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GRAVETYE MANOR, West Hoathly, West Sussex

At-a-Glance Guide

Relais & Chateaux
Babies & over 7s welcome
17 bedrooms inc 2 suites
bar, restaurant, private dining
2 lounges
1000 acres park & gardens
weddings/events/meetings
B&B from £260 per double


GRAVETYE MANOR, West Hoathly, West Sussex

THE PAST:

This exquisitely beautiful house was built by Richard Infield, for his bride Katharine Compton, in 1598. Their initials were carved into the stone over the main entrance door from the formal garden, and their portraits are carved in oak above the fireplace in one of the bedrooms. Somewhat less romantically the house was, at one time, a Smugglers' hideout; and, until 1769, its furnace supplied Woolwich Arsenal with 12-pounder guns. However, it is for the creation of a pioneering, natural style of English garden that Gravetye Manor is best known.
That garden was the work of William Robinson, recognised as one England’s greatest gardeners, who bought the house in 1884. He lived here for the next 51 years, and devoted them to transforming the surrounding 200 acres of pasture and woodland into gardens which would eventually extend to 1,000 acres. In the process, Robinson would also revolutionise gardening, with such innovations as mixed borders of perennials, the use of intensive groundcover planting to hide bare soil and of alpine plants in rock gardens.
Although he had worked in formal gardens in Ireland, England and France, Robinson was inspired by less-fashionable cottage gardens, and disliked formal landscaping, which he defined in his seminal book, The English Flower Garden, as ‘barren geometry’, and as carrying ‘the dead lines of the builder into the garden’. He wanted a simpler, more natural look, with untidy edges; and believed the focus should be on plants and their natural beauty, and that design should be led by their growth habits. All this, he achieved at Gravetye, with informal drifts of flowers, with ramblers and creepers, and with naturalised plantings that bled into meadows and woodland edges.
In later years, when age and frailty required him to use a wheelchair, Robinson continued to nurture his gardens. The house itself also benefited from his simple good taste. He had rooms panelled with wood from the estate, and enriched with fitting chimneypieces and fireplace furnishings.
William Robinson died, aged 96, in 1935, and Gravetye was left to the Forestry Commission. For many years, it was neglected; and subsequent owners replaced some of his flowerbeds with lawn.
In 1958, Peter Herbert arrived at Gravetye and was captivated by the manor house its magnificent setting. He established it as a leading country-house hotel and restaurant, and remained at the helm for 46 years.
The next owner was fund manager Jeremy Hosking, who acquired the property in February 2010 and set about reversing the gradual decline which Gravetye had suffered over the previous few years. Major structural and infrastructural work has been done to ensure that the house will remain standing for generations to come; and internal facilities have also been updated so that Gravetye can continue to offer great country-house hospitality.
All changes have been sympathetically done, remaining faithful to William Robinson's vision of Gravetye. Much-needed attention is being given to the historically important gardens, with a number of projects - including restoration of the kitchen garden – in hand, and more planned, both to conserve and re-create Robinson's work, and to progress the garden in homage to his experimental style of gardening.

THE PRESENT:

Gravetye Manor, a delightfully intimate and inviting gem in an idyllic and secluded rural haven, offers warm hospitality, first-rate service, excellent food and fine wines, along with its unique legacy of glorious and historically significant gardens. Its renaissance as a leading country house hotel was recognised when Gravetye was named AA Hotel of the Year England 2013-14 - the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK - at the AA Hospitality Awards. It was also voted Conde Nast Johansens Best Countryside Hotel 2014.

THE PLACE FOR YOU?

Yes, if you are looking for an escape to a rural haven, with good food and wine. If you also like history, you will enjoy it even more. And if you’re a garden lover, Gravetye is not to be missed, as a source of delight and of inspiration.
An enticing range of events is held here, some of which are detailed below. You should book early as a number of this year's events have already sold out.
Amongst the popular are a number of themed, seasonal Gazebo Flower Workshops held in the oak-framed Gazebo and hosted by the hotel's Chelsea award-winning Head Florist Sue Flight, which offer relaxed and informal way of enjoying the gardens as well as learning new skills. Group sizes are kept small to ensure that participants have maximum attention from Sue.

