Flora and Fauna
Although it’s situated close to Gatwick Airport and the M23, this enchanting Elizabethan manor feels a world away from the rat race, surrounded by 1,000 acres of fields, forests and its own stunning gardens (designed by Victorian horticulturist William Robinson). Inside, it’s a picture of cosseting luxury, complete with giant fireplaces, comfy sofas and a gracious wood-panelled dining room at the heart of things. Rising star George Blogg recently arrived from Hotel TerraVina in Hampshire to take charge of the kitchen, with a remit to indulge his fondness for seasonal ingredients: in addition to a conventional carte, he plans to introduce an all-day menu divided into categories such as ‘grown in our kitchen garden’, ‘foraged from the land’ and ‘from the smokehouse’. The hotel’s wine list is a real aristocrat, with fine pedigree on every page – so splash out and then repair to one of the lovely bedrooms. More details to follow.