The Shelleys, Lewes, East Sussex – Review

What could be more quintessentially English than the summer season of opera at Glyndebourne? Lounging around in black tie in the grounds of the country house before being entertained to Verdi`s Macbeth in a thoroughly modern opera house. The interval allows operas a full 90 minutes to return to the property`s gardens and enjoy a gourmet picnic. Champagne, strawberries, cheese other delicious goodies from the local deli or whatever you choose to bring.

An evening at Glyndebourne doesn`t come without considerable expense, so I`d recommend going the full hog and staying overnight in the charming nearby town of Lewes. We chose The Shelleys right in the heart of Lewes – a 16th century, Grade II listed property with a beautiful garden, meaning you can carry on the Glyndebourne experience of al fresco eating over breakfast the following morning.



The rooms are beautifully and generously appointed. Our room had elegant and antique looking furniture, a huge double bed and a charming bathroom overlooking the high street. The hotel`s restaurant, The Apostrophe, has two Rosettes and is the only Rosette-awarded dining venue in Lewes, meaning you`ll be guaranteed quality and great service. Here, you`ll be treated to the likes of pan fried duck breast with garlic mash and buttered leeks or likewise, to pea, mint and spring onion potato cake with spinach and saffron cream sauce.


Even if you`re not planning a trip to Glyndebourne, a stay at The Shelleys would be delightful at any time of year. The friendly staff are more than happy to advise on what to do in Lewes and the South Downs beyond.

A double room at The Shelleys starts from £135 per night. The hotel prepares special offers for accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis for the Glyndebourne Festival, which runs every year between May and August.

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