Need to know
20, including four Luxury Garden Rooms.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $147.79 (£113), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include a lavish Continental breakfast (including house-made muesli and granola, pastries and breads with home-made jams, yoghurt panna cotta, fruit, porridge, fresh juice and Matthew Algie filter coffee), and tea and home-made cake at 4pm.
The hotel's An Evening With dinners are prepared by renowned guest chefs or hosted by local vineyard owners. Tom Aikens and Fleur McCree have taken the reins in the past, so it's a must-try gastronomic fête. Home-made cake and tea are served every day from 4pm to 5pm too. If you've had enough sand between your toes, spend an afternoon in a deck chair in the coastal garden.
At the hotel
Coastal garden and shingle garden, larder, library of books and DVDs, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms, flatscreen TV, DVD player, digital radio, coffee- and tea-making facilities with fresh milk, pantry and minibar, free bottled water and Bramley bath products. Luxury Garden Rooms and Garden Rooms have direct access to the coastal garden, and a small alfresco dining area outside their back door.
Our favourite rooms
Check into a Luxury Garden Room, for doors that open out onto a quiet leafy patch and a small private seating area. Generously sized, these rooms have oak floors, a rolltop bath tub big enough for two and a large selection of books and intriguing knick-knacks – we love the vintage swimsuits displayed on the walls. It also has one of the hotel's famously packed minibars. The Deck Rooms are Hamptons-esque spaces with a very private terrace and stylish, shore-inspired decor.
Book a pampering session in the Beach Massage Hut, a serene, garden-set haven for treatments.
Blue, white and taupe to blend in with your coastal surrounds; beach-proof shoes suited to a hilly ramble.
A minimum stay of two nights is required for weekend stays.
Four-legged friends stay free in selected rooms, as long as the hotel has agreed the stay in advance. Dog bowls, baskets and biscuits are supplied. Pets are allowed in the bar (by day), but not the restaurant. See more pet-friendly hotels in East Sussex.
Under-12s can dine in the restaurant between 6pm and 6.30pm. The hotel has a list of reliable local babysitters for guests to contact independently.
Almost all (95 per cent) kitchen ingredients are sourced within 10 miles of the hotel, making its food miles pretty negligible. And some of the furniture was made by a local wood-recycling business.