Old Whyly

East Hoathly, Sussex

‘You are essentially staying in someone’s beautiful farmhouse, with an exquisite garden and delicious breakfast. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘You are essentially staying in someone’s beautiful farmhouse, with an exquisite garden and delicious breakfast.’ A reader reaffirms her support this year for Sarah Burgoyne’s ‘wonderful’ B&B. A Georgian red brick manor house, it adjoins a private estate near Lewes. Interiors are filled with period furnishings, paintings, family possessions. Spacious, tranquil country house bedrooms have Irish linen, Egyptian cotton sheets, wool blankets. In summer you can take tea beneath a vine-covered pergola, swim in the outdoor pool, work up an appetite on the tennis court. At night the hostess, who took a cookery course in Paris, serves a three-course dinner, by candlelight or alfresco. Guests gather for drinks before sitting down to, for example, fresh figs, buffalo mozzarella, wild rocket; pork fillet, apples, prunes, mashed potato; wild blackberry jelly with double cream. Breakfast brings orchard fruits, honey from the hives, eggs from free-roaming hens and ducks. With Glyndbourne just four miles away, it’s a perfect spot for opera buffs: ‘Her tiffin box picnics continue to be the best.’ Don’t turn up too late. ‘It’s worth arriving in time for tea and home-baked cake.’ (Catrin Treadwell)

Hotel details

Address

London Road
East Hoathly
Sussex
BN8 6EL
England

Telephone

01825 840216

Bedrooms

4.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in drawing room, not in dining room or unattended in bedrooms.

Credit cards

none.

Prices

per room B&B £98–£150, D,B&B £136–£188. Set dinner £38, hamper £40 per person. 1-night bookings may be refused at weekends in summer season.

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