Built in 1598 by Richard Infield, Gravetye Manor was for his bride, Katharine Compton. The initials ‘R’ and ‘K’ can still be seen over the main entrance door and portraits of the couple are carved in oak over the fireplace in one of the bedrooms.
Gravetye’s most notable owner, William Robinson one of the greatest gardeners of all time, bought the Manor and the one thousand acres in which it stands in 1884, and it was his home until he died well into his nineties. It was at Gravetye that he realised many of his ideas for the creation of the English natural garden, the style of which is now admired and copied all over the world.
He made his fortune through writing about his experiences and ideas on horticulture. His most notable works include The English Flower Garden, which is one of the best-selling horticultural books of all time, and the hugely influential title, The Wild Garden.
Today, the current philosophy is to continue the philosophy of great country house hospitality and to maintain and nurture this historically important garden.
The 17 bedrooms and suites at Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead are named after tree species found on the estate. Rich fabrics, fine antiques and hand crafted beds emphasise the classical beauty of the interiors, whilst floral themes bring the garden into the manor.
From the Classic – Cedar, Elm & Oak – these comfortable and well-equipped rooms overlook the East Garden and drive as well as the meadow and lake to the South. To the Gravetye Suite – Willow & Pear – featuring a sitting room and two separate bedrooms both with king size beds; ideal for longer stays or families. All rooms are individually furnished, providing the highest standards of comfort and are all equipped with flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations.
From unhurried classical dining in the atmospheric wood panelled restaurant to leisurely lunches in the garden, from traditional Afternoon Teas to the very reasonable Daily Menu – you will be delighted and enchanted by the Michelin starred food regardless of the occasion.
A seasonal menu changes every month to reflect the produce coming in from the kitchen garden and the estate with a choice of six dishes per course available for lunch and dinner, every day of the week.
An exquisite Sunday lunch with friends and family, named as one of the “25 Best Places for Sunday Lunch” by The Times, or if indulgence is the order of the day, the Tasting Menu showcases the finest Gravetye’s kitchen has to offer.
And that’s all before you have thought about a spot of tea with a scone or two sampling Gravetye Manor’s delicious afternoon tea, served throughout the week.
From the immediate surroundings, Gravetye can spoil you with a wealth of things to do and see. Whilst peace and tranquility prevail at Gravetye, there is still plenty to see and do in the area. Whether it’s golf, horse riding or a ride on a steam engine, you are sure to be charmed by this picturesque corner of Sussex.
Nestled in the Sussex Countryside, means that Gravetye is surrounded by pretty towns and villages. Discover village greens, antiques shops and period architecture all within a short walk or drive. It is a garden lovers paradise with many renowned gardens in easy reach and numerous historic houses and castles in the area to visit.
Before you depart the area why not visit one of the local farm shops to take home a reminder of the wonderful Sussex produce.
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