Stone House

Henry VII was on the throne when the original timber-frame, tile-hung house was built by the Roberts Dunn family, whose descendants still live here. The later Tudor, gabled building with massive oak staircase and a Georgian wing, is run in a very personal way as a ‘delightful’ small hotel. It is traditionally furnished throughout, with antiques, paintings, family photographs, floral fabrics, chintzes, Staffordshire dogs. A log fire burns in the ‘gorgeous’ library. The ‘comfortable’ rooms are individually styled; two have a four-poster bed. The veteran owner, Peter Dunn, greets guests with old-fashioned courtesy and charm. His portrait hangs on the panelled walls of a dining room with brick floor, and silver candlesticks on the tables. Jane Dunn cooks ‘superb’ dinners using vegetables and herbs from the walled kitchen garden, game from the estate, fish from the South Coast. Typical dishes: nettle soup with wild garlic; saddle of wild rabbit, thyme and three-mustard sauce. Staff are ‘delightful’, grounds and garden – with two lakes and woodland – are ‘beautifully kept’. A picnic hamper on wheels can be provided for taking to nearby Glyndebourne. (Alex McTavish)
  • 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

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.
A quiet, coastal market town.

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Stone House

RUSHLAKE GREEN Sussex England TN21 9QJ


01435 830553

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all year except 23 Dec–4 Jan, 29 Jan–12 Feb.


drawing room, library, dining room, billiard room, free Wi-Fi, 1,000-acre estate (6½-acre garden, farm, woodland, croquet, shooting, pheasant/clay-pigeon shooting, 2 lakes, rowing, fishing), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



not under 9.


allowed in bedrooms, not in public rooms.

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MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per room double/twin £195–£290. À la carte £34. 1-night bookings refused weekends 16 May–1 Sept.