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


16 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
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • 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

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
16 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

  • Explore the stunning surroundings of Alfriston when visiting Wingrove House! Enjoy a stroll around Alfriston Village or venture out to one of the many walking & cycling trails in the area.
  • Alfriston is an historic and picturesque village situated in the South Downs National Park, close to the Cuckmere River, Friston Forest and just three miles from the sea.
  • Wingrove House is situated just 15 minutes away from Glyndebourne, making this the perfect place to stay & dine when visiting for the opera.
  • Tour Rathfinny Wine Estate, located near Alfriston in the South Downs National Park. Established in 2010, it is now one of the most successful vineyards in the county.
  • Located just 10 minutes away from Charleston Farmhouse - the Bloomsbury Home of Art & Ideas. A visit to Charleston is a liberating experience. The decorated interiors and artists’ garden are more than a museum. Self-guided entry & tours available.