Crossways Hotel

Perennial visitors reported ‘a warm welcome’ from Clive James and David Stott at their restaurant-with-rooms – ‘a cherished institution to many Glyndebourne regulars’ – at the foot of the South Downs. More

Contact details

Crossways Hotel
Lewes Road
Wilmington
Sussex
BN26 5SG
England
01323 482 455

Hotel information

Bedrooms

7. Plus self-catering cottage and apartment.

Open

all year except 21 Dec-late Jan, restaurant closed Sun/Mon.

Facilities

breakfast room, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 2-acre grounds (duck pond), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

occasionally, in dining areas.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £85, double £150-£175, D,B&B £220-£240. Set dinner £43.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Perennial visitors reported ‘a warm welcome’ from Clive James and David Stott at their restaurant-with-rooms – ‘a cherished institution to many Glyndebourne regulars’ – at the foot of the South Downs. Fans return for the hosts’ ‘attention to simple things, like chilling our bottle of wine before we set off for the opera, and their easy (but never intrusive) conversation. It’s a cheerful, meticulously informal place.’ Individually styled bedrooms, ‘clean, comfortable’, are supplied with ‘well-judged details’: fresh milk in the fridge; earplugs to buffer the ‘discreet hum’ from the nearby road. Each has a new bathroom. In the intimate dining room, local meat and game feature in David Stott’s ‘seasonal, generous dinners’, as well as ‘nightly-changing, locally landed fish’ from Hastings. Breakfast is ‘generous and freshly cooked, though the coffee probably wouldn’t keep you awake for long (our only gripe)’. Glyndebourne-goers are well catered for, ‘even at short notice’, thanks to the hosts’ ‘finely tuned awareness of the timetable of an evening at the opera’. If opera is off the cards, perhaps a wander in the ‘enticing’ gardens. ‘Excellent value overall.’ (Richard Parish, and others)

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Crossways Hotel
Lewes Road
Wilmington
Sussex
BN26 5SG

Guest comments

'We could not fault anything. David Stott was very friendly, and throughout the stay attentive, provided drinks when we returned later at night after the opera. But traffic noise was heard, especially in the summer with open windows .The style of the house is traditional, décor in a time warp, Our rooms were quite small, the whole place intimate, cosy, tables close together. More like a private house than a hotel. No lounge to sit in, except out in the garden. ' - Carol Jackson - July, 2018
'A unique delight. The perfect balance between truly splendid food,including dinners, which are a special occasion, and unassuming comfort. The unostentatious breakfasts are also a joy. An atmosphere of repose and tranquillity along with informal laughter and the friendliest of welcomes. ' - Ann Lawson Lucas - June, 2018
'A warm welcome. Room clean and comfortable. The mix of opera-goers and local diners seems to be the norm. Dinner is excellent value. Generous and freshly cooked breakfast. This is a cherished institution to many Glyndebourne regulars.. ' - Richard Parish - August, 2017

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