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Gravetye Manor Hotel Review: One of the first country-house hotels in England, this Elizabethan stone mansion was built in 1598 and still retains its baronial feel. The seventeen bedrooms and suites are large, comfortable and beautifully furnished --- and all are named after trees found within the estate. Antique furniture, hand-crafted beds and dark wood paneling feature in most rooms, along with silk and floral fabrics, while books and magazines are scattered around as if in a private home. Under new ownership, Gravetye has undergone major structural work without moving away from the property's original grandeur, with special attention being paid to the gardens, designed by William Robinson, one of the most influential gardeners in English history. For foodies, Gravetye isn't to be missed. One of its highlights is the array of dining experiences on offer, ranging from seasonal à la carte dishes to a decadent tasting menu to traditional afternoon tea.