Stone House

Through old stone gates and up a winding driveway, this 15th-century manor house is run as a country hotel by Jane and Peter Dunn. 'Well cared for and on good form', the home (Tudor with Georgian additions) has been in the family's hands for more than five centuries; original features and period-style furnishings give it much atmosphere. 'Not for those who favour minimalism', it has beautiful antique furniture, decorative china, family portraits, lovely fabrics. 'Perfection.' In the grand Georgian section and the older Tudor wing, 'every bedroom is comfortable and different'. 'We loved the extra space to lounge around in our suite.' Jane Dunn cooks 'top-notch' dinners using garden and orchard produce, and game and wild mushrooms from the estate. Typical dishes: carpaccio of Stone House fallow venison fillet, baby Adam's figs, Parmesan; lamb chump, rosemary, ratatouille. The extensive grounds have parkland, a farm, two lakes and a 'truly wonderful' walled fruit and vegetable garden; private footpaths wind through woods and fields. Peter Dunn, an 'attentive' host, is happy to prepare itineraries for guests; picnic hampers can be delivered to Glyndebourne. (AB, ZE)
  • I cannot fault it. All was perfection. Beautiful antique furniture, family portraits, lovely fabrics, carpet in the bathroom (not tiles). Baggage carried. Every bedroom delightful. Helpful staff. Mr Dunn, aged 91, a hospitable host. Mrs Dunn still cooks. Excellent food, if expensive.

    Zara Elliott, 01/12/2012

  • We enjoyed three very good and well served meals. Despite mostly terrible weather we felt the hospitality of this house. We were in the "suite" in the older part of the building and it was a bit drafty but still warm. The bathroom has one small tub with no shower.

    Tom Thomas, 02/05/2012

  • Very enjoyable. Gardens and grounds beautifully kept. Great of vegetables, so fresh. Excellent food. Mrs Dunn couldn't have been more helpful.

    Julia de Waal, 04/09/2011

  • Stone House has become an annual autumn weekend treat. Every room is comfotable and different - we had the suite this year, and loved the extra space. Jane Dunn's food is superb. Peter Dunn is an attentive host who offers a warm welcome and excellent advice on wine.

    Keith Irvine, 22/08/2011

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Local attractions

Sissinghurst
National Trust property, with famed gardens, created by Vita Sackville-West.
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
An opera house in the Sussex countryside, home to an annual opera festival between May and August.
Lewes
A quiet, coastal market town.

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Contact Details

Stone House

Heathfield RUSHLAKE GREEN East Sussex England TN21 9QJ

Telephone

01435 830553

Further Information

Bedrooms

7, plus 2 in coach house.

Open

all year except 22 Dec-3 Jan, 15 Feb-13 Mar.

Facilities

hall, drawing room, library, dining room, billiard room, free Wi-Fi, 1,000-acre estate (51/2-acre garden, farm, woodland, croquet, shooting, pheasant/clay-pigeon shooting, 2 lakes, rowing, fishing), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 9.

Dogs

not allowed in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2014] per room B&B single £112.50-£140, double £148-£280. Set dinner from £32. 1-night bookings refused weekends 16 May-1 Sept.