It was 60 years ago this year, in 1958, that Peter Herbert opened this Elizabethan manor and its famous gardens as a hotel. A classic of its kind, it’s now in the caring hands of Jeremy and Elizabeth Hosking, who have kept its integrity intact while beautifully renovating and subtly modernising. Today’s furnishings look elegant, fresh and attractive, but the feel remains the same: the unhurried calm, the polite but chatty staff, the profusion of naturally arranged flowers, and the smell of linseed oil and wood smoke from great open hearths. Andrew Thomason is the consummate general manager, while George Blogg’s Michelin-starred food, served in the stunning, glass-fronted dining room, is an accomplished delight. Best of all, the gardens have been restored to their former glory, thanks to a dedicated team headed by Tom Coward. They are quite wonderful and transform lunch on the terrace into an unforgettable treat.
Doubles from £275
+44 (0)1342 810567; gravetyemanor.co.uk
At our Michelin starred Restaurant – Gravetye Garden Salad, changing throughout the depending on what’s in season our kitchen garden
Antiques, Midhurst or Antiques Fairs at the South of England show ground
CLAIM TO FAME
The garden at Gravetye, spanning 35 acres, was originally created by visionary gardener William Robinson in 1885 and is now considered one of the most important historic gardens in England.
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