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John Green, 20 July 2012:
AMBERLEY Castle is simply the most romantic hotel in Sussex. Which is why this competition prize and lunch offer are so special. Indeed, 20 years ago I had my first date there with the woman I was eventually to marry.
It didn't cost £45,000 - but it was wonderfully memorable for all the right reasons. And I planned to ask her to marry me there six months' later. I use the word ‘planned' advisedly. We were just leaving after dinner.
It was pouring in rain and we took shelter under the portcullis. As she rummaged for her umbrella I fumbled in my pocket for the ring - having finally plucked up the courage. But when I looked up ready to make my short heart-felt speech, she had vanished - she was already running off into the torrential rain towards the car.
Even the best laid plans at the most romantic of hotels can sometimes go awry. But practice makes perfect - even if it cost me another dinner there to get the timing just right.
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We stayed at this hotel in September. Although visually most attractive the 1st suite we were shown was depressingly small, not even two armchairs. The next one was better if you like Walt Disney-like decor. There was insufficient light for reading. All the staff were most charming but the dining room service was very slow, 45 minutes for the starter course. The food was not outstanding considering that the rate for 2 persons was £500 per night. The Continental breakfast fell well below par. We checked-out after 24 hours. A letter of complaint to the Chairman of the hotel Group was not even answered.
It must be impossible for anyone to visit Amberley and not be impressed. I do not care if you are Michael Winner, when you cruise up the perfectly manicured entrance and enter the awesome grounds, greet the white peacocks and watch the white doves cooing on the battlements of the ruins of the old castle fort which encloses the dreams, topiary and colourful planting of a first rate gardener, you are immediately transported from your hum-drum life into the world of a fashion shoot or a gossip magazine shoot.
Within the ruined boundary walls lies an Elizabethan House with a royal history which hosted the wedding of our dear friend. Was it perfect? It was a fairytale. Even the food,(and i hate banqueting food with a passion) for 50 or so guests was acceptable. (And by acceptable i simply mean good. I have never yet been to a large function where the food was anything better than acceptable in a sit-down situation.)
The rooms were equally stunning with four posters, good bathrooms and others in our party stayed in the outbuildings which were similarly well proportioned and luxurious.
Now, value for money. Was it worth it? We had drinks in the courtyard, a service in one room, dinner in another, wandered through the grounds, a party and band in another room and retired at 3am, awaking at 10am for a good breakfast. Hellishly expensive as the whole castle was hired. Would I suffer a small re-mortgage for my daughter? Yes I would! A magical, magical day. Anything for those stunning veiws and for being transported for a tiny snatch of time into a completely different world.
out of this world. stayed for weekend for friends wedding-father hired the whole castle! gorgeous food, amazing dining room and library for after dinner drinks. gardens truly wonderful. the rooms are out of this world too- i had a huge double bed with pillow present, my own cuddly robe, jacuzzi bath, lots of bathroom goodies, did not want to get up. honeymoon suite had secret steps up to own turret.amazing veiws. would go here just for dinner for special occasion, you get what you pay for
very comfortable rooms, all themed and different. Fruit basket and pillow present. Lovely grounds only downside is that peacocks are very noisy in early morning. Restaurant serves good food but is rather expensive. A good place to celebrate a special occasion
Amberley Castle is a hotel set in beautiful countryside in the South Downs. As you turn into the long drive up to the castle itself, heading towards the impressive portcullis, you can’t help but be impressed by magnificent grounds and building. It’s so beautiful here, it doesn’t really matter what time of year you visit. If it’s sunny, you can admire the views; if it’s raining, you can revel in the whole cosiness of the place sheltering you from the elements.
The rooms are beautifully appointed, as in keeping with the castle. It’s as far away from a horrible chain hotel as you could hope for. You get four-poster beds, layer upon layer of thick bedding, jacuzzi baths and, in some rooms, a private little turret.
The restaurant in the castle serves modern British food, tying in with the seasons. The locally-reared lamb is particularly well cooked - it just falls off the bone if you even so much as look at it.
I like Amberley Castle so much, I booked it for my wedding. Since we just had a small do, we only needed to book one (large) room out for the ceremony and dinner, but you can book the whole castle to yourself, if you want. The prices for my wedding were very reasonable, and the food and service top drawer.
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