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A beautiful sunny autumn day in England deserves a beach side day trip!
A group of 6 expat Aussies; Abby, Amanda, Brad, Josh, Kate and I made our way on the coach to the sea for the day. Meandering the lane ways and markets, sitting on the pebble beaches and for the crazy others, jumping in the 10degree ocean for a swim!
The day wouldn't be complete without a trip to the funfair on the pier and an off licence session in the park! What a perfect Sunday!
... English afternoon tea. Once we got back from the grocery store, we had some more tea. Brian went to go canoeing and Pat was doing some house work, so I just laid on the couch and watched some tele....can't remember the last time I've done that! For dinner we had Sunday dinner and it was delicious!! I wish we had that every week. Then after dinner there was more tea. My goodness I've never had so much tea in a day. The English do love their tea! Overall it was lovely proper English ...
It rained overnight.
It was raining in the morning.
We were all tired and not feeling like another day's cycling.
Fortunately our stop at Falmer and the next night at Amberley are ...
... us to take to St. Audries Park. As a special treat Sheila and I decided to go to Ryan's JV volleyball game at his school gymn. Catherine was working the cafe in the sports complex so we would meet her there and catch the game. The Varisty had played first and had gone to an extended time, so the JV's were later than scheduled. Ryan's team won and we were impressed by Ryan's play. Ryan is number 11.
... mother Elizabeth, and Anthony in a traditional morning suit.
The reception had a distinctly English countryside flavour with colourful bunting, hay bales and a great band. Letters of congratulations were received from the likes of the local MP, London mayor Boris Johnson, PM David Cameron and – no kidding – Her Majesty (via one of One’s ladies-in-waiting). The Best Mens’ speech centred around a ...
How has this castle rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Amberley Castle
My husband and I stayed at Amberley Castle in May. We were impressed by the beauty and the history of the castle. Spent a wonderful afternoon exploring the incredible grounds and also the old church next door. We stayed in the Bodiam room which was actually inside the castle walls. The room was lovely and luxurious while trying to stay within the theme of the castle (don"t worry, the bathroom was beautiful and modern, even includes a nice whirlpool tub). Our bed was very comfortable. We had dinner in the restaraunt. While the meal was very expensive, it was incredible (VAT and tip included in the price). Overall, we were blown away by the experience and are telling all our friends to stay there while in England.
My husband, I and another couple visited the castle for afternoon tea. It truly was a most memorable experience. Everything was to perfection. The grounds are beautiful and the staff very pleasant. We had our tea in the library with the open fire blazing, a beautiful setting. The food was exquisite and very plentiful. Real value for money. I would definately recommend a trip here, but don't forget to book first.
Although I didn't stay here, did have a wonderful afternoon tea. This is by appointment only but well worth it. This was the second time I have had tea there and the service was fantastic, again. It is not held in the dining room but in one of the lounges. The first time there was a blazing fire in the fireplace and with it raining outside, and a cup of tea in my hand, I thought "now this is civilized living". This time (last week) there was no fire (it wasn't raining, surprise surprise) but the effect was still the same. I would highly recommend if you are in the area to call for an appointment for afternoon tea.
Heaven on Earth
Amberely Castle is heaven on earth.
If you like spa hotels with all the latest facilities and plenty of trendy posing guests then don't bother going.
If, however, you appreciate beauty, culture, history, comfort, friendly staff and fantastic service it is the place for you.
We were married there 4 years ago and I would not have picked anywhere else in the world even if I had won the lottery.
Now we visit for our wedding anniversary and at Christmas for lunch. I love the way they sit you don in the library or one of the other public rooms to have a drink and canapes while you chose your meal. I especially like the library at Christmas when the open fire is roaring.
The service in the restaurant is impeccable and professional without being 'too posh' or imposing. The food is superb and so is the wine. Set lunches are not too pricey (£20 3 courses) but watch what booze you order as it can be expensive.
At Christmas time the castle is especially lovely. The ambience and splendour of the place makes it the most gorgeous hotel and restaurant I have ever been to.
Don't take any notice of the 'soft bed' complaint. My Husband has always said that the four poster in the Herstmonceaux room is the most comfortable in which he has ever slept.
Go there, admire, be pampered and enjoy.
Incredible - but don't walk in in jeans!