2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

A number of popular calendar events this year have already sold out - to avoid disappointment, do not delay in booking your place on any you wish to attend.

JUNE 5 FLOWER WORKSHOP
Try your hand at leaf manipulation and incorporating early garden flowers.
Starts at 9.30 am and finishes after lunch at approximately 2pm.
£75pp including the workshop, tea & coffee on arrival and two-course lunch with a glass of wine.

AUGUST 17 LECTURE AND LUNCH WITH HEAD GARDENER TOM COWARD
Thanks to the backing of new owners, a major restoration of the gardens at Gravetye was started in 2010. Overseeing the project has been head gardener, Tom Coward. Find out more about his treatment of William Robinson’s landscape,s and the ultimate success of one of the country’s most beautiful and productive hotel gardens.
Arrival from 10.30am, with the lecture starting at 11.00am and followed by lunch at 12.00 noon.
£78.00 per person, including tea/coffee on arrival, the lecture and 3 course lunch with drinks.

SEPTEMBER 11 FLOWER WORKSHOP
A parallel-style arrangement using flowers, berries and grasses and other garden treasures.
Starts at 9.30 am and finishes after lunch at approximately 2pm.
£75pp including the workshop, tea & coffee on arrival and two-course lunch with a glass of wine.

OCTOBER 3 FLOWER WORKSHOP
A fall arrangement with a contemporary twist using the rich colours of Autumn.
Starts at 9.30 am and finishes after lunch at approximately 2pm.
£75pp including the workshop, tea & coffee on arrival and two-course lunch with a glass of wine.

Please use the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below to request further details; or the BOOK NOW button to book places at an event.

As well as being just 12 miles from Gatwick Airport, and 30 miles from Central London, Gravetye is well-situated as a base for trips to Glyndebourne, Goodwood and the South of England Showground at Ardingly. The Bluebell Railway is just two miles away. Historic houses within easy driving distance include Standen (5 miles), Hever Castle (18 miles) and Penshurst Place (18 miles). Notable gardens nearby include Wakehurst Place (4 miles), Borde Hill Gardens (8 miles), High Beeches Gardens (9 miles) Sheffield Park (11 miles) and Nymans (14 miles).

NB Gravetye greatly regrets that it has not been possible to make appropriate alterations to this Grade II listed building in order to better accommodate clients with limited ability. There are steps to the gentlemen’s toilet, and restricted widths within. The ladies toilets are on the first floor, and there is no lift. However, it is possible to access the restaurant via slopes and without encountering steps.

THE PROPERTY IN DETAIL:

RELAXING
Gravetye’s elegant, comfortably furnished lounges are panelled with wood from the estate – work that was carried out during William Robinson’s time here. On cooler days, a open fire crackles invitingly.

EATING & DRINKING
Pre- and post-dinner drinks can be enjoyed in the panelled bar, the lounges, or out in the garden when weather permits. A discretionary 12.5% service charge is added to all food and beverage purchases.

Gravetye Afternoon Tea, comprising a selection of finger sandwiches, our own sausage roll, homemade treats, warm scones with clotted cream and homemade jam and a pot of tea, at £30; Ridgeway Afternoon Tea - as above with a glass of Bloomsbury Ridgeview sparkling wine, at £40; Champagne Afternoon Tea - as above with with a glass of Taittinger Brut Réserve, at £42; and Classic Cream Tea of warm scones with clotted cream and homemade jam and a pot of tea, at £12 are served in the sitting rooms or the garden every afternoon between 3.30 and 5.30pm. Also available are a selection of homemade treats, at £8, and tea or coffee served with biscuits, at £5.
Before ordering please make us aware of any requests, food allergies or intolerances that
you may have; we will be more than happy to offer suitable alternatives.


The restaurant has wood-panelled walls and an open fireplace. Hotel guests are served breakfast here; and the restaurant is open to the public, 365 days a year, for lunch from 12 until 2, and for dinner from 6.30 to 9.30. Advance booking is strongly advised for lunch and dinner, especially at weekends. Gravetye Manor does not permit the use of mobile phones in the restaurant.

