Glide up the gravel drive to Amberley Castle, and you'll feel suitably period-drama as you arrive at the main gates and portcullis. Even if when it comes to hotel interiors, you can't help but line up on the side of modernist edict 'less is more', you will be appeased by the historical Sussex setting, good taste of the furnishings and incredible South Downs grounds.
Archery, clay-pigeon shooting and hot-air ballooning can be arranged by the hotel. Goodwood House (www.goodwood.co.uk) – you can have helicopter and flying lessons at the Flying Club, go to the races or watch the motor-racing. While you’re there, walk up Trundle Lane to the Seven Points Viewpoint. Chichester Festival Theatre (www.cft.org.uk) puts on impressive productions. The Minerva Theatre (01243 781312) next door, has fringe-type performances. Have a stroll along Climping beach, a ten-minute drive away.