My boyfriend and I (21 and 20) stayed here and although we had a wonderful time we felt very out of place. We walked in in jeans and sneakers after travelling all day and were looked at in shock! I understand of course that you should dress up for the restaurant etc but just to check in??? Thats a bit much! We wandered around the main part of the castle...all the time being watched as though we were about to walk off with one of the terrific suits of armour or antiques. Once we'd got out of the reception area and off to our rooms we felt better!
We booked a suite which was incredible. A big and very comfortable living room, huge bathroom with jacussi bath, large bedroom with four poster bed etc. We thought we were in heaven! We were set a little further away from the actual castle. The suites are all in outer buildings (still historic) and the "standard" rooms (standard - yeah right - still have four poster beds and incredible furnishings) are in the castle itself. Honest opinion...don't bother paying more for the suite...the rooms are just as good and you get the experience of actually being in the castle.
The grounds are unbelievable! You can climb up the castle walls, look into the dark stone rooms, wander round the formal rose garden etc. Even have a chat with the owner and his two gorgeous dogs who are always around. There is the cutest little church next door too. The front of the castle has two formal lakes with islands and sitting on the swing chairs watching the sun set over the lakes and the castle was fantastic.
After the response we got from the reception staff at check in we decided to give the restaurant a miss - even though we had brought our posh clothes - and got room service and champagne which was wonderful.
Recommended - definatly...but don't take jeans and sneakers!
Amberley castle is set in idyllic countryside. Despite reservations about the fact that the clientele might be slightly old and the setting a little staid I was reassured by the very positive reviews on this site and the recommendation from the 'Mr & Mrs Smith' Guide. The majority of my stay was lovely, the room was pleasant and the food in the restaurant was good the bed however was the most uncomfortable bed I have ever slept in; soft is an understatement! After a virtually sleepless night I complained at the desk only to be told 'a note of my comments would be made'. No reduction to the bill or adequate apology was made and what should have been a romantic weekend was ruined by having to return home the next morning to get some sleep!
Not strange at all. My husband and I just spent a night alone there celebrating our 11th anniversary and yes we left our four children with their grandparents, its not a hotel for children. The castle and grounds are beautiful, staff was very nice and helpful and our dinner was excellent. My husband and I were the youngest couple there, we are in our thirties but who cares? We went for the history and romance and we got both. The castle is quiet and beautiful and you can climb up the walls and walk around everywhere and really get a feel for the history, they also gave us a complimentary book on the castle which was nice. We meet the owner a few times, sitting out with his dogs and he is very nice too. I would highly recommend this castle to anyone.
No kids allowed
It might be a nice place for mom and lawyer dad but without kids, as they do not accept kids less than 12 years old. Seems to be a strange place.
Amberley Castle, even in the dead of winter, is the most wonderful location for a romantic wedding anniversary celebration. The service is beyond compare, unintrusive and professional, and the rooms are just out of this world. A variety of delightful animals add to the beauty of the experience. Quite simply, Amberley Castle has to be seen to be believed!!!
One of the BEST in the world!
I have visited 40+ countries in the world and have stayed at hundreds of properties. Amberley Castle, quite simply, is truly one of THE best in the world. You know you are entering a different world when you pull up to the gate, it slowy opens as if by magic, and there in front of you is your stunning 900-year old castle for the duration of your stay!
As we drove up the long path (with black swans swimming serenely on ponds in the lush landscaping) in our Hertz rental car to the magnificent, imposing gatehouse, we felt swept back in time to when King Charles II stayed here. The interior castle grounds have been nurtured with loving care into a beautiful set of gardens and lawns with koi ponds, sculpted landscaping, and flower beds of unequalled beauty. Inside the living quarters, at almost every turn there were suits of armor, huge stone fireplaces with fires crackling invitingly, and period furniture in exquisitely decorated public rooms. Their service was beyond compare--discreet, fully accommodating, highly trained (even about the history of the castle and surrounding area), and efficient. We didn't even see another guest until we went to dinner. Late in the evening we wandered around the battle casements and grounds (not another human in sight) and let our imaginations run wild with what events had taken place there over the centuries. We then returned to our very well-appointed room with features that you would find not at a 900-year old castle, but at the finest new hotels in Singapore or Zurich. When we looked on our bed that evening, the turndown service had left us a hardback book about Amberley Castle for us to take back home. For this stay-at-home mom and lawyer dad of a 1- and 3-year old that was looking for a romantic break away from reality, we got it in spades. We can't wait to go back on our next visit to England.