Vowels Lane, West Hoathly
The English Garden as we know it was first designed here by Gravetye Manor’s one-time proprietor William Robinson, the famed 19th-century garden designer. He lived at the house until the early 20th-century, and his legacy is still the main highlight at this intimate, 17-bedroom hotel. The walled garden supplies the hotel with cut flowers and all of its seasonal fruits and veggies, while the rest of the property—dotted with orchards and Azalea, Rhododendron, and Wildflower gardens—stuns visitors. Inside, the rooms are classically and elegantly turned out in Country chintzes to match the foliage outdoors. It’s an incredible escape during warmer months when the flowers are blooming, though the property is still beautiful (and cozy) in the winter. There's a lot to do, including garden walks, croquet games, or you can head to Glyndenbourne for outdoor operas in the summer. There are other famed gardens nearby, including Kew’s sisters property, Wakehurst Place.