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“Perfect setting but needs a little TLC”

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Deans Place, Country Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Alfriston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 December 2013

Went with family and friends for a Dinner, Bed and breakfast weekend special. Had been before in 2012 for a family wedding and loved it then. That time our room was in the old part upstairs, those rooms have character. This time our bedroom was in the newer area and they def need a bit of TLC. That said it is a short walk to the beautiful village of Alfriston with great pub (numerous pubs!) lunch, nice walk along the river bank then back to the lovely bar at Deans complete with roaring fire. All staff are attentive and helpful. The restaurant food was delicious with a wide variety. An excellent weekend away and will be repeated.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

This hotel is well situated in Alfriston, a pretty Sussex village with interesting shops etc. The bars and dining areas are well appointed and the staff are efficient and friendly.
The bedrooms are a good size but those we have used are in need of an update as the bedding is old fashioned and the bathrooms are bleak and in need of improvement.

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Lovely hotel, yes a little tired, but beautiful surroundings, lovely, helpful staff at check-in, breakfast, especially Hilary on the bar who was very patient with our large party. Breakfast cooked to order was also delish, thanks....

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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Beautiful old house in a lovely village, right on the South Downs. Every room has a character and the staff are very friendly. Unfortunately, the hotel feels a bit tired and worn. Upholstery is worn out, the roof leaks and sound proofing is non existent. I'm sure it's very expensive to maintain, but unless they invest into it, the place will crumble...

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

It was one of those spur of the moment, “let’s get away this weekend”, decisions. The 50 miles or so through autumnal East Sussex seemed about right, and Deans Place in Alfriston seemed to be well favoured by other Trip Advisor members. We were looking for good food, a country setting and comfortable accommodation. We were not disappointed.

We were greeted by a helpful and friendly receptionist (who seemed to be on duty all weekend), and we quickly made our way upstairs (no lift – but just 14 steps) to Room 44 – which we discovered also incorporated Room 45. Were we going to be joined by someone else during our stay? No. We were assured that 44 & 45 was all one room. The double (45) was a very pleasant room, with deep armchairs. My wife deemed the bed very comfortable (an accolade rarely bestowed!) The twin (44) was a bit small, with just one upright chair, a sink and peeling wallpaper. The view from both rooms was picturesque: over the fields and woods to the south of the hotel. The bathroom was not large, but it was sparkling and entirely adequate. However, I was a bit nervous of the red-hot towel rail, which was just inches away from the toilet. The towels (“The Supreme Towel”) were gorgeous.

The hotel promotes itself as “the perfect rural setting”. The only thing that detracted from this was that our room was just above the restaurant – and I suspect the restaurant’s air conditioning unit. This whirred away for most of the evening until about 10:00 PM, just after the restaurant closed. Not a deafening sound, but it did distract from the peace of an evening.

Our lasting memory of Deans Place will undoubtedly be the food. I shall long recall the joy I witnessed spreading over the countenance of a fellow diner (almost certainly on the same dinner, bed & breakfast deal that we were on) when the waiter told him that he could choose three courses from anywhere on the menu. And what a menu. Firstly the day’s specials, then a separate vegetarian menu, then a standard menu (apparently changed monthly) and finally a dessert menu. Over the two meals, we enjoyed calves liver, rump of lamb, leg of duck and bream – all cooked to perfection and excellently presented “nouvelle cuisine”. An unusual starter was cuttle fish on pearl barley. Amongst the desserts, there was only one word to describe the chocolate marquise – “wicked”! It was pleasing that the waiting staff were happy to serve tap water – and even suggested this – rather than assume we wanted an expensive designer water. The meal was unhurried, but with attentive, convivial, service throughout. Try to choose from the specials if possible.

After dinner, we were invited to take coffee in the bar lounge: comfortable sofas surrounding a roaring fire, and deep coffee (and tea) pots. Returning to our room, how pleasant it was to find that our beds had been turned down.

For some odd reason, the breakfasts did not quite match the magnificence of the previous evenings’ dinners - the staff seemingly not adapting to the brisker tempo needed at breakfast. On our first morning, we were seated and left a menu. Nobody explained it was a buffet. OK, we were intelligent enough to work this out for ourselves eventually. After the initial orders were taken for beverages and toast, there was no subsequent offer to take orders for cooked-to-order items or enquire whether we needed more toast. This was all the more unsettling when we later overheard the otherwise charming waitress explain all this in great detail to a larger party on the other side of the restaurant. On the second morning, I decided that I wanted just toast and bacon. Surprisingly for a buffet, there was no guest-operated toast machine. Obviously my request for six pieces of white toast (for me) and for two pieces of brown toast (for my wife) completely fazed the staff - I had to ask for these three times, and even then, only one brown piece arrived. In mitigation, the weather was dreadful on the second (Sunday) morning, and I think all the hotel’s guests copied our bright idea of descending for breakfast at 9:00 AM.

Deans Close does not offer five star luxury (with lots of services that I would never use), but virtually everything it does, it does exceedingly well (with a slight lapse at breakfast!). I’m told it’s a great area for walkers, with the South Downs Way passing through the village. Deans Close is more than a country hotel and restaurant. It offers that old fashioned commodity, hospitality, and in buckets.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Welcoming, helpful staff; a pleasant atmosphere; a clean, comfortable room - especially the bed - with everything you need; tasty bar meals with a personal touch; good quality breakfast, with plenty to go back for! All this on the edge of a beautiful village with fascinating old inns and interesting one-off shops. You could easily spend two or three days strolling and relaxing here. The whole package is highly recommended! (Just watch for the hotel signs as you drive south through the village - we almost missed it in the dark. And look for the extension to the car park - on the right - if the one at the front of the main building is full.)

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

What a wonderful hotel.After a 17 mile wet and windy walk on South Downs , we arrived dripping on Deans Place doorstep. We were greeted with big welcoming smiles.Excellent staff and lovely hot bath in a comfortable, clean warm room. Loved the added touch of fresh flowers everywhere.
Breakfast superb and service too.
Wished we could have stayed longer but had to complete final leg of South Downs Walk to Beachy Head. We will be back.Alfriston beautiful village too.

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Address: Seaford Road, Alfriston BN26 5TW, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Alfriston
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Alfriston
Price Range: £74 - £159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Deans Place, Country Hotel and Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its origins in the 14th century this hotel is situated in one of England’s prettiest villages, set in extensive gardens with a stunning backdrop of the South Downs. An ideal retreat when visiting Glyndebourne, walking the South Downs, or visiting the attractive towns, villages and stunning coastline of East Sussex. The hotel has a heated swimming pool available from May to September and has direct access to the South Downs way. ... more   less 
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