Peter Herbert, 1926-2013
The sad passing of pioneering hotelier Peter Herbert last week has given everyone at the hotel, and I’m sure in the industry, the occasion to reflect on the incredible legacy he leaves behind. Not just inside the four walls of the Manor, but in country house hospitality in the UK.
At Gravetye, he created a world-class establishment. Opening in 1958, he breathed new life into a historic house which paved the way for so many similar models that we see today. He was also the ultimate host; guests were welcomed as friends and yet behind the scenes, meticulous attention to detail ensured it became one of the leading hotels in its class, recognised throughout the world for offering the best kind of country house hospitality.
In his 46 year tenure he inspired several generations of chefs and aspiring hoteliers with his warmth, intelligence and passion for hotel keeping. His love of the garden ensured that another pioneer’s legacy, this time the gardener William Robinson, was also maintained.
He was a dear friend to many staff and regular guests at the hotel, much admired and respected. His presence will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family, and as custodians of Gravetye Manor in its present day we will endeavour to continue the philosophy of great country house hospitality, in homage to all that Peter Herbert created for us.
The funeral will be held at the Church of St Margaret's in West Hoathly, on Tuesday, 10th December 2013 at 2pm. All are welcome.
Stay at Gravetye this December
£137 per person - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Escape the last minute shopping and Christmas party mayhem just for one night, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the award winning Gravetye Manor at this exclusive rate for the month of December only. Includes dinner, overnight stay in a classic room and a festive afternoon tea with mulled wine on arrival. After 24 hours with us, you'll be ready to face the world again! Price is per person based on two people sharing.
Available Monday to Thursday from 1st to 19th December.
Photography Competition 2013
There is still time to enter this year’s competition. The prize is Dinner for two at the hotel, which I’m sure you’ll agree, is fantastic. The winner will be announced in the January 2014 issue of the newsletter and the winning photograph will be displayed in the foyer of the hotel. Deadline for entries is 18th December 2013.
To enter please e-mail your photograph to email@example.com, subject: Photography Competition 2013. Or post to Celine Leslie, Photography Competition 2013, Gravetye Manor, Vowels Lane, Nr East Grinstead, RH19 4LJ. Along with the photograph, we will need: the date the photograph was taken (it must have been taken this year!), your name, address and telephone number.
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Employee of the month
Congratulations this month go to Beckie Holland in our Housekeeping team (pictured here with Managing Director, Andrew Thomason). Her hard work, dedication and willingness to take on extra shifts and holiday cover during busy periods have made her an invaluable part of the team. Thank you Beckie!
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