The Old House Inn

Crawley, Sussex

Textured tartans combine with button-back banquettes at this wonky, very old inn. The food is robust modern, the bedrooms are in the barn


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


The wonky tiled roof and the black-and-white timbered façade draw the eye to this former farmworker’s cottage – and entice one in. It stands beside a B-road that services Crawley and Gatwick, so step inside and leave the modern day behind. The 16th-century Old House is heaped with charm, in latticed windows, bowed oak beams, wonky walls, sloping floors, and cosy nooks and alcoves. This is now a stunning modern inn with a new bar and dining area, transformed from a former faded French restaurant. We love the warm textured fabrics and comfy banquettes, the chunky leather armchairs by log burners, the fat candles on old dining tables, and the retro pub artefacts. Equally up-to-date is the menu, a modern British choice with pub classics (rib-eye burger with triple cooked fat chips and house slaw) alongside such dishes as chargrilled chicken, grilled halloumi, chilli, chorizo and Israeli tomato couscous, or lamb rump, pesto gnocchi, bean medley and mint jus. Rooms in the converted barn are named after local woods and sport earthy hues, big wooden beds, the best linen and down. Bathrooms are spoiling, two with claw-foot baths.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Open all day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Seasonal lunchtime offers available. Mains from £11.95. Dinner, 3 courses, from £30.


Nightly price
from £99
Extra bed/sofabed available £15 per person per night.
5 Doubles
From £99
1 Twin/double
From £99


Apart from the wonderfully close proximity to Gatwick I cannot recommend this Inn enough. We stayed one night before a flight to Pisa and enjoyed a superb meal beautifully cooked served by friendly staff. The bedroom had all we could need for our enjoyment. Would definitely stay there again

Jude, Poole

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Fiona Moucq

  • Gatwick is only a few miles away, making us the perfect place to stay before or after a flight.
  • The South Downs National Park is the perfect destination for ramblers and cyclists.
  • Other attractions include: Wakehurst Place, Arundel Castle, Royal Turnbridge Wells, South of England Show Ground...
  • London is only 30 minutes away by train