“One of the last of the great, unchanged English country house hotels: privately owned, passionately cared for, timeless. Service is old school, fuelled by kindness and commitment. Decoration is old fashioned but full of character with very pretty bedrooms and interesting details. The modern British cooking is Michelin starred, the house an Elizabethan gem and William Robinson’s garden highly important. A treasure, perfectly placed for visiting the many fine gardens in the area.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Gravetye Manor is a truly enchanting place; both close to the pleasures of London, yet far from its hustle and bustle. This beautiful Elizabethan manor sits proudly amongst the winding pathways and abundant flower beds in the English natural and wild gardens created by William Robinson, the father of the English natural garden and a former owner of the estate. This quintessential English country house’s charm is evident in the wood panelled restaurant with crackling log fires. All year round, the sweeping countryside views, first-class cuisine and attentive yet unobtrusive service ensure an unforgettable experience.
What is there to do in the area?
There is a lot to explore around Gravetye Manor. From walks around the estate, over some of the greatest National Trust gardens in the area to the famous Glyndebourn Opera.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Full English Breakfast, a la carte menu, made to order
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
We offer unhurried classical dining in our atmospheric wood panelled restaurant, leisurely lunches in the garden, traditional afternoon teas and our very reasonable Daily Menu
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
The 17 bedrooms and suites are named after tree species found on the estate. Rich fabrics, fine antiques and hand crafted beds emphasise the classical beauty of the interiors, whilst floral themes bring the garden into the manor. All our rooms are individually furnished, providing the highest standards of comfort and are all equipped with flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
We accept children from the age of 7. And we do have facilities for extra beds in some of our rooms.”
If glorious gardens are your thing, then mark your card with Gravetye...
Originally published by Sunday Times (view article)