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OVERVIEW

Top modern dining, a 19th-century garden and a wood-panelled interior dating back to Elizabethan times all come together to create a special experience at Gravetye Manor that works across the seasons. Perfect for a celebration, it's also a well-located retreat from which to explore West Sussex.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Gravetye is set well back from the road in its own beautiful 1,000-acre grounds. Its wider location also rewards the keen gardener with Kew's sister site Wakehurst a near neighbour. Borde Hill Garden, which has a summer sculpture trail, and Sheffield Park, celebrated for its autumn colours, are close by. There's also the vintage Bluebell Railway, several National Trust properties and Glyndebourne Opera.

By car: around 1 hour 30 mins' drive from central London, 2 hours from Southampton and 2 hours 45 mins from Bristol. Free parking with electric vehicle charging points.

By rail: London Victoria to East Grinstead takes under an hour. East Grinstead is an eight-minute taxi ride away. Book trains to East Grinstead.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

A game of two halves, Elizabethan Gravetye has all the wood panelling, ornate ceilings, deep armchairs, antique furniture and dramatic fireplaces you'd expect. But step into the restaurant and you're in a restful contemporary space - a glass room abutting stone walls and maximizing views of the garden.

THE FACILITIES

From parking guidance from the doormen to a historical overview from the receptionist and pre-dinner drinks suggestions from the roving sommelier, service was attentive without being snooty. In-room beauty treatments and local riding, golf and Glyndebourne tickets can be arranged. The main facility on site however is the garden, where guided tours are available.

  • Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Gardens
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The rooms feel suitably comfortable and classic, with thick curtains and deep sofas in traditional fabrics. Some higher category rooms have four-poster beds. A Nespresso machine and trouser press were among the modern touches. Bathrooms were smart but unflashy, with ambient lighting.

Room types: Classic Room, Deluxe Room, Exclusive Deluxe Room, Robinson and Gravetye Suite

Key amenities: garden views, ensuite bathrooms, TV & docking station, twin and double beds, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Gravetye's restaurant is one of the few in Sussex with a Michelin star. The portions are generous, and the majority of fruit and vegetables come from the garden - they're even incorporated in creative cocktails. Edible flowers are also used for decoration and flavour, for instance in lavender confit potatoes.

The Dining Room: Michelin-starred, kitchen garden produce, seasonal menu. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Menus start at £48 for three courses.

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