Old Whyly

East Hoathly, Sussex

‘The house is beautiful, the garden is glorious,’ writes a reader this year, after a return visit to Sarah Burgoyne’s Georgian farmhouse, so handy for Glyndebourne. More

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‘The house is beautiful, the garden is glorious,’ writes a reader this year, after a return visit to Sarah Burgoyne’s Georgian farmhouse, so handy for Glyndebourne. Interiors of this ‘delightful’ B&B are filled with antiques and paintings. Cheery fires burn on winter days. The bedrooms are spacious, pretty and traditional. One has a shower, another a bath en suite; two have a private bathroom. The gardens blaze with year-round colour, from the first spring bulbs through azalea time to autumn. Guests have full use of a hard tennis court in the orchard, and an outdoor pool with wisteria-draped pool house. They can take tea alfresco, and walk in an adjoining estate, spotting rare orchids. At night, Paris-trained Sarah cooks a three-course dinner, using local and home-grown produce for such dishes as curried squash soup, spring Southdown lamb and chocolate tart. Breakfast is ‘as good as you’ll find anywhere’, with ‘delicious home-made stewed fruit and jams’, new-laid eggs from the ducks and hens, honey from the hives in bee heaven. A picnic is provided on request. ‘Highly recommended.’ (Catrin Treadwell, and others)

Hotel details


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.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


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

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per room B&B £99–£150, D,B&B £139–£190. Set dinner £40, hamper £42 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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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide