Alfriston is a classic unspoiled Sussex village which attracts campers, walkers and tourists. There are a number of tea shops and pubs. Deans Place is at the edge of the village with well kept grounds and plenty of parking. It is likely to attract a large number of weddings and other celebrations and there is a diverse selection of guests. Like many olde world hotels it has it's disadvantages and if you are tall you may leave with a bruised head! Our room was above the entrance and did not have a good view of the south downs. We heard the occasional suitcase being dragged but this did not disturb our sleep. It was comfortable with a large double bed and there is a turn down service which is welcoming. There is not much space in the room and the bathroom was very small and uninspiring but quite functional. The furnishings all over the hotel are rather tired but well in keeping with the general old fashioned atmosphere. The bar is a pleasant intimate place to drink or relax on the settees and is certainly needed when it is raining (boots are provided if you go outside). We did not have dinner there but the function room seems to be used as a dining room sometimes and it is a rather boring area. The reception staff are efficient but not over friendly (there were no "Good Mornings" as we passed staff in the corridors) however it is at breakfast that the hotel exceeds expectation. The staff, and particular Luis, are very attentive and you will not wait long to be served. There is a full extensive breakfast and also included are various items by order such as waffles. The quality of the food was high and the dining room was light and spacious. The rooms were cleaned daily with polite and happy staff. Overall it was a good experience and would be a great place for a peaceful week-end away. There are 3 pubs in the village all of which serve food so you are not confined to the hotel and they are all within walking distance. We paid £140 per night including breakfast for a double room at the weekend.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Deans Place Alfriston
- Deans Place, Country Hotel And Restaurant Alfriston, East Sussex