Gravetye Manor

East Grinstead, Sussex

‘Whenever a special date crops up, we make a beeline for Gravetye and have never been disappointed. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Whenever a special date crops up, we make a beeline for Gravetye and have never been disappointed.’ Guide stalwarts vouch for Jeremy and Elizabeth Hosking’s luxury country house hotel, an Elizabethan manor house (Relais & Châteaux), surrounded by woodland, with gardens laid out by William Robinson, exponent of the ‘wild’ garden style. Andrew Thomason is the consummate manager, his staff are ‘charm personified’. Bedrooms, some with a four-poster, some more contemporary, have many thoughtful touches – ‘home-made biscuits, bottled water, a jar of sweets, books, postcards, orchids, Noble Isle toiletries. . .’ Another trusted reader, who last year asked for kiwi fruit, this year found some ‘prepared and waiting in the fridge’. Downstairs, ‘a splendid log fire’ was burning in a panelled lounge. A new, glass-walled dining room brings the gardens inside. ‘Magician’ George Blogg holds a Michelin star for such creative offerings as ‘out-of-this-world mini-beetroot meringues, partridge several ways, perfectly cooked veal sweetbreads, strawberry and beetroot soufflé with liquorice ice cream’. Breakfast is ‘everything it should be’. (Francine and Ian Walsh, Bill Bennett)

Hotel details

Address

Vowels Lane
West Hoathly
East Grinstead
Sussex
RH19 4LJ
England

Telephone

01342 810567

Bedrooms

17.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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), restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in bar.

Children

not under 7.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £278–£850. Set dinner £35–£50, tasting menu £95, seasonal menu £80. 1-night bookings sometimes refused at weekends.

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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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