Gravetye Manor

‘We have become addicted to this place,’ write trusted readers, following a return visit to this beautiful Elizabethan manor house (Relais & Châteaux). More

Contact details

Vowels Lane
West Hoathly
East Grinstead
RH19 4LJ
01342 810567

Hotel information




all year.


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

Background music

in bar in evening.


not under 7.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £278–£850. Set dinner £35–£50, tasting menu £90, seasonal menu £75. 1-night bookings sometimes refused at weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘We have become addicted to this place,’ write trusted readers, following a return visit to this recently ‘spruced-up’ Elizabethan manor house (Relais & Châteaux). ‘The staff go to great lengths to make your stay memorable, the welcome is always warm, the service impeccable.’ From classic doubles to deluxe four-poster rooms, the accommodation is ‘superb’. ‘The style varies from traditional Tudor to smart, modern but equally cosy.’ A ‘generous hospitality tray’ includes a coffee-maker and ‘delicious home-made biscuits’. ‘Huge log fires’ burn in comfortable lounges, while in the ‘wonderfully airy’ new restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open on to a garden patio, is ‘absolutely spectacular, a tour de force’. It hosts Michelin-starred chef George Blogg’s ‘exquisite’ dishes, highlighting orchard, kitchen garden and local produce. ‘Our excellent carpaccio starter was followed by a delicious lobster done two ways.’ Breakfast is ‘a total joy’ with ‘perfectly cooked eggs’, pastries, ‘whatever you like’. The ‘breathtaking’ gardens were laid out by William Robinson, pioneer of the natural English style, over his 50-year tenure, from 1885. (Francine and Ian Walsh, Bill Bennett)

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Gravetye Manor
Vowels Lane
West Hoathly
East Grinstead
RH19 4LJ

Guest comments

'Whenever a very “special” date crops up in our diary we make a bee line to Gravetye as we can’t resist it. You can’t beat this place. Total bliss, there is NO background music. Staff are absolute delightful, wonderfully trained and attentive to your every need . ' - Francine Walsh - January, 2019
'The new dining room is a tour de force; spectacular, wonderful and airy, a contrast with the previous venue. It offers wide views on the garden through ceiling-to-floor panes of glass, two of which can slide sideways to open on a new patio and the garden beyond. The whole place has been spruced up. The service was impeccable as always. The new menu is interesting. The gardens were breathtaking and gardeners hard at workad. ' - Ian & Francine Walsh - June, 2018
'We spent Christmas at Gravetye Manor again and I’m pleased to report that it remains an excellent place to stay. Service is impeccable, food is excellent and rooms are furnished to a high standard. Bathrooms are particularly well designed. ' - Bill Bennett - January, 2018
'One night of escaping from life's pressures to recharge our batteries had the desired effect. The gardens were at their peak of midsummer glory. The house was bedecked with flowers and garlands. Our room was well appointed, comfortable, quiet, with lovely views over to the lake. Dinner is tricky for me as poor health restricts my diet; they didn't flinch. All things at Gravetye are perfectly judged and well executed. ' - Wendy Ashworth - July, 2017

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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.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide