The newest opening in The Polizzi Collection – and the first official joint venture by mother-daughter duo, Olga and Alex Polizzi – The Star is housed in a handsome timber-framed Tudor building on Alfriston high street. Rooms and suites are split between a 1930s building and 1960s wing, all decorated with Olga’s trademark flair: think nature-based blue and green schemes, Italian bedlinen and Carrara marble bathrooms. On the ground floor, there’s a cosy library (curated by local bookshop Much Ado Books), a wooden-beamed bar in the original inn and the restaurant where head chef Tim Kensett (formerly of The River Café) serves up simple, unfussy dishes based around seasonal Sussex produce – from fried local sardines to charred South Downs lamb chops. In the summer though, the heart of the hotel is a pretty central courtyard ideal for long al fresco lunches and pre-supper drinks. Alfriston is a characterful village, right on the banks of the Cuckmere River; guests can pack a picnic and stride out in the direction of the sea. For a cultural fix, Glyndebourne opera house and Charleston are both close by.
Doubles from £210
+44 (0)1323 870495; thepolizzicollection.com