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Reviewed 14 July 2020

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.

Date of stay: July 2020
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Thank ChrisBD
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Reviewed 26 April 2020 via mobile

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.

Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank sbizzle
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Reviewed 15 January 2020

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!

Date of stay: December 2019
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Thank Francesca3325
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Reviewed 9 October 2019 via mobile

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

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank JulieB12017
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Reviewed 8 October 2019

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

Date of stay: September 2019
1  Thank Rcheall
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