Calling all gourmands! Visitors to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, located near Horsham in West Sussex, can now enjoy not only exquisite fine dining alongside the botanical views, but a luxurious overnight stay thanks to the opening of ten boutique hotel rooms
Introducing the Grade II Listed Leonardslee House, built in an Italianate style in 1855, which now features ten charming en-suite bedrooms filled with delicate pastel shades and lavish touches in the form of roll top baths and sprawling views. Accessed by the magnificent hallway and galleried landing, which is bathed in natural light from an original domed atrium, the boutique first floor abodes make an ideal rural escape – especially for the foodies.
At the property’s Restaurant Interlude (where Executive Chef Jean Delport recently won a Michelin Star for a second consecutive year) the multi-course tasting menu is inspired by the woodland gardens with ingredients foraged or grown on the Leonardslee estate, and features dishes as equally beautiful as the new rooms.
The great Victorian plant collector Sir Edmund Loder purchased the estate in 1889 and planted the extensive gardens and exotic flora that create the estate’s charismatic charm, offering guests a holiday break to remember.
Each bespoke bedroom features the fabric and wallpaper style of a quintessential British interior design house, overseen by the Johnston Parke Interiors studio and architects Gould Baxter. The interiors aim to create a fully-immersive experience for guests, with classic themes by some of the best known and loved British designers.
Guests can peer out of the windows to enjoy superb views over the extensive lawns, down to the 240-acre historic woodlands and across to the South Downs.
The owner of the estate is award-winning entrepreneur Penny Streeter OBE, who has focused with her design team on British-based suppliers – many of whom print their fabrics and wallpapers in the UK, with a strong focus on sustainable and artisan composition.
The designers have sourced antiques to reduce any environmental impact and commissioned furniture suppliers who make their products in the UK. This includes David Seyfried for upholstery, Hypnos for beds, BTC Original for lighting, as well as Edward Bulmer, and Farrow and Ball for paints.
Post-slumber, residents can enjoy the 240-acre Leonardslee woodland estate and explore its diverse and truly impressive woodland gardens.
“The new accommodation extends the range of visitors who can visit and now stay overnight, to enjoy the full Leonardslee experience – the beautiful gardens, classic afternoon tea, wine tastings and dinner at Michelin Star Restaurant Interlude. Perhaps too to take in a round of golf at our neighbouring property, Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate close by,” commented Penny Streeter.
Make it happen
Where: Brighton Rd, Lower Beeding, Horsham RH13 6PP
How: Rooms start from £350 per night, based on two people sharing. Visit leonardsleegardens.co.uk to find out more and make a booking.