There are exposed beams and feature fireplaces in this ‘beautiful’ Elizabethan timber-framed manor house in ‘peaceful’, well-kept grounds close to Gatwick airport. It is part of the small Alexander Hotels group; Katie Savage is the manager; the staff are ‘first rate’. Many of the smartly decorated bedrooms have an antique bathtub or a four-poster bed; all have tea- and coffee-making facilities, robes and slippers. Some superior rooms also have a private patio garden. Phil Dixon, the chef, serves modern European dishes, including a seven-course tasting menu, in the Mulberry restaurant overlooking the gardens; lighter meals and afternoon tea are taken in the lounges. Full English breakfasts have local pork and apple sausages; porridge may be served with a dash of whisky. 2 lounges (background music), bar, restaurant; terrace (alfresco dining). Civil wedding licence; conference facilities. Free Wi-Fi. 3-acre garden; medieval moat. Children welcomed. 22 bedrooms (15 in mews, a short walk across the hotel grounds). Per room B&B from £119, D,B&B from £198. Dinner £49.50, tasting menu £70.
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