Gravetye Manor

East Grinstead, Sussex

Deep in the Sussex countryside, a romantic Elizabethan manor house, built by an ironmaster for his bride, stands amid 1,000 acres of historically important gardens, pleasure grounds and woodland. More

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Deep in the Sussex countryside, a romantic Elizabethan manor house, built by an ironmaster for his bride, stands amid 1,000 acres of historically important gardens, pleasure grounds and woodland. Oak-panelled public rooms are filled with antiques. In the dining room, George Blogg’s elegant Michelin-starred menus feature produce from orchard and kitchen garden, with foraged ingredients, in dishes such as roe venison, beetroot and red chicory; spring greens, hen of the woods, cèpe and wild garlic; crab apple, caramelised white chocolate and thyme. Beyond glass walls, flowers overspill borders laid out by William Robinson, pioneer of wild and natural gardening, who lived here until his death in 1935. Bedrooms are traditionally furnished, with signature floral fabrics, perhaps dual-aspect windows, a four-poster bed. Praise from readers is unstinted. ‘From arrival to departure our stay was magical. Such naturally friendly staff, with such a fantastic kitchen – every meal was perfection.’ ‘Best hotel we have stayed at in Britain so far.’ 
It is a Relais & Châteaux hotel. (Ralph Wilson, Mrs E Gould)

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 (vegan/vegetarian menus), 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.

Children

not under 8, extra bed £40.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £360, single from £193. Fixed-price dinner £105. 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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