Michelin-starred Head Chef George Blogg places the emphasis on homegrown seasonality: his modern British cuisine uses Gravetye's own kitchen garden produce.
As well, there is an impressive and extensive wine list, featuring no fewer than 500 bins of the finest classic and traditional Old World wines and, in keeping with Gravetye’s more recent guise, something new to catch the eye. Catering for modest budgets as well as those seeking a very special bottle for supreme enjoyment, wines are available by the bottle, the half-bottle or the glass. The knowledgeable team can offer help and guidance.

There are four menu options in the restaurant:
- the a la carte Menu with a choice of six dishes per course at £70 with vegetarian menu also offered, available for lunch Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays) and dinner every day of the week;
- a set-price Daily Menu, which changes every day, available for lunch Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays) at £30 for two courses, and £35 for three courses; and dinner every day of the week priced at £45 for three courses;
- a seven-course Tasting Menu, at £85, with a Vegetarian version at £75, or £140 with six paired wines available for dinner every day of the week;
- and a traditional three-course Sunday Lunch Menu at £45, is available on Sunday and Bank Holidays.

There is also an a la carte Lounge and Garden menu and wine list, available to residents only and ideal for those wanting a less formal meal.

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Private dining for small parties or private groups is also available at Gravetye Manor. Indoors there are two wood-panelled dining rooms, one seating 14 and one seating 20.
From May to September, the gardens and grounds surrounding the house offering several other delightful venue options for private dining, including the Oak Gazebo, in the Little Garden just in front of the manor, with views down over the meadow to the lake. Including use of the terrace area just outside, it is suitable for 8-12 people.
Please use the Make an Enquiry button below to contact the Events Team and request further details of outdoor private dining venue options at Gravetye.

For meal-inclusive packages, please see SLEEPING section below.

SLEEPING
Gravetye’s 17 bedrooms and suites are named after tree species found on the estate. Each has been furnished individually. All feature hand-crafted beds, fine antiques and rich fabrics which emphasise the classical beauty of the interiors; with floral themes to bring the garden into the manor. All have flatscreen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. Children aged seven and over are welcome, as are babes-in-arms, for whom cots and baby listening services are provided.

The three Classic Standard Double rooms - Elm, Cedar and Oak - overlook the East Garden and drive, as well as the meadow and lake to the south.
B&B rates per room, per nt: £340 (1 May-30 Sep); from £260 (1 Oct-30 Apr). SCROLL DOWN FOR DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST PACKAGES

The two Superior Double/Twin rooms – Beech and Willow – are well-proportioned with comfortable seating areas, and available with either a king- or queen-sized bed. Please note that Willow is normally only available as part of the Robinson Suite. To book individually, use the Make an Enquiry button to ask about availability.
B&B rates per room, per nt: £365 (1 May-30 Sep); from £280 (1 Oct-30 Apr). SCROLL DOWN FOR DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST PACKAGES

The five Deluxe Double/Twin rooms - Bay, Birch, Mulberry, Sycamore and Hawthorn - are large, light and airy, featuring dining tables as well as comfortable chairs. Some have double-aspect views over the Flower and Spring Gardens.
B&B rates per room, per nt: £460 (1 May-30 Sep); from £340 (1 Oct-30 Apr). SCROLL DOWN FOR DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST PACKAGES

The six Exclusive Deluxe Double/Twin rooms - Ash, Pear, Holly, Walnut, Chestnut and Lime – are Gravetye’s most luxurious and spacious rooms and have stunning views over the Flower Garden, Spring Gardens, meadow and lake. Some feature four-poster beds, others can be twinned.
B&B rates per room, per nt: £550 (1 May-30 Sep); from £395 (1 Oct-30 Apr). SCROLL DOWN FOR DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST PACKAGES

The Robinson Suite - Willow - features a sitting room and a bedroom with king-size bed, and is ideal for longer stays or families. The sofa in the sitting room can be turned into a bed.
B&B rates per suite per nt: £650 (1 May-30 Sep); from £485 (1 Oct-30 Apr). SCROLL DOWN FOR DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST PACKAGES

The Gravetye Suite - Willow & Pear - features a sitting room and 2 separate bedrooms both with king-size beds, and is ideal for longer stays or families. The sofa in the sitting room can be turned into a bed. (Prices quoted include Full English breakfast for four.)
B&B rates per suite, per nt: £1,100 (1 May-30 Sep); from £795 (1 Oct-30 Apr). SCROLL DOWN FOR DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST PACKAGES

All rates are inclusive of Full English breakfast, service and VAT.

