In an English kosher garden
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.