Party house of the week
'A house of grand proportions with an air of decadence'
You're looking for a party house to see in the new year. Stone Court, an impressive home on the Sussex coast dating from the 1930s, could provide the answer. Set in an acre of grounds, it sits in a quiet corner of Kingston Gorse, a private estate built at the start of the 20th century.
It's just a pebble's throw from the beach, but this is no beachside bungalow. It is a house of grand proportions with an air of decadence from the days when this community was a popular haunt of thespians.
Today's get-togethers benefit from a huge kitchen-diner that can seat up to 20. To one side is a TV room; to the other is a large, comfy sitting room. Snuggle up by one of the log fires, or on warmer days enjoy the garden, which has a pool, play area and covered terrace for al fresco dining.
There are nine double bedrooms of varying size. Three have en-suite bathrooms, two have in-room baths and the rest share two family bathrooms. Kids will love the "cabin"-style bedroom, which is decorated with portholes.
The food and drink
Guests get afternoon tea on arrival, a welcome pack and well-stocked stores. The housekeeper will cook by arrangement.
Not ideal for guests with restricted mobility. Children are welcome, as are well-behaved dogs.
From 2,500 for two nights, including daily cleaning.
Stone Court, Brookside Road, Kingston Gorse, West Sussex BN16 1SE (luxury countryrentals.com).
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