Old Whyly

East Hoathly, Sussex

It is more than thirty years since Sarah Burgoyne first welcomed guests to her Georgian manor house, ‘in enchanting gardens and grounds’, where ‘deer roam at dawn and birdsong is guaranteed’. More

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It is more than thirty years since Sarah Burgoyne first welcomed guests to her Georgian manor house ‘in enchanting gardens and grounds’, where ‘deer roam at dawn and birdsong is guaranteed’. New arrivals are greeted by the 'personable hostess' with tea and cake served on delicate vintage china: ‘These little touches add to the sense of staying somewhere special.’ Public rooms are ‘conservatively furnished in just the right way’, say our inspectors, with comfy seating and fine antiques. Spacious bedrooms are decorated in soft hues of blue and dusky pinks. One has a private bathroom across the hall with ‘a big, deep roll-top bath (no shower) and views across the garden'. Paris-trained Sarah serves a no-choice dinner, by arrangement, taken communally, after guests gather for pre-dinner drinks. At breakfast, 'she will cook anything you want', with freshly squeezed orange, new-laid eggs from the hens, honey from the hives. Monet would have been seduced by the views over a wildflower meadow at sunset. There is also a 'small, rather glamorous swimming pool tucked away behind a hedge'. ‘A very beautiful, romantic house and absolutely gorgeous location.’

Hotel details


London Road
East Hoathly


01825 840216


4. Not suitable for wheelchair.


all year.


drawing room, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), 4-acre garden, outdoor swimming pool (14 by 7 metres, heated June–Sept/Oct), tennis, unsuitable for disabled.

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all ages welcomed, extra bed £35.


allowed in bedrooms (£10 charge, not unattended), in drawing room, not in dining room.

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B&B doubles from £160. Set dinner £48, hamper £50 per person. Special rates for shooting parties. No card payments. 1-night bookings may be refused at weekends in summer season.

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Comments about Old Whyly

Two lovely nights. The house is beautiful, and set in wonderful grounds which were impeccably kept. There was a tennis court and swimming pool for the guests to use and lovely walks nearby.Sarah Burgoyne, the owner, was very hospitable, and a marvellous cook. Her cold beetroot soup was a delight. - Peter and Cynthia Boden - September 2020
We’ve just arrived back from another Glyndebourne trip to Old Whyly. It hasn’t, thank goodness, changed in any way. The house is beautiful, the garden is glorious and Sarah Burgoyne’s full English breakfasts around a communal round table are as good as you’ll find anywhere. Home-made stewed fruit and jams are delicious. The picnics for Glyndebourne are provided in tiffin boxes.Highly recommended, - Catrin Treadwell - September 2019
As good as ever. You’re essentially staying in someone’s beautiful farmhouse, with an exquisite garden and delicious (albeit communal) breakfasts. Sarah Burgoyne’s tiffin box picnics for guests who are going to Glyndebourne (for which Old Whyly is very convenient) continue to be the best and very easy to transport. Worth arriving in time for tea and a slice of her home-baked cake. - CT - October 2018
A beautiful house, glorious garden, comfortable rooms, delicious home-cooked food (three course Glyndebourne picnic and a hefty breakfast). The place is efficiently and charmingly run by Sarah Burgoyne. Highly recommended. - Catrin Treadwell - August 2017

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