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The Shelleys

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   135 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XS, England
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Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Lewes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
PaddyBriggs46 London, United Kingdom
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rather classy hotel in the centre of Lewes. Has a Country House feel to it. Well decorated in antique style and a sense of a nobleman's home - which it once was. Our room (15) was adequately sized with nice views of the garden and quiet. Good WiFi. Good bathroom. Drinking water provided. Comfy bed. Public rooms most attractive and... More

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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review

We really appreciated this review and will get tasting on the coffee front to see how we can improve this essential start to the day. We will also look at the breakfast service to ensure this fully meets our customers expectations Shelleys is a super place isn't it......and hopefully we can see you again before too long. It is also... More

Hurstpierpoint, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked this place for lunch as a treat for friends.Turned out to be slightly embarrassing in parts. It is understaffed, and as someone else noted in a review here rather tired in parts. The time scale for ordering and receiving the food was far too long, and some of the dishes were very mediocre. The staff were very pleasant,but I... More

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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review

We always appreciate hearing from senior TripAdvisor contributors and I have asked that our manager, Natalie, reaches out to you. This way we can learn more about your experience and how we can fully meet your expectations in the future More

Bristol, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came upon the Shelleys at 2 o'clock on a Sunday afternoon - not the easiest time to find a light lunch in a pleasant garden when you have a dog with you. We were given a very friendly welcome by the manager and were shown to a pretty garden where we were waited on by two extremely personable members... More

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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review

We were thrilled to read this review and thank you so much. It sounded like everyone had a great time, including your lovely dog Shelleys afternoon high tea is a great experience and with plenty of shade, the garden is an ideal place to while away a Sunday afternoon in tranquil surroundings Renewed thanks More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I do not often write reviews but on this occasion I felt compelled to give credit where credit is due. The 'Apostrophe' restaurant in the Shelleys offered everything and more that you could wish for, as a fine dining experience. Our young waiter jack was knowledgable, attentive & delivered outstanding service. The food was excellent & beautifully presented. I would... More

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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review

What a super review which as had Chef Chris and his team in the kitchen summer-sizzling with delight. Jack is a great member of our team and we have high hopes for him - a natural. He is of course over the moon Shelleys does its best to both meet and exceed our guests needs and with support from patrons... More

Littlehampton, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great Expectations meets Fawlty Towers We had booked a table for eight so we were expected. Orders drinks in the cosy little bar and decided to take them into the garden. No offer too take them out there on a tray. One of our party had been trying to organise some bubbly over the phone to be ready as it... More

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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review

Thank you for allowing The Shelleys to be your host during your recent celebrations in Lewes. Your feedback is appreciated and is very valuable to us. I am deeply disappointed to hear that your visit did not go entirely well and I would like to apologise on behalf of The Shelleys and our team for your experience. Sadly the telephones... More

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4 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice location. Comfortable rooms but a bit down at heel. Needs (several) licks of paint and a general refresh. Has that musty smell you used to get in old hotels 20 years ago. Garden is somewhat unkempt we did not try breakfast or any other meal.

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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review

This was a disheartening review, more so given the substantial and numerous programs running across the hotel in terms of various improvements. These works include an important overhaul of the garden, attending to the soft furnishings throughout the hotel to upgrading the guest WIFI in the ground floor guest areas While Shelleys is perfectly placed for Glyndebourne, the hotel has... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It was all nice enough, however what we really noticed ( we were two couples) was the boiling hot towel rail. It churned out heat even through the night, and made everything hotter than we would have wished. I am sure the management could save loads of cash , which could then be spent in refurbishing some of the slightly... More

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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review

We always appreciate hearing from senior Trip Advisor reviewers and were really pleased you both enjoyed the Shelleys and Glyndebourne - they make a perfect combination The towel rails are linked to the hot water system and this is something which has our attention albeit juxtaposed against the issues of working with such a historical building and legacy plumbing systems... More

Sussex, England
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I paid £100 for a night for a friend's wedding, I believe for a wedding it is a beautiful setting if you hire the whole building. Rooms are large and feel spacious, unfortunately on the Sunday morning there was no hot water, the concierge had to turn the boiler back on which has cut out, I guess a quirky feature... More

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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review

We like hearing from Senior Trip Advisor reviewers and sadly on the day in question, there was a minor outage with the boiler which was quickly corrected. Even so we apologise for the challenge this caused We were delighted the wedding was such a success and since your stay in March, Natalie and her team have made sound progress on... More

14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We have stayed at the Shelleys before and felt that on this occasion the standard, although good, was not quite as high as previously. This is a lovely building in a splendid location and with delightful gardens but I felt this hotel was starting to lose its country house hotel ambience and the price charged was not reflective of the... More

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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review

We always like hearing from senior Trip Advisor reviewers though were sorry to learn your stay, on this occasion, did not match your last visit. For this we are truly sorry and I know that our manager, Natalie, would like to reach out to you and learn more about your experience Shelleys has a great deal to offer but you... More

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I booked Shelleys sometime before our stay as it looked convenient for Glynebourne. We are a well travelled couple in our 60s and have stayed at numerous hotels all over the world. However, this is the first time we have reviewed for trip advisor.We arrived to find this small hotel was hosting a wedding. Unfortunately, the reception was under our... More

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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review

This review and the one preceding it are clearly linked and while we are sorry these guests found aspects of their stay challenging, regrettably we cannot identify nor agree with the thrust of their critique The majority of our guests are very satisfied - we delight in hosting them and welcoming them back year in year out. It is clear... More

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Address: 135 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Lewes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Shelleys 4*
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Step off the historic High Street in the beautiful county town of Lewes and into the peaceful tranquility of The Shelleys; an elegantly sublime 17th Century, family-run, country house hotel. The Shelleys offers discreet service, with high standards, within a uniquely calm ambience, with friendly staff who anticipate your every need. With nineteen luxury boutique rooms, all en-suite, each designed and decorated to reflect our Georgian origins and fitted with a television and Wi-Fi access; The Shelleys perfectly combines English tradition with contemporary luxury. Dating back to 1588, The Shelleys is a grade II* listed property – falling into the 4% bracket viewed as a “particularly important building of more than special interest” by English Heritage… Located close to Brighton and Eastbourne, this East Sussex hotel is the perfect venue for a change of scene. Whether it’s a weekend of rest and relaxation, a romantic break, or a base from which to explore the surrounding historical town and South Downs, you’ll find your every need is anticipated at The Shelleys. The a la carte lunch and dinner menu is available in the stylish award-winning Apostrophe Restaurant or on the brick-paved terrace overlooking our beautiful gardens. Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea, Drinks and Bar Lunches are also available throughout the day. ... more   less 
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