South Lodge Hotel

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South Lodge Hotel
General information
Location Brighton Road,
West Sussex, RH13 6PS
Opening 1985
Owner Exclusive Hotels and Venues
Grounds 93 acres (380,000 m2)
Design and construction
Developer James Hodges
Other information
Number of rooms 89
Number of restaurants 2

The South Lodge Hotel is a 19th-century five star country house hotel set in Horsham, West Sussex in the south of England.

The hotel was in the international spotlight in March 2009 as it hosted the world leaders during the 2009 G-20 London Summit.[1] The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling and the other finance ministers and central bank governors from the European Union stayed in the hotel during the summit.

The hotel has also been used in a number of feature films including A Dark Reflection (2014 film).


In 1883, Frederick DuCane Godman began development on the original South Lodge modest dwelling in the same neo-Jacobean style as many other Sussex country houses of the period. Godman commenced the final substantial additions to the building in 1911 when the Drawing Room Wing was constructed. Winston Churchill was a regular guest to the house during his time in Parliament and to commemorate this the corridor through to the newly developed Sussex Wing from the Billiard Bar now marks the place where a lift used to take him up to the Elizabeth Le Bay room. During World War II South Lodge was used as a hospital and the country house opened as a hotel in 1985.[2]


The hotel is set in 93 acres (380,000 m2) of woodland and has the largest single Rhododendron Arboreum in England. The record breaking plant is over 150 years old and currently measures 25 feet (7.6 m) tall.[3]


South Lodge is located in Horsham, West Sussex in the south of England.[4]

Richard Mann, Head Chef[edit]

Richard Mann, the Head Chef of The Camellia restaurant[5] at South Lodge, worked as Sous Chef to Steven Edwards who won MasterChef: The Professional 2013.[6]


  1. ^ Lewis, Jason (7 March 2009). "G20 summit: £530-a-night suites, his 'n' hers bathtubs and a 'pillow menu' await the world's leading finance chiefs". Daily Mail. London, United Kingdom. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "South Lodge History". South Lodge Hotel's website. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  3. ^ Asthana, Anushka (12 April 2009). "Checking in: South Lodge, Near Horsham, West Sussex". The Guardian. London, United Kingdom. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Location". South Lodge's website. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  5. ^ "The Camellia Restaurant Website". Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Steven Edwards: MasterChef Winner". South Lodge's website. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 

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