SPECIAL OFFER DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST PACKAGES

CHARMING BRITISH ESCAPE - from £470 for 2
Take this opportunity to enjoy one of Michelin-starred Head Chef George Blogg's inspiring seasonal menus as well as the admiring the seasonal beauty of Gravetye's gardens.
Offer includes overnight accommodation, 3-course A La Carte dinner for two in our Michelin-starred restaurant and full English breakfast the following morning. A minimum booking of two nights may be applicable on certain weekends.
Offer price, based on two people sharing a Classic Room, is £470 per room per night Sunday to Thursday in May, August and September; and £485 per room per night Friday and Saturday in May, August and September, and Monday to Sunday in June and July. Offer is subject to availability.


GASTRONOMIC GRAVETYE - from £430 for 2
Enjoy the ultimate culinary experience at Gravetye Manor - a seven-course tasting-menu dinner for 2. Each menu has been carefully crafted by our Michelin-Starred, Head Chef George has carefully crafted to ensure that it represents the finest seasonal produce around, including produce from our own kitchen garden.
Package includes the dinner, overnight accommodation and full English breakfast. Package price per room per night, based on two people sharing a Classic room, is £430 Sundays to Thursdays and £470 on Fridays and Saturdays, in April and October to December; £495 on Sundays to Thursdays in May, August and September; £510 throughout June and July and on Fridays and Saturdays in May, August and September. A minimum booking of two nights may be applicable on certain weekends. Offer is available all year round, subject to availability.


CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservations cancelled or amended within 21 days of arrival are charged in full; however we do try to re-let the accommodation, in this event the client will be refunded, with a charge levied for any overseas currency transactions.

NO SPA BUT…
...a range of beauty treatments can be arranged in the comfort and privacy of your room.

OUTDOORS
The gardens at Gravetye Manor can be considered amongst the most influential in English gardening history. The manor became the home of the innovative and revolutionary gardener, William Robinson, in 1884. Robinson spent his remarkable life as a professional gardener and botanist, but made his fortune through writing about his experiences and ideas on horticulture.

The playground which William Robinson created, where local children used to dance on his birthday - and still do now to commemorate his special day - is good place for a fun game of croquet.

Four enjoyable walks in the local area, ranging in length from 30 minutes to over four hours, have been planned for guests by the hotel – with willies available for all!
Individual deer stalking on the Gravetye Estate can be organised by prior arrangement. Please use the Make an Enquiry button below to request further details.

It is also hoped that fly-fishing for brown and rainbow trout will very soon be resumed in Gravetye’s beautiful, three-acre lake, which is currently undergoing work by the Forestry Commission.

Golf is available at preferential rates (via hotel reception), and within a 20-minute drive of Gravetye, at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, founded in 1888, and ranked as one of the top 100 clubs in the British Isles by Golf World. For more information, visit the club’s website.

WEDDINGS
Gravetye Manor was built for a bride, and 400 years later the air of romance is still unmistakable. With elegant, atmospheric interiors, beautiful gardens and breathtaking views, the setting alone provides the perfect backdrop for your special day, whatever the time of year. Add impeccable service and exquisite food, and you have the makings of an unforgettable experience. Licensed to hold Civil Weddings and Partnerships, the manor suits intimate gatherings, but larger events are also possible with exclusive use of the hotel.
The Private Sitting Room is licensed for up to 16 people. The Private Dining Room is then the ideal place to have lunch or early supper following the ceremony.
The Main Sitting Room, suitable for up to 60 people, leads onto the terrace, and overlooks the formal gardens. In the evening, the room can be used for live music or a disco - this option is only available with exclusive use of the hotel. The Main Restaurant comfortably seats 60 for a sit-down meal - again this option is only available with Exclusive Use of the hotel.
Private Dining Room
This smaller dining room is situated next to the main restaurant and can seat sixteen people. Alternatively it is an ideal children's play/entertainment area at a wedding.
Private Sitting Room
For those wanting a small Wedding or Partnership this room has been licensed for up to 16 people. Our Private dining room is then ideal to have lunch or early supper following the ceremony.
Please use the Make an Enquiry button below to contact Event Co-ordinator Hannah Boulton and request further information or a wedding brochure.

