This splendid country-house hotel sits in 10 acres of English gardens with quilted fields circling the grounds and the South Downs Way passing within a mile. Potter about outside and find a croquet lawn, two grass tennis courts and a six-hole golf course that slips into the country. Shrubberies burst with colour, there’s a terrace for afternoon tea, wellington boots wait at the front door for long country walks. There’s a beautiful spa, too. You can snooze on sunbeds while listening to birdsong on the terrace by the outdoor pool, or nip inside to the indoor pool and find treatment rooms, a sauna and a gym. The hotel is just as good, its country-house interiors filled with colour and style. You’ll find an honesty bar that overlooks the garden, a sitting room for the daily papers, a conservatory that opens onto a terrace for scrumptious breakfasts. Smart rooms have heavenly beds, chic bathrooms, big country views, perhaps a terrace. Delicious food is the final delight, perhaps crab and ginger risotto, duck with honey-glazed parsnips, mint chocolate soufflé with passion fruit sorbet. Exceptional.