Spend your Christmas in the charming and quintessentially English setting of Ockenden Manor in Cuckfield. This year you can also sample the treatments and first-rate facilities of our new spa, set within the manor house’s walled gardens. Stunning views across a wintry wooded valley set the seal on a Christmas break at Ockenden Manor. We’ve created the ideal retreat for a peaceful, relaxing Christmas, with a warm welcome and hospitality, guaranteeing a happy and memorable holiday.
Christmas at Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa
Christmas Eve: Tuesday 24th December
Join us for traditional afternoon tea in the sitting room, while relaxing in front of the crackling log fire. Before dinner we will gather in the sitting room and bar for a Champagne reception where you’ll meet your hosts and fellow guests while local carol singers add a festive touch from years gone by. Dinner will be served in our elegant restaurants, with mixed tables for a real house party atmosphere.
After dinner you might like to attend Midnight Mass in Cuckfield’s beautiful Norman Holy Trinity Church, just a few minutes’ walk into the village. When you return you can enjoy the last moments of Christmas Eve with mulled wine, warm mince pies and roasted chestnuts in the sitting room.
Christmas Day: Wednesday 25th December
We will be serving a leisurely continental breakfast in the dining room, including a fresh fruit platter and freshly baked pastries. Room service is available if you’d rather spend the first hours cosseted in your room.
Champagne or kir royale are our aperitifs before a splendid six-course traditional luncheon, and if you’ve left enough room we’ll serve you tea and home-made Christmas cake mid-afternoon. A range of board games is available to remind you of less hectic Christmases past. A delicious light buffet supper is offered in the evening, accompanied by a festive repertoire performed by our local harpist. A fitting finale to end a special day
Boxing Day: thursday 26th December
After a Champagne English breakfast, why not sample the delights of our award-winning Spa? (Treatments should be booked in advance.)
There’s plenty to keep you busy: a visit to the Bluebell Railway, or Wakehurst Place, or a local walk around Cuckfield. Upon your return we will serve afternoon tea and Christmas cake. Lunch is not included today. If you wish to dine with us at lunchtime a reservation is essential. Champagne cocktails in the bar mark the start of our black tie gourmet dinner, inclusive of wines, held around mixed tables in the Ockenden Suite.
Our magician will keep you transfixed throughout the meal.
Friday 27th December
Unless our outstanding rates have enticed you to extend your stay, it’s time to bid a fond
farewell; we’re confident you’ll leave sated, satisfied and thinking about Christmas 2014
New Year’s Eve: Tuesday 31st December 2013
Join us for a veritable tour de force from the kitchen with a six-course tasting menu dinner leading all the way up to midnight. Dinner will be served in our Michelin starred restaurant, and our resident pianist will entertain you from the drawing room throughout the evening.
New Year’s Day: Wednesday 1st January 2014
Breakfast on New Year’s Day can be taken in the restaurant or in your room until 10am. After this, unless you’ve booked further nights with us, the open road will be beckoning.