Gravetye Manor

East Grinstead, Sussex

At the end of its mile-long drive, this Elizabethan manor house with glorious gardens and superb dining is, for many guests, the ultimate country house hotel. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

At the end of its mile-long drive, this Elizabethan manor house with glorious gardens and superb dining is, for many guests, the ultimate country house hotel. ‘Comfortable, beautiful, friendly and great food,’ said one reader. Everything about it is grand and traditional, from its gables and mullioned windows to the wood-panelling, carved ceilings, plush sofas and roaring fires inside. And masses of flowers – William Robinson’s Victorian gardens are famed for their visionary, natural approach. Enjoy breathtaking views of them in the restyled dining room with its walls of glass. The ‘exceptional’ Michelin-starred food – with produce from the garden – includes dishes such as quail with quince and pear, and Newhaven brill with butternut squash and wild mushrooms. There are more garden views from the ‘beautiful bedrooms’, ‘old, but with everything we needed’. Expect pretty fabrics and upholstered armchairs; some have wood-panelling or a four-poster. Staff are praised for their ‘outstanding and memorable’ service. A Relais & Châteaux hotel. (Frances Thomas, Yvette Peart, Roderic Rennison)

Hotel details


Vowels Lane
West Hoathly
East Grinstead
RH19 4LJ


01342 810567




all year.


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

Background music

in bar.


not under 7, extra bed £40.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £298, single from £179. Set 4-course dinner £95. 1-night bookings sometimes refused at weekends.

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Comments about Gravetye Manor

Everything was of a very high standard, the large room and large bathroom with bath, two basins and walk in shower, attractive green view. Very polite, friendly and helpful staff, superb food in the conservatory style restaurant. Superb gardens with lake and other amenities. Highly recommended. - Mrs E Gould - September 2021
This was our first stay at Gravetye Manor;. Our room was beautiful; old, but with everything we needed, though the bathroom was a little small. The restaurant, food, and service were both outstanding and memorable, and the fusion of new and old architecture has worked well. - Roderic Rennison - March 2021
Another enjoyable stay at Gravetye. The food was exceptional and our room well appointed (despite being one of the smallest!) But what makes such a difference here is the staff. This was our third attempt at staying due to lockdowns but the team kept me promptly informed, were flexible in rebooking, and lovely throughout our stay. The complimentary mulled wine and morning coffee were the icing on the cake! - Yvette Peart - December 2020
Gravetye Manor ticked all the boxes, comfortable, beautiful, friendly, and great food. - Frances Thomas - March 2020
The hotel is absolutely exceptional - the professionalism of the staff, the very high quality of the rooms, the extraordinary garden, the paintings and delicious dinner. The new dining room is a triumph. You couldn’t fault it. - Jonathan Rose - September 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 and Francine Walsh - June 2018

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Last updated: January 11, 2020