Wingrove House

Polegate, Sussex

Good food and stylish bedrooms in an old-world village on the South Downs Way with Beachy Head and Cuckmere Haven both close


12 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


This beautiful hotel is proof positive that small hotels are infinitely lovelier than their big brothers. It stands at the end of a pretty village with an ancient church on one side and the South Downs Way passing on the other. You enter through a walled garden that leads up to a stone terrace, where wisteria hangs from the balcony and bamboo sways in the breeze, a lovely spot to linger in good weather. In winter you retreat to the sitting room, where wood floors, an open fire and painted panelling give a warm contemporary feel. Super bedrooms have cool colours, smart fabrics and robes in excellent bathrooms. Two open onto the veranda, the biggest at the back overlooks the churchyard, some have double-ended baths, others vast walk-in showers. The restaurant, recently refurbished, has a chic rustic feel. An open fire keeps things cosy on colder nights, a wall of glass opens onto a dining terrace in summer. Delicious food waits, perhaps locally smoked salmon, slow-braised venison, sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream. Walks start from the front door: Cuckmere Haven and Beachy Head wait.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: Enjoy a romantic break at Wingrove House in February and get Bed & Breakfast, a bottle of Prosecco in the room on arrival & Cream Tea by the fire all included in the normal room rate. Use code LOVEFEB

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Light meals from £6.50. Dinner from £16 (Mon-Sat). Sunday lunch from £16.


Nightly price
from £100
1 Cottage for 5
From £107
12 Doubles
From £100


Stayed for two nights last week to celebrate my wife's birthday. The balcony room was lovely and the whole house had a nice feel to it. The staff were very thoughtful and attentive, and we had an excellent meal in the restaurant. Would recommend without hesitation


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Adrian Reade

  • 15 minutes to the opera at Glyndebourne.
  • 10 minutes to Bloomsbury Group at Charleston Farmhouse
  • Situated in a historic and picturesque village
  • Plenty of walking trails & bike trails up through Cuckmere & the glorious South Downs
  • Rathfinny - a local wine estate newly established in 2010
  • Surrounded by Downland to forest to sea.....