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The Spread Eagle in Midhurst, West Sussex is one of the UK’s finest and
oldest country hotels. Here guests can step back in time and into
the shoes of Queen Elizabeth I who reputedly stayed at this most
unique of coaching inn during the 1400s.

 

Midhurst is a pretty town in the heart of the South Downs, during the summer months there’s polo at nearby Cowdray and vintage car festivals at Goodwood. The town is dotted with medieval buildings and cobbled squares, it’s been a market town for centuries and at its heart is The Spread Eagle, a coaching inn that dates back to 1420.

Stepping into The Spread Eagle is like stepping back in time, the little nooks and crannies, the creak of the wooden floorboards, the slight bow of the roof all hold secrets of the past, yet this is a hotel that accepts its history and charm and raises it with 21st century comforts.

Guests can join the hotel’s notorious or guest book, (depending on how you look at) when they stay here. Over six centuries the noble, famous and infamous have graced The Spread Eagle with their presence. From the Lord High Admiral of Henry VIII to Admiral Lord Nelson, a few smugglers and reputedly Elizabeth I – if only the walls could talk.

Having been in the same family now for nearly 70 years, The Spread Eagle has been brought up to date an extensive gin bar, delicious food, a state of the art gym and award winning spa and treatment rooms complete with indoor heated swimming pool. There are 39 charming bedrooms, one being the Queen’s Suite, complete with carved four-poster bed, sitting room and luxurious bathroom, and being in the oldest part of the house has its own wig closet from 1430.

 

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The popular restaurant celebrates Sussex produce, with locally sourced ingredients from field to sea, and then to fork, on the menu. Being in one of the most revered wine counties in the UK, and in close proximity to some of the best vineyards in the West Sussex, the wine list bubbles with English sparkling wines.

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As part of Historic Hotels Sussex, The Spread Eagle is one of four historical, privately owned properties that you can dine and stay at in the heart of the South Downs
National Park. It’s a medieval experience at its rural best.

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The Spread Eagle is also home to a surprisingly contemporary spa, complete with Scandinavian-style vaulted ceiling, Turkish steam room, six treatment rooms and indoor heated pool. It’s all very exclusive, wandering around in your fluffy robe and flip flops, it’s just you, spa members and spa day guests who have access.

As part of Historic Sussex Hotels, The Spread Eagle is one of four properties within the collection celebrating the beauty, history and wonderful produce of this charming county.

The Spread Eagle, Midhurst

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