Old Whyly

East Hoathly, Sussex

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

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‘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


London Road
East Hoathly


01825 840216




all year.


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.

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all ages welcomed.


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

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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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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