Built in 1883 as a family home, the South Lodge Hotel is set in 93 acres of parkland amid the rolling South Downs. Spread across the main house and newer Sussex Wing, bedrooms and suites offer a variety of features, from hand-carved four-poster beds and double baths with built-in plasma screens to private gardens (there is even a suite with its own alfresco hot tub). Another surprise is The Pass – awarded its first Michelin star in 2011 – an innovative take on a chef’s table, with up to 30 covers around the open kitchen and LCD screens showing the chefs at work. The hotel’s other restaurant is The Camellia, which serves dishes using produce from the newly restored kitchen garden. New event space The Cellar, which can seat 20 for dinner or host 40 for a drinks reception, has an Enomatic wine machine that allows guests to try a range of top-quality wines by the glass.