Park House has been in the O'Brien family for more than 50 years, and has always retained the atmosphere of a private country house thanks first to the careful attention of Ioné O'Brien, and now to Seamus. A 16thC farmhouse with Victorian additions, the hotel, with its cream-painted roughcast walls, at first looks rather suburban.
  
Inside, however, the elegant public rooms strike a very different note. The honesty bar, festooned with mementoes and photographs of polo players (Cowdray Park is close at hand) is admirably well-stocked, while the drawing room, particularly appealing at night, gleams with polished parquet floor, velvet-backed alcoves filled with books and china, yellow walls, and table lamps which cast a golden glow.
  
Bedrooms are traditional; best are the two in the annexe, one of which has a private patio. The dinner menu has been expanded (it used to be amazingly limited) and features traditional English food. Lunch can be as simple as sausage and mash or oxtail pie. We would welcome comments on the food.
   To add to existing facilities, including a swimming pool, tennis courts and six-hole golf course, recent innovations have seen the creation of the Park House spa, a luxurious area with an indoor pool, gym and fitness suite, saunas, steam rooms and a Jacuzzi.