Wingrove House, Alfriston, East Sussex
Head to Wingrove House in the picturesque village of Alfriston for a classic country escape. The historic building dates back to the 19th century and has been carefully restored to retain its period features and character. In the mornings, tuck into a delicious breakfast in the elegant dining room or relax in the cosy lounge with a book from the hotel's library. With its idyllic location and excellent facilities, Wingrove House is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside and beaches.
Rooms available from £170 per night
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A short distance from the vibrant High Street, towards the southern outskirts of Alfriston, the hotel provides a peaceful retreat. It's a five-minute leisurely walk into the village with its medieval pubs, tea rooms and antique shops. The renowned Star Inn, steeped in medieval history, is just a few minutes away on foot, along with the Alfriston Clergy House, which holds the distinction of being the National Trust's inaugural property.
Berwick is the nearest station, three miles away, while the beach at Cuckmere is a five-mile drive.
By car: The hotel is a 2-hour drive from London, 40 minutes from Brighton and 50 minutes from Gatwick Airport. There is free private parking available on-site.
By train: London Victoria to Lewes station takes around 1 hour. From there guests should take a connecting train to Berwick, which takes 10 minutes. Berwick station is a 5-minute taxi ride from the hotel. Book trains to Berwick.
CHARACTER & STYLE
Built in 1860, the architecture is classically colonial in style. There's a wraparound veranda and meticulously maintained gardens, reminiscent of the settings found in epic tales by Henry James. The interior décor embraces a palette of subdued greys and gentle greens, while adornments like deer antlers and elk heads add character and intrigue to the walls.
Wingrove House is overseen by a small yet highly capable team, skilled in the art of providing warm and engaging service while maintaining a high level of professionalism. During the summer season, they'll arrange garden furniture on the lawn and place wicker loungers on the veranda.
- Room service
- Free Wi-Fi
The elegant rooms have a stylish colour palette of greys, olive greens and creamy tones. Each room has a distinct character, featuring seagrass carpets, shutters and Art Deco-inspired décor. Some have vaulted ceilings and rustic exposed beams, while others provide easy access to the inviting veranda.
Room types: Standard Double, Superior, Deluxe, Premium Deluxe and the Churchill Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Temple Spa toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The restaurant is light, airy and rather modern compared to the rest of the house and we loved the seasonal menu and commitment to Sussex produce, like Sussex Smokie bonbons or local venison and pheasant. Head chef Matthew Comben hails from The Hungry Monk in Jevington and brings with him the Monk's original and magnificent banoffee pie recipe. The small lounge bar with an open fire and an impressive gin menu is great for a nightcap.
The Wingrove restaurant: European cuisine, fish from the grill, steaks, Sunday roasts. Open daily for breakfast, dinner Mon-Sat 6-9pm; Sunday lunch 12-3pm, dinner 6-8pm. Mains from £15.
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