Well, hello all, it’s been a while! I’ve been busy tying up all the loose ends on the farm before D day and I’m *almost* done. Shearing has finished for now, lambs have been vaccinated and we are well on the path to hopefully quieting down a little for when the baby arrives.
So I thought, what better way to kick start maternity life than to go on a little baby moon and have some last time away with my mum, before I become a mum myself!
The lovely team at Historic Sussex Hotels very kindly gifted me an overnight stay as part of their ‘Baby Sussexmoon’ package at Ockenden Manor.
Historic Sussex Hotels
Historic Sussex Hotels are a set of three privately owned hotels in West Sussex, comprising of The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa in Midhurst (if anyone remembers, Andy and I went on one of their spa evenings back in October – and it was absolutely lovely – and of course, really funny to see Andy have his first experience of what a spa entailed – he was a little like a fish out of water!), Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, in Climping Near Arrundel, and Ockenden Manor, in Cuckfield.
Having been to all three before for various meals, events, I can honestly say that all of the Historic Sussex Hotels are unique, charming and completely personal. There is no danger of feeling like ‘just another guest’ – the staff all make you feel so welcome and the atmosphere is very relaxed and not at all ‘stuffy’. You can bring dogs to all three of the hotels too – which is a massive plus point for me!
Baby Sussexmoon at Ockenden Manor
So, onto our stay at Ockenden Manor. I arrived and headed into the main hotel reception, which is set in a gorgeous old Elizabethan manor house. The hotel has 28 rooms in total, 8 of which are in the spa where we stayed. We checked in and were shown around the main hotel where there are a set of charming characterful rooms, with a lounge and then a couple of rooms for the restaurant and bar. We then were shown to our room over at the Spa.
The Spa was added onto Ockenden Manor around 8 years ago, and it’s a really cool modern building with an indoor pool that connects through to an outdoor pool. All of the spa rooms look out to the poolside and have a terrace that you can sit out on with sun loungers and seating areas for each room.
We stayed in one of their Junior Spa Suite rooms, which was huge! The bathroom had amazing shutters that you could open out to give you a view right through to the terrace whilst in the bath! In the bathroom there were Temple Spa products galore, and there were also robes and flip flops all ready for our spa experience the following day.
We settled down with a coffees (from the Nespresso machine in our room!) and started to get ready for dinner!
Dinner is served
For dinner we went to the main restaurant where we were able to sit outside for a drink whilst we looked at the menus. It was such a great summers evening, I felt like I was on holiday abroad! I treated myself to a Mocktail and we were brought some canapés whilst we decided what to order.
The menu in the restaurant is filled with local Sussex produce and it was hard to pick as there were so many nice options, I ended up going for the goats cheese croquette starter, Pork three ways for a main, and then a banana souffle for desert. My mum had the smoked salmon for starter, butter roasted cod for main, and then the tulip of fresh fruits for desert. All of it was absolutely delicious!
After dinner we took our teas and coffees and had them in the lounge and chatted for ages which was such a perfect way to finish the day!
The Baby Sussexmoon Experience
The following day we had our breakfast bright and early and then headed to the spa where we had our first treatment, mine was their pregnancy massage that forms part of their ‘Baby Sussexmoon package’. It was 60 mins of pure relaxation, I joked with the lady doing the massage that it was going to send me into labour as I was so relaxed!
What’s included in the Baby Sussexmoon?
As the ‘Baby Sussexmoon’ is in partnership with the luxury maternity brand Jem+Bea, you also receive a complimentary ‘Jem+Bea Lola bag’ which has gone straight onto my Buggy already – love it so much!
You also receive:
- One night’s accommodation for two people including Full English breakfast
- Delicious three course dinner from our Sussex menu, prepared using the finest locally sourced ingredients
- Sports luxe style Jem + Bea Lola bag
- Elemental Herbology Tree of Life balm – the ultimate multi-purpose balm
- Pre-natal spa treatment – a remedial and calming massage developed especially for pregnancy
- 30 minute Isopod Float, enabling you to float effortlessly and peacefully
- Full use of the spa facilities and swimming pools
My mum had a facial whilst I was having my treatment and then we met up by the pool and sat in the sun for the rest of the day inbetween dips in the pool! The nice thing about the spa is that you can help yourself teas and coffees – and there are various areas with sun loungers dotted around so the spa never feels really busy!
We decided to have lunch by the pool, and both had awesome sandwiches and shared their nachos!
We both came away feeling so relaxed and well rested. Ockenden Manor is the perfect blend of old and new, with the main hotel from the Elizabethan era and then the striking modern spa building with all of the mod cons. I can’t recommend it enough for a break away – it felt really special! So much so that Mum and I are already plotting a spa day in the Autumn Winter back at Ockenden! *Sorry Andy, but the baby will have to stay at home with you!*
*this stay was of course gifted, but as I mentioned, I had already been to all three of the Historic Sussex Hotels and hopefully it goes without saying that I would never recommend anything I didn’t absolutely love!