3 golf course. It’s a short drive from Gatwick Airport and 10 minutes from a train station with direct links to London. There’s also a helipad for those who want to arrive in style.

If you are seeking a large traditional country house, with history, character and luxury facilities, as well as activities right on the doorstep, this is a great choice for exclusive use.  It has also been awarded an Excellent Value for Money award so you needn’t blow the budget either.

We like:

  • a picnic on the lawn overlooking the lake
  • the dramatic Gothic Victorian feel
  • being in the heart of the forest