The award-winning Newick Park Hotel and Restaurant, one of the most prestigious places to stay or dine in Sussex, is to close.
The luxury country house venue is in the process of being sold and it is understood the new owners will be closing it for refurbishment.
A question mark hangs over what the future holds for the elegant Georgian accommodation after the sale completion early in the New Year.
A spokesperson for Grade II Listed Newick Park, which is surrounded by more than 250 acres of stunning parkland, confirmed on Wednesday that rumours of its imminent closure were correct. They said: “It’s very sad. Everybody has enjoyed working here.”
Twenty-two members of staff were told on Friday that they would be made redundant. Everyone who has booked to be married at the famed wedding and reception venue has been informed of developments and refunded.
One couple had no time to make alternative arrangements and their ceremony on January 4 will be honoured. Two forthcoming Christmas party nights at the hotel have been sold out , according to its website.
Once a private home – former owners included the prominent local Sclater family – Newick Park has been a hotel and restaurant for nearly 20 years after undergoing lavish and substantial refurbishment with advice from English Heritage.