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The Story of Bailiffscourt

Everyone who has visited Bailiffscourt in the heart of rural West Sussex has been enchanted by the beauty of the building and the air of tranquil timelessness that surrounds it. This is the story of this unique and lovely place, and how it came to be so special. The book goes right back to Bailiffscourt’s first foundations just after the Norman conquest, covers the period in the 1920s when the current extraordinary building was conceived and built by Lady Moyne and her inspired architect Amyas Phillips, and continues up until the time my grandmother founded the first hotel there. There is a detailed chapter about the beautiful Norman chapel in the grounds and an illustrated appendix, explaining the origins of many of the original pieces of medieval furniture still in the building. There is also a page listing some of the many celebrities that have stayed there over the years.

Details: A4 Hardback, 67 pages with colour illustrations throughout

Price: £16.99

Plus £3.25 postage and packing (standard UK P&P)

If you are based outside the UK, or wish to order more than one copy of the book, please contact me directly via the Contact Me tab, above.

The Author

Sally Orson-Jones

Book Doctor, Editor, UK, Sally O-J, Sally Orson-Jones

I was lucky enough to grow up at Bailiffscourt during the 1960s and 1970s.  This is the story of this extraordinary place, and the tale of how my grandmother, Emmy Birer, created the first hotel here in the 1940s.

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    Belinda Beeton

    29 11 2018

    Dear Sally,

    I heard your interview on Radio Sussex. We have always gone to Bailiffscourt. We even used to ride there! My sister, who now lives in Canada and has for many years, used to be a receptionist there. I would like to buy a copy for my other sister for Christmas – are there any shops where I may buy it, or is it only online please?

    Yours sincerely,

    Belinda

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      Sally Jones

      30 11 2018

      Dear Belinda,

      Thank you so much for your message – I will reply to you properly by email. At the moment the only places that you can buy the book are at Bailiffscourt and here.

      Very best wishes

      Sally

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    Karma Loveday

    15 10 2018

    This book is a labour of love, full of beautiful details – both Sally’s personal memories and meticulous research into the deeper past. There is history, fun and even a few celebs!

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    Leigh Chapman

    11 10 2018

    Beautifully put together, meticulously researched. The history of the place is brought alive. If anyone has stayed at Bailiffscourt, they will love this book. If anyone hasn’t stayed there, after reading this, they will want to.

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    Jan Windsor

    11 10 2018

    This book brought back many happy memories of times spent at Bailiffscourt. It was always an enchanting and somewhat quirky place and I so enjoyed the detail of how it came into being. The book is a compelling read, extremely well researched, beautifully presented and packed full of interesting illustrations. It is a ‘must have,’ for all who know and love this unique place as well as for those who have yet to discover its fairytale charm. I couldn’t put it down.

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    Dilly Lambourn

    10 10 2018

    I was lucky enough t work at Bailiffscourt Hotel in the mid – late 70’s, so this book is a real treat. It was lovely wander down memory lane to be reunited with Sally, her mother Ilsa, and her grandmother, Mrs Birer, and all that was familiar about this wonderful establishment. Beautifully written with photos old and new to help tell the story. Well done Sal.

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    Sue

    09 10 2018

    I always knew little bits of the history, but this book has clarified how this wonderful place came to be. Great research and very well written (would expect no less from the doctor). Thanks Sally, a real treat.

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    Pete Sacker

    09 10 2018

    A fine history of a unique building, unique hotel and, for me many memories of family holidays provided by a great and generous Aunt Emmy. Thanks for writing it.

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    Meg

    09 10 2018

    A really interesting read, and impeccably researched.

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    Marianne

    09 10 2018

    Reading the book made me happy.
    I spent parts of my childhood there and the book made me remember. It is very good.

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    Tina Kahn

    02 10 2018

    You brought me back to the lovely memories of Bailiffscourt. Thank you so much for making this book.

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    Sarah Knights

    02 10 2018

    Informative and a great read. Really enjoy it. Bought many happy memories back of my times staying at Baliffscourt.

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    Jennie Munro

    02 10 2018

    Good luck Sally! I hope your book brings joy to many.

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