BUSINESS
Set 1,000 acres of secluded Sussex Countryside, yet only 12 miles from Gatwick Airport, Gravetye Manor is the ideal setting for those important meetings requiring discreet yet luxurious surroundings. The wood-panelling and beautiful furnishings don't make for a run of the mill conference room, but do provide an authentic country-house atmosphere, along with air-conditioning, plenty of natural daylight and 21st-Century technology including high-speed fibre optic broadband. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel - no complicated passwords, no hidden extra charges.
The Private Sitting Room, measuring 5.5m x 4.25m, comfortably seats 15 in board-room style and may be reserved throughout the year. A conference phone, Wi-Fi access, photocopying facilities, projector and screen, along with flip charts and paper are available free of charge. Televisions and DVD players can be organised with notice.
The Main Sitting Room, measuring 9m x 5.5m, comfortably seats 17 in a boardroom layout, 25 in theatre-style or, left informally, 15.
The Private Dining Room, ensuring seclusion and privacy during mealtimes, comfortably seats 16. The Daily Lunch and Dinner menu are offered; the seasonal a la carte menu is available for up to eight people. At lunchtime, if preferred, a light meal or buffet can be prepared.
Delegate Rates:
Day Delegate from £100, inclusive of VAT, service, morning coffee with biscuits, Daily Menu lunch or working lunch, room hire, afternoon tea and homemade cake.
24-hr Delegate Rate from £320, inclusive of VAT, service, accommodation, full or continental breakfast, morning coffee with biscuits, lunch, afternoon tea with homemade cakes and biscuits and dinner.
Please use the Make an Enquiry button below to request further information or a brochure.

GETTING THERE

BY ROAD:
From London, take M25 south. Leave at Junction 7, and join M23 towards Gatwick. Leave at Junction 10, and join A264 towards East Grinstead. At the second roundabout, by Dukes Head pub, take third exit right towards Turners Hill and Haywards Heath. Continue for three or four miles, through Crawley Down and Turners Hill. Shortly after Turners Hill, take left turn, signposted West Hoathly and Sharpthorne. Take next turning on left into Vowels Lane. Gravetye’s drive is approximately one mile further, on the right.

From East Grinstead, head north on Station Road/A22 toward London Road. Turn right onto London Road/A22 and continue. Turn right at Railway Approach. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Brooklands Way/B2110. At the next roundabout, take the third exit onto Turners Hill Road/B2110. After approximately two miles, turn left into Vowels Lane. Gravetye’s drive is approximately one mile further, on the left.

BY AIR:
From London Gatwick Airport, take the M23 and leave at Junction 10, joining the A264 towards East Grinstead. At the second roundabout, by Dukes Head pub, take the third exit right towards Turners Hill and Haywards Heath. Continue for three or four miles, through Crawley Down and Turners Hill. Shortly after Turners Hill, take left turn, signposted West Hoathly and Sharpthorne. Take next turning on left into Vowels Lane. Gravetye’s drive is approximately one mile further, on the right.

From London Heathrow Airport, take the M4, signposted London/The West/Gatwick Airport/M25, then join the M25, signposted Gatwick Airport. Leave at Junction 7, and join M23 towards Gatwick. Leave at Junction 10, and join A264 towards East Grinstead. At the second roundabout, by Dukes Head pub, take third exit right towards Turners Hill and Haywards Heath. Continue for three or four miles, through Crawley Down and Turners Hill. Shortly after Turners Hill, take left turn, signposted West Hoathly and Sharpthorne. Take next turning on left into Vowels Lane. Gravetye’s drive is approximately one mile further, on the right.

Helicopters can land close to the hotel, by prior arrangement. Please use the Make an Enquiry button below.

BY RAIL:
London Victoria to East Grinstead is 54 minutes. There is a taxi rank at the station, and it is an eight-minute ride to Gravetye Manor.

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