NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Sussex Life|October 2020
Many of us are choosing to look closer to home for our holidays. Sussex boasts an array of accommodation to enjoy
Jenny Mark-Bell

GOURMET BREAKS

FLINT BARNS AT RATHFINNY

In beautiful countryside near Alfriston, Rathfinny Estate produces delicious sparkling wine from a Sussex Heritage awardwinning and RIBA-nominated winery. The original Rathfinny farmhouse, the Flint Barns, has been sympathetically restored into comfortable accommodation for visitors, accommodating up to 31 people in ten separate en suite rooms. Sole use for larger parties, private events and specialist tastings can be arranged (under normal circumstances). The Flint Barns Dining Room restaurant serves comforting weekend meals and sumptuous Sunday lunches, although this is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 – overnight guests can dine from the Tasting Room picnic and seafood menus instead.

Apart from the obvious delights of the wine, one of the key attractions of the estate is its walking routes: the owners have worked with the National Trust and the South Downs National Park Authority to open the Rathfinny Trail along Cradle Valley and through the vineyard.

Prices: Nightly rates from £135 for a double to £284 for up to five people. rathfinnyestate.com

TINWOOD ESTATE

Imagine relaxing with a glass of wine on your own private terrace, with views over the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines towards the setting sun. These lodges, neighbouring the Goodwood Estate, are sleek and modern, with some witty nods to the surroundings: headboards made from bottle corks and stools made from barrels.

All of them have a king-size bed facing towards the floorto-ceiling glass doors, which open fully onto an expansive deck with views over the vines. The fridge comes stocked with Tinwood wine and new arrivals will receive a bespoke wine crate with tea, coffee, fresh milk and homemade nibbles to enjoy with your sundowners.

Prices: £195-£245 a night. www.tinwoodestate.com/ the-lodges

GRAVETYE MANOR

This beautiful Elizabethan manor house, with its glorious gardens created by William Robinson in 1885, is a destination in itself – one of those places where you feel yourself decompress going through the gates. Add in the Michelin-starred cooking by executive chef George Blogg, and the sumptuously appointed bedrooms, and you have somewhere very special. Cooking focuses on the freshness and excellence of the produce, much of it harvested from the kitchen garden. Garden tours are available on selected days from March to October with personable head gardener Tom Coward. Prices: Autumn Abloom offer – £255 B&B in October and £238 in November. www.gravetyemanor.co.uk

THE GALLIVANT, RYE

This beautiful, laidback hotel enjoys an enviable location opposite Camber Sands.

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