Old Whyly

East Hoathly, Sussex

‘A curling gravel drive lined with mature trees and wild flowers’ leads to this ‘exceptionally beautiful Georgian manor house’ B&B. More

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‘A curling gravel drive lined with mature trees and wild flowers’ leads to this ‘exceptionally beautiful Georgian manor house’ B&B. Our inspectors were greeted by owner Sarah Burgoyne, who served tea ‘in pretty china cups’ and cake in the garden. The interiors were furnished with ‘good antiques, large sofas, Victorian rugs, oil paintings, including a fine full-length portrait of Sarah herself’. Their bedroom was ‘spacious, with a big, comfortable bed, good linen, tea, coffee, milk, a few biscuits’, and a large private bathroom across the hall, with ‘a roll-top bath (no shower)’. The ‘sweet-smelling gardens’ had a ‘small, rather glamorous swimming pool tucked away behind a hedge’. Beyond, ‘a wild-flower meadow glowed in the golden evening light’. At night, Sarah cooks a three-course dinner, on request, taken communally. ‘The candles were lit, wine was poured, conversation flowed.’ If portions were modest, ‘breakfast was ample, with freshly squeezed orange juice, first-rate porridge’, eggs from Sarah’s hens, honey from the hives in the orchard. ‘It was a privilege to stay somewhere as unforgettably lovely.’ (IW, P and CB, 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 bedrooms (£10 charge, not unattended), in drawing room, not in dining room.

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B&B doubles from £130. Set dinner £45, hamper £45 per person. No card payments. 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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