Old Whyly

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In the East Sussex countryside, this Grade II listed Georgian manor house has medieval origins and a history spotted with drinkers, card players and deer poachers. Today, run as an upmarket B&B by Sarah Burgoyne, it is ‘better than ever’, say regular Guide correspondents this year. ‘The house is beautiful, the garden glorious.’ The ‘well-proportioned’ drawing room has a large open fire, books, paintings and ‘fine’ furniture. Decorated in country house style, the bedrooms have views of the grounds. Beds are turned down in the evening, and home-made biscuits and fresh milk left on the tea tray. Guests meet at 7 pm for pre-dinner drinks and canapés; communal dinners are served in the candlelit dining room or, in warm weather, under the vine-covered pergola on the terrace. An ‘accomplished’ cook, Sarah Burgoyne uses home-grown produce, and eggs laid by her hens and ducks, in her seasonal dishes. With home-made marmalade and jams, and honey from the bees in the orchard, ‘Sarah’s breakfasts are the best’. ‘Delicious’ picnic hampers can be provided for guests heading to nearby Glyndebourne. (Tom and Catrin Treadwell)
  • We stayed at Old Whyly again this week. It was better than ever. The house is, of course, beautiful, the garden is glorious. The picnic that Sarah Burgoyne prepared for our evening at Glyndebourne was delicious and very easy to carry; her breakfasts are the best. One of our favourite places to stay

    Catrin Treadwell, 02/09/2014

  • We think it is better than ever. Old Whyly is beautiful and comforting, even when it pours with rain. Sarah Burgoyne always gives a warm welcome. The breakfasts continue to be wonderful (home-made maramlade and jams are a particular treat). What is going from strength to strength is the quality of Sarah Burgoyne's picnics for Glyndebourne. They are provided in individual, lightweight tiffin boxes, a course in each of the layers. Our spirits were lifted.

    Catrin Treadwell, 07/08/2013

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Contact Details

Old Whyly

London Road EAST HOATHLY Sussex England BN8 6EL


01825 840216

Further Information




all year.


drawing room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 3-acre garden in 30-acre grounds, heated outdoor swimming pool (10 by 5 metres), tennis, unsuitable for disabled.

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all ages welcomed.


not allowed indoors.

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[2015] per room B&B £98--£145. Set dinner £35, Glyndebourne hamper £38 per person. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends in high season.