Gravetye Manor

East Grinstead, West Sussex

Deep in the Sussex countryside, a romantic Elizabethan manor house, built by an ironmaster for his bride, stands amid 1,000 acres of historically important gardens, pleasure grounds and woodland. More

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Deep in the Sussex countryside, a romantic Elizabethan manor house, built by an ironmaster for his bride, stands amid 1,000 acres of historically important gardens, pleasure grounds and woodland. It is a ‘magnificent venue’ to enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine; ‘it is expensive but that is a choice’. Oak-panelled public rooms are filled with antiques; staff are ‘effective, friendly, well trained’ and ‘luggage was whisked away’. In the dining room, George Blogg’s elegant menus ‘continue to excel’, featuring produce from orchard and kitchen garden in dishes such as cod, caviar, baby gem and seaweed, or Herwick hogget with sweetbread, turnip and leek. A reader notes that during the ‘three-night stay the menu was not changed’. Beyond glass walls, flowers overspill borders laid out by William Robinson, pioneer of wild and natural gardening, who lived here until his death in 1935. ‘Gardens as impeccable as the interiors.’ Bedrooms are ‘deeply traditional English’ perhaps with dual-aspect windows, a four-poster bed. ‘From arrival to departure, our stay was magical.’ It is a Relais & Châteaux hotel. (Ian and Francine Walsh, Anthony Bradbury, and others)

Hotel details


Vowels Lane
West Hoathly
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4LJ


01342 810567




all year.


2 lounges, bar, restaurant (vegan/veg menus), 2 private dining rooms, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, 1,000-acre grounds (woodland, ornamental and kitchen gardens, meadow, orchard, lake, croquet lawn, glasshouses), EV charging, restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in bar.


not under 7, extra bed £65.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £405, singles from £275. Fixed-price dinner £125. 1-night bookings sometimes refused at weekends.

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Comments about Gravetye Manor

Everything was of a very high standard, the large room and large bathroom with bath, two basins and walk in shower, attractive green view. Very polite, friendly and helpful staff, superb food in the conservatory style restaurant. Superb gardens with lake and other amenities. Highly recommended. - Mrs E Gould - September 2021
This was our first stay at Gravetye Manor;. Our room was beautiful; old, but with everything we needed, though the bathroom was a little small. The restaurant, food, and service were both outstanding and memorable, and the fusion of new and old architecture has worked well. - Roderic Rennison - March 2021
Another enjoyable stay at Gravetye. The food was exceptional and our room well appointed (despite being one of the smallest!) But what makes such a difference here is the staff. This was our third attempt at staying due to lockdowns but the team kept me promptly informed, were flexible in rebooking, and lovely throughout our stay. The complimentary mulled wine and morning coffee were the icing on the cake! - Yvette Peart - December 2020
Gravetye Manor ticked all the boxes, comfortable, beautiful, friendly, and great food. - Frances Thomas - March 2020
The hotel is absolutely exceptional - the professionalism of the staff, the very high quality of the rooms, the extraordinary garden, the paintings and delicious dinner. The new dining room is a triumph. You couldn’t fault it. - Jonathan Rose - September 2019
The new dining room is a tour de force; spectacular, wonderful and airy, a contrast with the previous venue. It offers wide views on the garden through ceiling-to-floor panes of glass, two of which can slide sideways to open on a new patio and the garden beyond. The whole place has been spruced up. The service was impeccable as always. The new menu is interesting. The gardens were breathtaking and gardeners hard at workad. - Ian and Francine Walsh - June 2018

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