A boutique five-star luxury hotel and spa with a fusion of old-fashioned comfort with modern design.

Set within 120 acres of beautiful countryside, Alexander House is a luxury hotel situated on the borders of Sussex and Surrey in South England. The original manor house dates back 300 years and elements of the family home still remain, stylishly balanced with modern vistas, developments and design.

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Accommodation

The rooms and suites available provide options to suit all tastes. The manor house is home to traditional rooms of understated elegance and British charm. For those wanting something a little more chic and glamorous, there are nineteen modern suites available in the new cedar lodge development. Some rooms and suites have also been designed to accommodate dogs.

A privately serviced, two-bedroom Gatehouse is also available for guests wanting ultimate privacy.

After checking in, our concierge gave us a quick tour of the main house and its facilities before he walked us over to the Cedar Lodge where we were staying. He was warm and friendly, answering all questions and making sure we knew that we could call on him at any time if there was anything that would make our stay more comfortable.

Walking through the main house we were shown the entrance to Utopia Spa, lounge areas and conference facilities, two on-site restaurants, cocktail bar, and shown the manor house’s original front entrance which now leads guests through to the garden and terrace area, complete with garden games including croquet and giant chess.

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In the Cedar lodge, we noticed an immediate change in atmosphere. It was light and bright, with modern art and sculptures on display.

The suites are very spacious, and ours had a funky fuchsia theme. The furniture, design and facilities are all very chic, with various settings of “mood lighting” to enhance the experience. The bed was large and comfortable, and there was a separate lounge and dining area within the room, which led out to a garden patio with table and chairs.

A plate of fruit had been left on the main table inside, and the room operated a complimentary policy, where all food and drinks displayed in the room were at the compliments of the hotel. The fridge was filled with water, and organic juices and hot drinks including herbal teas, coffee and hot chocolate were offered along with jars of personalised rock candy, home-made cookies, marshmallows and pretzels.

The bathroom was no less impressive, with its own mood lighting system; One of the settings bathed the stand-alone tub in a subtle, romantic light while leaving the rest of the room in darkness.

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There were two vanities, one either side of the tub, and a large shower with rainforest head.

On top of the typical amenities, small touches included hair and body care free from parabens and sulphates, along with lip balm and mouthwash.

Utopia Spa

One of Alexander House’s pride and joys is its award-winning Utopia spa. The Grecian themed spa is located in the main house, and offers an extensive range of treatments and facilities for guests over the age of 18.

There is a collection of relaxation lounges, specially designed as a quiet space for meditation and reflection, and downstairs guests can enjoy an exercise pool, hydrotherapy pool and bubble tubs all bathed in a blue light and surrounded by Grecian-themed columns and stone.

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The changing rooms have saunas, steam rooms and monsoon showers and the spa also has a private zen garden complete with outdoor hot tub and wooden barrel sauna. It was too easy to laze away a couple of hours in the spa on the afternoon we arrived, and we particularly enjoyed the outdoor hot tub and exercise pool.

On top of the bathing facilities, there are 25 treatment rooms, and a professional hair salon, nail bar and pedicure station. We booked a treatment each which we enjoyed the following morning.

I enjoyed “Total Harmony”; Utopia Spa’s signature treatment which involved a whole body scrub, aromatherapy, hot stone massage and complete facial treatment. Not having experienced a hot stone massage before, the therapist was professional and warm, explaining everything thoroughly, ensuring comfort the whole time, and provided a wonderfully relaxing experience which was a great start to the day.

For something a little more active, there is also a gym, outdoor tennis courts, putting green, and yoga classes also available for guests.

Dining

There are two dining options available at Alexander house. Reflections restaurant offers a casual dining experience, and AG’s restaurant which offers a three AA rosette, fine-dining experience.

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Booked into AG’s restaurant for dinner, we made our way to the 1608 champagne bar to enjoy a drink before we ate. The bar offers a range of champagne, along with a list of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits. We were also told that if we fancied a cocktail which wasn’t on the menu, just to let the bar staff know and they’d be happy to create it for us.

Happy with cocktails from the menu, we settled into a corner couch and were brought over some bar snacks. About fifteen minutes before our dinner reservation, the restaurant manager came into the bar, introduced himself and brought us some canapés to enjoy whilst we finished our drinks. He also provided us with dinner menus and an iPad to browse the wine list.

He returned to take our order from the comfort of the bar and was more than happy to offer assistance when we asked for recommendations. He then took us through to the restaurant.

Trusting the managers recommendation, I opted for hand-dived scallops with a white chocolate crumb and was not disappointed. The marriage of flavours was unexpectedly delicate, and an absolute taste sensation.

For mains, Marcus ordered a lamb dish while I opted for suckling pig. Plated in a way that offered tastes of various flavours and parts of the meat it was a wonderful dining experience, complimented with considerate and warm service.

Breakfast

Breakfast is offered in the Reflections restaurant. Options include continental breakfast, or guests can upgrade to traditional cooked breakfast and specialty breakfast options.

The traditional breakfast options include a full english, vegetarian full breakfast, or omelette of your choice. For those opting for a specialty breakfast, the options include eggs Benedict, salmon and scrambled eggs, smoked kippers and american pancakes.

Summary

Alexander House hotel is perfect for a luxurious weekend escape for a special occasion.

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The facilities in the spa are wonderful, and the food from AG’s restaurant is very impressive. We enjoyed visiting in the warmer months, being able to soak up the sun in the grounds, enjoy afternoon tea in the garden with the view and make the most of the outdoor activities, as well as the luxury afforded by the rooms and suites.

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Aisha Kellaway
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