Gravetye Manor

‘Classy, comfortable and tasteful, the house has kept its period character without being “old hat”; the rooms are elegantly furnished without being pretentious,’ say trusted Guide correspondents in 2016, of this ‘special’ country house hotel. More

Contact details

Gravetye Manor
Vowels Lane
East Grinstead
Sussex
RH19 4LJ
England
01342 810567
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

17.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, 2 private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, 1,000-acre grounds (woodland, ornamental and kitchen gardens, meadow, orchard, lake, croquet lawn, glasshouses), only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 7.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £260–£995, D,B&B from £405. Set dinner £40, tasting menu £75–£85, à la carte £67.50. 1-night bookings sometimes refused at weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Classy, comfortable and tasteful, the house has kept its period character without being “old hat”; the rooms are elegantly furnished without being pretentious,’ say trusted Guide correspondents in 2016, of this ‘special’ country house hotel. The Elizabethan manor house, former home of the lauded Victorian gardener William Robinson, stands in ‘impeccably maintained’ grounds. Inside, the lounges have ‘huge’ log fires, ‘plenty of chairs and settees’, freshly cut garden flowers. Andrew Thomason, the managing director, is ‘much in evidence’. ‘Housekeeping standards are high’ in the ‘sizeable’ upstairs bedrooms. ‘A lot of thought has gone into anticipating guests’ needs. Our kettle was refilled during turn-down; a copy of the Radio Times was left open at the right page, with the TV remote control on top of it. All much appreciated.’ In the dining rooms, chef George Blogg’s ‘delicious’ Michelin-starred dishes draw inspiration from the vast kitchen garden. ‘We enjoyed an exquisite parsnip mousse, beautifully tender duck, an excellent chocolate tart suitably offset by a sharp fruit sorbet.’ (Francine and Ian Walsh, Bill Bennett). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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Classic British Escape

May to September: Experience the quintessential beauty of Gravetye’s gardens looking at their best as well as the inspiring seasonal menus of Michelin starred Head Chef George Blogg. This overnight stay includes accommodation, three course dinner for two people and full English breakfast. Prices are per room per night based on two people sharing. A minimum booking of two nights may be applicable on certain weekends. £470 per room per night, based on two people sharing. Classic Room. Subject to availability. Sunday to Thursday in May, August & September. £485 per room per night, based on two people sharing. Classic Room. Subject to availability. Friday & Saturday in May, August & September and Monday to Sunday in June & July.To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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Gravetye Manor
Vowels Lane
East Grinstead
Sussex
RH19 4LJ

Guest comments

' Andrew and his team should be rightly proud of the notable accolades they have received. With only 17 bedrooms, but numerous public rooms, it is like being in a private home not a commercial premises. Every aspect of providing comfortable living is anticipated down to the hot water bottle and Radio Times with remote control left on the enormous bed by the evening turndown service. ' - NIGEL BARTON - October, 2016
'The ambiance is quiet and classy, comfortable and tasteful. The building is without par. The interiors are unspoilt and elegantly furnished without being pretentious. The gardens are impeccably maintained. There is a comprehensive number of attentive and observant. Our sizeable bedroom was full of light. There are lounges both at the font and the back of the house: one does not have to compete for seats. Our dinner was delicious. Plates were a joy to look at. Service was slick and pleasant. Breakfast can't be faulted, and the receptionists at bill settling time are very friendly. ' - Ian & Francine Walsh - February, 2016
'We enjoyed our Christmas stay. We were impressed with the standard of service provided by the, mainly young, staff. The Managing Director, Andrew Thomason, was much in evidence. Our room was large and well furnished. House-keeping standards were high. Food, was excellent. After checking out, we were given a carrier bag with a small selection of charcuterie, smoked salmon, cheeses and biscuits. "For your lunch, to save you having to shop on the way home." How very thoughtful. ' - Bill Bennett - December, 2015

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Tourist attractions

  • Hever Castle

    The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife.

  • Borde Hill Gardens

    Set within 20 acres of parkland garden, the planting schemes range from the formality of an Italian garden to the sub-tropical area of the Round Dell.

  • Bluebell Railway

    Steam trains through Sussex.