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Hidden in the folds of the Sussex countryside, Horsted Place has stacks of regal appeal. A regular host to the royal family, it has a myrtle tree grown from a sprig from Queen Victoria's wedding bouquet. Dine in the two AA rosette restaurant or take afternoon tea on the lawn.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Hidden away behind a copse of leafy oak trees off the A26, the house near Little Horsted village is set in beautifully manicured gardens and has views over the East Sussex National's two championship golf courses. It's six miles from the prestigious Glyndebourne Opera House, which is a big draw for many guests in summer. It's a ten-minute cab ride from Uckfield station and there's plenty of parking on-site.

By car: The hotel is 2 hours 15 minutes' drive from London, around 40 minutes from Brighton and just over 2 hours from Oxford. There is free parking at the hotel.

By train: London Bridge to Uckfield takes 1 hour 15 minutes. From there, guests can take a five-minute taxi to the hotel. Book trains to Uckfield.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The Gothic-Revival house was built in the 19th century, boasting an austere redbrick façade. In the Sixties it was bought by Lady Nevill, a childhood friend of the Queen who would regularly host the Windsors. It's still in keeping with the regal vibe with ancestral paintings, antiques and an elaborate staircase.

THE FACILITIES

Service is delightfully formal at all times. Guests can while away the hours playing croquet on the lawn or tennis. They also have free access to the spa and indoor pool, as well as preferential tee times at the East Sussex National golf club and hotel about a mile away.

  • Award-winning restaurant
  • Gardens
  • Lounge
  • Tennis court
  • Croquet lawn
  • Free Parking

  • ​Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

All rooms and suites are pretty spacious and decorated in that traditional country house style; think damask pelmets, dusky florals and plenty of plaids. It's a little old-fashioned but well kept.

Room types: Double Room, Junior Suite, Superior Suite, Portsmouth Suite, Windsor Suite and Nevill Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with shower, bathrobes, writing desk, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

After drinks in the drawing-room, dinner is served in the rather prim two AA rosette restaurant. A classic British menu with dishes like pan-fried scallops, monkfish and saddle of lamb are all very well executed - there are no unnerving culinary surprises here. Breakfast is just as formal with poached kippers, porridge and a full English on offer.

The restaurant: seasonal produce, elegant dishes, traditional roasts. Open daily for lunch from 12-2pm, and dinner from 7-9pm.

The Drawing Room: light lunches, sandwiches, afternoon teas and pre-dinner drinks.

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