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Old Whyly London Road, East Hoathly BN8 6EL England
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Old Whyly is a Grade II listed Georgian Manor house and part of the new concept of luxury boutique bed and breakfast private houses where guests are made to feel more like friends than customers. Offering charming accommodation filled with antique furniture and pictures with the opportunity to dine and experience outstanding food, Old Whyly is the perfect place to escape and enjoy the stunning countryside with its historic attractions of East Sussex in an elegant atmosphere. The long history of Old Whyly dates back to 1100 with the kitchen retaining its medieval characteristics. There are very strong connections to America and the English civil war. Old Whyly is a place for all seasons. In the spring the garden comes to life with rhododendroms, azaleas, daffodils and tulips creating a blaze of colour continuing with its flowering summer and autumn plants and trees. The lily scented terrace with its rose covered pergola is well used on sunny days and warm summer evenings as is the drawing room with the blazing fire in winter. You can also enjoy lovely walks through the adjoining private estate with its wild flowers and rare orchids at any time of the year. Guests can play tennis on the new hard court or laze by the secluded swimming pool with its wisteria covered pool house. This is truly a suave swipe at the old cliche B & B.
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Jo C wrote a review Feb 2022
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But if you’re looking for something a little unique – and more than a little exquisite – we thoroughly recommend a stay! My husband and I just returned from two wonderful nights at Old Whyly and could not have asked for more – or recommend it higher. We arrived rather frazzled (over two years since having time off our two small children, thanks to the pandemic) and it was honestly the first time we have been able to properly switch off and actually relax in so long. Apart from the historic charm and stunning beauty of Old Whyly, the peace of the place is palpable and from the moment we stepped in we felt so looked after and truly away from it all. Sarah’s hospitality was second-to-none, she even braved the recent storm to make sure she had the best ingredients when we asked if we could have dinner for a second night (as the first had been so good!). Dinner was AMAZING (three courses, perfectly matched: beyond-delicious duck, heavenly chicken.. plus divine starters and puddings!), I had to stop myself asking for every single recipe! Breakfast was equally scrumptious (freshly squeezed orange juice, a full-English as good it should be (but rarely is), gorgeous homemade jams and marmalade, beautiful poached plums and yoghurt. We shall cherish the memories of our evening G&T’s by the fire, our lovely chats with Sarah, the peaceful nights’ sleep and the cut-above food (and of course our pat or three with Puzzle the cocker spaniel), plus our walks in the wonderful surroundings. Sarah’s recommendations of things to do, places to walk and local pubs, were also spot on. I don’t say this lightly as die-hard Londoners – but our stay with Sarah has even inspired us to consider moving to the countryside from London! The only negative I can think of was having to leave. We shall definitely be back.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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oldhands186338 wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
Old Whyly is a beautiful Georgian set in a lovely garden. The accommodation is very comfortable and spacious, with attention to detail. Sarah and her staff give you a warm welcome and a delicious dinner if requested. The large round dining room table makes the mealtimes sociable and convivial.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Graham W wrote a review Jul 2020
Godalming, United Kingdom3 contributions
My wife and I stayed at Old Whyly for two nights. We were met with a warm welcome. Sarah was a wonderful host. So much thought had gone into every aspect of the B and B experience. Nothing was too much trouble, the food was excellent and serviced with style, but in a very relaxed and personable way. From the tea and cake on arrival, to the G n T on the lovely terrace and yummy dinner, the relaxing swim in the pool all set in a beautiful house and gardens, we had a wonderful stay. We would recommend Old Whyly to anyone wanting to treat themselves to a night or two away from home.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ChrisBD wrote a review Jul 2020
Etchingham, United Kingdom158 contributions100 helpful votes
Stayed here for 3 nights for a rest and escape post lockdown. Sarah is a wonderful host we were made to feel very welcome. Our room was very comfortable and clean, with a lovely view. The house and grounds are beautiful. Sarah is an amazing cook , the food was delicious. Interesting conversations over dinner with fellow guests made for a very relaxing and enjoyable break. Lea the housekeeper was very efficient and our needs were always met. We look forward to returning in the winter.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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sbizzle wrote a review Apr 2020
Ludlow, United Kingdom1472 contributions339 helpful votes
