Spread Eagle Hotel
Midhurst, West Sussex
(circa 1430)
This famous and historic hotel has
been welcoming guests since 1430.
Found in the lovely old country town on Midhurst, The Spread Eagle Hotel and Health Spa is a perfect base location to explore this beautiful part of England.  The old town of Petworth, antique center of the South, is close by as is Chichester with its Cathedral and harbor.  Close too is Fisbourne Roman Palace and the castle town of Arundel.  Golfing is nearby, as is a polo field. 
Originally a coaching inn, the hotel has some timbered buildings, implying that it goes back at least to the fifteenth century.  The spread-eagle crest was the badge of Germany, and the implication was that they always had good stocks of German wines (hock), which was very popular in mid-16th Century. 

Modern day guests will find comfortable surroundings in the historic lounge bar. 

The restaurant has been awarded two rosettes by the AA (British Automobile Association), signifying fine dining. 
Excellent modern
British cooking
and fine wines
can be enjoyed
in the candlelit
restaurant which
features an
Inglenook fireplace.
The hotel is rated 3 stars by the AA and has a collection of bedrooms and suites in both old and new sections of the hotel. 

Some rooms are in the historic section, others are in Jacobean Hall connected to the conservatory, and a new addition beyond the restaurant holds more accommodations. 
Our group of 21 guests stayed throughout the hotel in a large assortment of rooms.  Most of us were in the historic section of the hotel where the "Feature Rooms" were located.  These were spacious, some with poster beds. 

The huge "Queen's Suite" was directly over the bar in the oldest part of the hotel - I felt as though we were sleeping in a wonderful 14th century museum!  A small sitting room led to the immense bedroom.  While it was the largest suite, it had a rather small (double sized) four poster bed and one of the smallest bathrooms in the hotel. 

Some of our party stayed in the 3rd floor rooms - very charming accommodations in various sizes with sloped ceilings under the roof line. 

Others stayed in the new section - pretty modern rooms with large bathrooms.

Some rooms feature original
antique four poster beds, oak
paneled walls or fireplaces. 
We all enjoyed our stay at the Spread Eagle and would highly recommend it to anyone staying in this area of England.  Their sister hotel "The Angel" would be a good choice too. 

For more information about The Spread Eagle Hotel and Health Spa, visit the websites listed below: 

Spread Eagle Hotel Web Site
 AA Listing for the Hotel
AA Listing for the Restaurant
Maps of West Sussex and Midhurst
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