Old Whyly

East Hoathly, Sussex

Set in 'wonderful grounds which are impeccably kept', with an orchard, hard tennis court and swimming pool, Sarah Burgoyne's 'beautiful house' continues to impress. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Set in ‘wonderful grounds which are impeccably kept’, with an orchard, hard tennis court and swimming pool, Sarah Burgoyne’s ‘beautiful house’ continues to impress. The former Georgian farmhouse is filled with antiques and artwork, its bedrooms traditionally furnished. Two have a separate private bathroom, two have an en suite. At night, Paris-trained Sarah cooks a three-course dinner of locally sourced ingredients. ‘She is a highly accomplished host and clearly a very talented chef,’ a reader relates. ‘We had lamb and sea bass, both faultless.’ Another reader found the cold beetroot soup ‘a delight’. Breakfast, too, is ‘simply lovely. All kinds of goodies, with an excellent cooked breakfast if you needed it. Juice from real oranges. Ample toast with very nice home-made jams and exquisite marmalade.’ Both children and dogs are welcome. There are ‘lovely walks nearby’ on an adjoining estate, and on fine days you can return to take tea alfresco. Wily old hands book well ahead for Glyndebourne and order a tiffin box. (Ian White, Peter and Cynthia Boden, and others)

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London Road
East Hoathly


01825 840216




all year.


drawing room, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), 4-acre garden, heated outdoor swimming pool (14 by 7 metres), tennis, unsuitable for disabled.

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all ages welcomed, extra bed £35.


allowed in drawing room, not in dining room or unattended in bedrooms (£10 charge).

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B&B doubles from £120. Set dinner £42, hamper £45 per person. 1-night bookings may be refused at weekends in summer season.

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Comments about Old Whyly

Two lovely nights. The house is beautiful, and set in wonderful grounds which were impeccably kept. There was a tennis court and swimming pool for the guests to use and lovely walks nearby.Sarah Burgoyne, the owner, was very hospitable, and a marvellous cook. Her cold beetroot soup was a delight. - Peter and Cynthia Boden - September 2020
We’ve just arrived back from another Glyndebourne trip to Old Whyly. It hasn’t, thank goodness, changed in any way. The house is beautiful, the garden is glorious and Sarah Burgoyne’s full English breakfasts around a communal round table are as good as you’ll find anywhere. Home-made stewed fruit and jams are delicious. The picnics for Glyndebourne are provided in tiffin boxes.Highly recommended, - Catrin Treadwell - September 2019
As good as ever. You’re essentially staying in someone’s beautiful farmhouse, with an exquisite garden and delicious (albeit communal) breakfasts. Sarah Burgoyne’s tiffin box picnics for guests who are going to Glyndebourne (for which Old Whyly is very convenient) continue to be the best and very easy to transport. Worth arriving in time for tea and a slice of her home-baked cake. - CT - October 2018
A beautiful house, glorious garden, comfortable rooms, delicious home-cooked food (three course Glyndebourne picnic and a hefty breakfast). The place is efficiently and charmingly run by Sarah Burgoyne. Highly recommended. - Catrin Treadwell - August 2017

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.