Gravetye Manor in West Sussex has been named Pride of Britain Hotel of the Year 2018 for delivering “outstanding hospitality in all areas including service, accommodation, housekeeping, food and overall luxury”.
Located near the village of West Hoathly, Gravetye Manor is a Grade I-listed Elizabethan stone mansion set in 1,000 acres of parkland. There are 17 bedrooms – named after the variety of tree species found on the estate – furnished with antiques and rich floral-themed fabrics.
The hotel is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018 and to mark the occasion is undergoing refurbishment which will see the creation of a new dining room – designed by architect Sir Charles Knowles in collaboration with interior designer Claire Nelson.
The hotel’s restaurant also holds a Michelin star under head chef George Blogg. Menus are seasonal with many of the fruit and vegetables sourced from the hotel’s Victorian walled kitchen garden and surrounding orchards.
Peter Hancock, chief executive, Pride of Britain Hotels said: “Each year our member hotels are visited by mystery guests appointed by the collection. Gravetye Manor and its dedicated team was found to exceed expectations in every single category – an impressive feat.”
Andrew Thomason, managing director, Gravetye Manor, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious award in the year that we are celebrating the hotel’s 60th anniversary. It is a wonderful accolade for the team who work so hard to make each guest’s experience both unique and memorable.”