PH2O at Park House
Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0JB
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
4 treatment rooms
Park House is a smart country house with three adjacent cottages, surrounded by ten acres of peaceful grounds. An impressive, small but opulent spa in a beautifully rural location; the PH₂O spa combines great treatments and luxurious facilities with the hotel’s good customer service, peaceful accommodation, and fresh, seasonal cuisine.
Park House Hotel is tucked away in quiet and rural West Sussex. Wind through a forest road, past the village of Bepton, and the hotel sits pretty amid the hills.
Once an exclusive B&B serving Cowdray Park's polo players, this family-run boutique hotel has a modestly sized but beautifully designed spa, a six-hole golf course and buckets of country charm.
The spa is in a modern extension behind the hotel, backing onto miles of fields: a marvellous view serving both the indoor and outdoor pools.
PH2O Spa is set in a single-storey brick building beside one of the hotel's country cottages. A flowerbed bursting with purple campanula runs along the path to the floor-to ceiling glass entrance, which gives way to a stylish, modern reception with comfortable cream sofas.
Make your way downstairs to the changing rooms, which have polished marble surfaces and rows of smart dark wood lockers. There are wooden banquettes with squidgy red cushioning, a spacious private changing room, and vanity desks with hairdryers, straighteners, VOYA products, and cotton wool. Everything is squeaky clean and modern fresh, with a hint of country opulence. At the back of the changing room are opaque glass showers with plenty of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. There's also a small sauna and steam room and a small seating area with a foot spa for treating your toes.
Head back up the stairs, towards reception, to get to the indoor wet zone. A vaulted ceiling, chunky oak furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows make the area feel uber country-chic. The shimmering mosaic-tiled 15-metre swimming pool has a circular mother-of-pearl Jacuzzi carved into one side, alongside a curved white marble shower. A mezzanine area has loungers and more upright seating. Bubbling away in the Jacuzzi and looking out on the picturesque gardens makes for a real treat.
The charming al-fresco zone has a heated outdoor pool surrounded by loungers with views over the rolling hills. A cute poolside shed serves a wide variety of soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as a light-bites menu for casual dining in the sun.
The treatment area hosts the four treatment rooms and the cosy Quiet Room designated for post-treatment snoozing. You can curl up under a duvet on one of the three day beds, help yourself to a magazine and an iced tea or infused water.
If you want to do more than lie back and relax, Park House has a well-equipped gym, a very pretty golf course dotted with small lakes, two grass tennis courts, a croquet lawn and ten acres of gardens and fields to wander through.
We tried the Voya Deluxe Facial Experience (90 minutes, £90). PH2O use VOYA products exclusively; an Irish brand with seaweed as a main ingredient, hand-harvested from the Irish coast.
Our therapists, Rachel and Emma, took us into the couples' treatment room, a large and sumptuous room with blue-grey walls and two massage beds swathed in thick flannel towels.
We de-robed and settle onto the treatment beds. Rachel asked me to take deep breaths of the Voya Essence Oil and cleansed my feet and back with heated towels. She scrubbed my back and arms with a dry brush to stimulate circulation, then initiated a wonderfully relaxing back massage, easing me into the treatment beautifully.
Next, Rachel cleansed and exfoliated my skin, removing each product with hot towels. The heat left my pores open to readily absorb the My Little Hero serum which is packed with antioxidants. Rachel massaged the serum into my face; my skin felt positively radiant.
The next step was a seaweed face mask, which was admittedly a little pungent. Rachel applied the mask and popped a cushioned eye-pad over my eyes before starting a heavenly scalp massage. I was so deeply relaxed, I barely noticed as Rachel removed the mask and gently woke me up with a spritz of aromatherapy mist.
The mask may have smelled strongly, but this facial delivered great results: my tired skin was rehydrated and I left with softened shoulders, too.
As it uses one single brand, PH2O's spa menu isn't extensive, but it has a good mixture of treatments. Think stimulating body scrubs, warm spice mud wraps, lava shell massages and reflexology. If you're after a quick beauty pick-me-up, try a manicure, pedicure or spray tan.
On summer days, a poolside café serves a light-bites menu including salads, sandwiches and sharing platters. If it isn't sunny, you'll have to get changed and head over to the hotel for lunch in the restaurant.
Continuing the hotel's country-chic theme, the intimate restaurant is cosy with red brick features, neutral hues and a lovely orangery. There's more of a formal vibe here, with crisp white tablecloths and a modern British menu. The focus is on locally-sourced ingredients so our beautifully presented lunch of gazpacho and goat's cheese tortellini was not just very tasty, but helped support local farmers, too.
Dinner was similarly delicious; we shared a fantastically tender Chateaubriand steak for two and watched the sun set on the hilly horizon from the outdoor terrace.
The outdoor swimming pool with its quirky café in a shed: it felt totally indulgent to spend a sunny afternoon whiling away the hours with golden fields and butterflies in abundance.
Voya products and their witty names. This small brand has a wealth of lovely organic products -- and it even helps support the rescue of seal pups in Ireland!
We didn't love
We had trouble parking at the hotel as golfers and health-club members can do so, too; a little more space to accommodate spa-goers would be ideal.
Those with a penchant for sports: Play a round of golf or a set of tennis, then head to the spa. The spa offers treatments geared towards both sportsmen and sportswomen for post-fitness sessions.
With a limit of just ten day-spa guests per day, PH20 is great for couples or small groups.
Anyone who appreciates the art of boutique hotels will love it at Park House; it has just the right combination of discreet, friendly service and quirky country style that makes you feel like you're home - just better.
We gave PH20 a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. The familial feel of the hotel and spa were a wonderful complement to the luxurious and modern spa surrounds. Topped off with some truly excellent British cuisine to keep us going, we were in spa heaven.
Spirited Spy visited in August 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubbles
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Bepton, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0JB
Light refreshments are available in the PH₂O Spa; afternoon tea is served in the Drawing Room; three-course lunches and dinners can be enjoyed in the Dining Room or conservatory.
Seven room styles available from Small Standard rooms to the Polo Cottage Suite. Room rates start at £135 per room per night.
7am – 9pm daily
There are no offers for this spa.