There are some places that are so lovely you can’t stop thinking about them after you leave, and Gravetye Manor in West Sussex is most definitely one of those.
[Note: this review of Gravetye Manor in West Sussex was first published in 2015 and some of the details might be out of date. There has since been a new restaurant at Gravetye Manor and I will be visiting it soon and will update my review accordingly!]
It probably helped that I visited this luxury country house hotel – which is undoubtedly one of the best country house hotels in West Sussex, despite stiff competition – during one of the most glorious weekends of the summer, so even though I arrived all hot and bothered after three hours crawling along the M25, a mere five minutes later I was feeling wonderfully soothed and relaxed thanks to being at the stunning gardens at Gravetye (the gin and tonic probably helped too).
Visiting Gravetye Manor gardens
The gardens at Gravetye Manor are stunning and justifiably renowned: a riot of different colour and sizes and far removed from the formality of grander establishments. There are some tables on the main lawn but we – my mother was my lucky plus one for the stay – were shown to a lovely table round the side of the manor, in a beautiful courtyard overlooking a wild flower meadow beyond which was a sparkling lake.
Dining in the gardens at Gravetye Manor
With the traffic delay I had worried I would be too late for lunch but no, at Gravetye Manor food – as well as being served in the new Michelin-starred restaurant at Gravetye – is served in the gardens or lounge from 10am until 10pm which is extremely civilised, especially for a Sunday in the middle of the West Sussex countryside. The menu wasn’t just a ‘light bite’ option either but top-quality British food, from wild cress and nettle risotto to salad of seared pigeon breast. I had dressed south coast crab followed by the fish of the day, pollock, with summer garden vegetables and they were both as wonderful as the view.
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