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Most famous former guests: Queen Mary, Gertrude Jekyll.
The 400 year old Gravetye is a gorgeous 17 room boutique manor house hotel near East Grinstead, Sussex, Gatwick Airport and just 30 miles from central London. It is surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of peaceful countryside including some deservedly famous Victorian era gardens, and it has one of Sussex’s very finest restaurants, the Michelin Starred ‘Dining Room Restaurant’.
They have 17 classically styled en-suite rooms and suites at Gravetye all of which are plush and inviting with super comfortable beds, deluxe soft fabrics, antique furniture, quirky period features and soothing colours and floral patterns all around.
They range from small single rooms through superior, classic, deluxe and luxury doubles and, largest of all, double suites which have a separate lounge area. Except for the single rooms they all are spacious, with the largest of the doubles, the luxury doubles being not much smaller than the more expensive suites, and so perhaps offer better value. Check your options on the booking page here.
They all come with garden views and the gardens here are among the most famous in England. Designed in 1885 by its former owner, and one of the world’s most renowned gardeners, William Robinson, they are recognised as being the country’s first example of the, very radical for the time, concept of the ‘Wild Garden’.
They are wonderful to stroll around and the vast estate has acres of orchards, meadows and wild woodland to explore as well as a beautifully quaint croquet lawn.
Part of the estate serves as a kitchen garden for their award winning restaurant, ‘The Dining Room’. The food here can be described as creative modern English with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. To quote them directly: ‘Every single ingredient we use has either been grown in our Kitchen Garden, or sourced from a trusted, local supplier.” The service and presentation are excellent, as are the wines, and the atmosphere, though reasonably formal, is warm and welcoming.
Note: Gravetye has only 17 rooms an is immensely popular so early booking is very much advised! Also, only children over the age of seven are allowed to stay.
Check out all the details – prices, reviews and more photos – on the booking page here.
The Gravetye Estate is outside the medieval market town of East Grinstead, Sussex, less than 10 miles from Gatwick Airport, 20 from Royal Tunbridge Wells and 30 miles from central London and Brighton, in opposite directions. Heathrow Airport can also be easily reached via the M25 with a journey time of less than an hour, and airport transfers to and from there, and Gatwick, can be easily arranged with the hotel.
“Gravetye is my absolute favourite Hotel. This was our 4th time here and we will come back! I love the house, the gardens, the food, the landscape and feel always very happy there….”
“The best hotel experience we have ever had. Gorgeous food, fabulous setting and gardens, very comfortable room and lovely staff. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and had a wonderful stay.…”
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