You are stunned by Old Whyly even as you approach, as it is such a beautiful building. The gardens and planting are superb, and it took me 10 minutes just to get to the front door, I was taking so many photographs! Sarah is a charming host, and her house is impeccably decorated. When we arrived we were offered a fabulous lemon drizzle cake with tea. If you have dinner in, (which I recommend as Sarah’s cooking is restaurant standard), do be prepared to mingle and eat with other guests. This was actually fun! (And I’m normally quite antisocial ) There is delicious tea in the room, and proper sheets and blankets on the bed- not duvets! I would not hesitate to recommend and I hope to go back before too long. It was a truly restful, and in every sense enjoyable stay.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Francesca3325 wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom57 contributions2 helpful votes
We came here for a weekend retreat from London and it was well worth it. The house itself is stunning with spacious rooms and beautiful gardens in a very quiet spot that is superbly located for local walks. Sarah was a charming conversationalist, and a warm, and helpful host, with in-depth knowledge of the best places to eat and visit in the area including recommended walks. Sarah is also an excellent cook. Highlights of our stay included drinks by the fire made specially for us, tea and cake following our day out in the cold, and the delicious dinner prepared with our dietary needs taken into account. The South Downs are a beautiful part of England and there could not be a better place to explore this area from than the Old Whyly - the perfect blend of stately and comfortable. Would definitely stay here again and would be very keen to return in summer to experience the stunning garden. Also an ideal place to stay for those attending Glyndebourne. Highly recommend. Thank you, Sarah!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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JulieB12017 wrote a review Oct 2019
Derbyshire, United Kingdom17 contributions2 helpful votes
Staying here for 2 nights recently to explore an area we hadn't visited before. Greeted by our host, Sarah,we were offered tea and lovely lemon cake in the drawing room. Our room was huge with everything we needed and overlooking the front garden where we could see the squirrels and birds in the trees. The gardens are beautiful, colourful and so well tended. It was a pleasure walking around exploring them. There are plenty of places to sit too and take it all in. Sarah cooked a delightful 3 course dinner each night which was amazing and so well presented in a lovely candlelit dining room. Canopés and drinks served before and a great wine list at really good prices to tempt you. Breakfast was lovely too with an array of choices to begin followed by a full english if you choose to. The poached eggs were the best I've had and the 'proper' bread toast and fruit compote are to note. The house itself is stunning, beautifully decorated with gorgeous antique furniture which fits so well. Sarah is attentive without being imposing. Just what you need on holiday. It is very quiet here, no road noise to keep you awake. Thank you Sarah for having us, we hope to return some day. Julie
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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R.Cheall wrote a review Oct 2019
Carshalton, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
Great stay we couldn’t have wished for more. We booked the whole house for a family wedding down the road, both Laya and Sarah were charming hosts. They could not have been more helpful. We would not hesitate to recommend a stay at Old Whyly. Book it ASAP
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Ben Langford-Archer wrote a review Oct 2019
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Such a beautiful House and gardens- it was the perfect city escape we hoped for and more. Would highly recommend to anyone. A warm welcome from Sarah and Puzzle (the dog) with tea and lemon drizzle cake. Our room was beautiful, very spacious with an en suite. We went to a great pub for dinner, the food was exceptional and good cosy pub vibes. The breakfast was delicious and we would love to return with friends to enjoy more of Sarah's cooking. 5 stars all round!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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t0pcat17 wrote a review Oct 2019
Chipstead, United Kingdom12 contributions8 helpful votes
This is a hidden gem with the most stylish rooms in a beautiful Georgian house. Sarah is an exceptional host. We were fortunate enough to be able to have the use of all the bedrooms for the weekend of our daughter’s wedding in Sussex. Sarah, ably assisted by Leya, provided us with excellent breakfasts, and delicious evening meals. We were made to feel very welcome and felt very relaxed throughout the whole of the wedding weekend. The bedrooms were large, very clean, excellent showers (good water pressure), and comfortable beds. The gardens are really well maintained. A first class B&B
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Whyly
Which popular attractions are close to Old Whyly?
Nearby attractions include Encryption Escape Rooms (7.3 km), Urban Jump Trampoline Park (7.4 km), and Raystede (4.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Old Whyly?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Old Whyly?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Old Whyly?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Old Whyly?
Conveniently located restaurants include Amira's Kitchen, Pilio, and The Village Shop & Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Old Whyly?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Old Whyly located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of East Hoathly.
Are pets allowed at Old Whyly?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Old Whyly?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Laughton Place (6.3 km).