In an English kosher gar­den

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - BY SHAR­RON LIV­INGSTON

THE TRA­DI­TIONAL B r i t i s h s p r i ngtime break should in­clude an his­toric English coun­try house, with wood­beamed ceil­ings, vin­tage fur­ni­ture, t h e o d d f o u r - poster — and plenty of con­tem­po­rary com­forts. It should also in­volve a size­able lux­ury pool, fully equipped gym and a spa with whirlpool bath, sauna and an en­tic­ing treat­ment menu.

The man­sion should stand at the heart of a sprawl­ing es­tate, sur­rounded by a ver­dant and flo­ral land­scape for those mo­ments when one wishes to walk and com­mune with na­ture.

And it should also be close to a town, for retail ther­apy.

Su­per­im­pose this idyl­lic vi­sion on your Pe­sach cel­e­bra­tion and you could end up at Ciss­wood Coun­try House in the vil­lage of Lower Beed­ing, Sus­sex.

This two-storey, 51-room coun­try house was built in 1928 for Sir Wood­man Bur­bridge, the then-chair­man of Har­rods, and his wife Ciss­ily.

It is now an in­de­pen­dent three-star ho­tel and, though re­cently re­fur­bished, re­tains wood and plas­ter fea­tures pro­duced by the store’s crafts­men.

Rooms come with robes, slip­pers, deluxe toi­letries and free wi-fi.

Lower Beed­ing is a few min­utes’ drive from the 10th cen­tury mar­ket town of Hor­sham (for­mer in­hab­i­tants in­clude the poet Shel­ley), where the quaint streets are wrapped around the Swan Walk shop­ping cen­tre.

You are also close to Brighton, with its pier and quirky shop­ping at the Lanes.

This spring, the ho­tel will host one of Mal­colm Green’s reg­u­lar house par­ties.

The usual team of chefs will pro­duce fine din­ing su­per­vised by the Lon­don Beth Din, with two full-time

(kashrut su­per­vi­sors). On the menu are five-course lun­cheons and din­ners, mid-morn­ing coffee and af­ter­noon tea, lav­ish kid­dushim and spe­cial­ity patis­serie.

An eruv will be set up so that, on sunny days, tea can be taken on the lawns. The in-house syn­a­gogue will hold daily ser­vices and there will be seven-course Sedarim, con­ducted by Rev Johnny Lor­raine.

En­ter­tain­ment in­cludes a tea dance, lec­tures, an ask-the-rabbi event, shop­ping trips, a shut­tle to Hor­sham and a riverboat ex­cur­sion to Wind­sor with kosher-for-Passover lunch on board.

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