Cripps advise hotel client with Michelin-starred restaurant on expansion

19 January, 2018
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

A Michelin-starred restaurant in Sussex is set for expansion, with the help of legal advice from law firm Cripps.


Gravetye Manor, owned by Saphos Hotels, is undertaking a major redevelopment of its restaurant which will see the installation of floor to ceiling windows and more banquette and free-standing seating. It is being designed by architect Sir Charles Knowles, in collaboration with interior designer Claire Nelson.


Managing associate Simon Schipper, and senior associate Claire Barwick worked closely with Saphos Hotels, advising on procuring the relevant approvals to enable the project to go ahead. This involved the negotiation of an appropriate licence from the landlord with related construction advice.


Simon Schipper said: “We are delighted to have advised Saphos Hotels on this work. The building is Grade 1 listed making negotiations more complex than might otherwise have been the case since it was important that protections were in place to safeguard the building. Having acted for Saphos Hotels on the acquisition of Gravetye Manor in 2010, we were really pleased to have been involved in this project and look forward to seeing the finished development.”


Located in West Hoathly the Manor dates back to 1598 and, in more recent times, was one of Britain’s first country house hotels. It sits within 35 acres of Grade II-listed gardens, originally designed by world-famous gardener William Robinson.


The hotel has held a Michelin star since 2015 and was named ‘Hotel of the Year – Independent’ at the 2015 Catey Awards. In 2014 it was named ‘AA Hotel of the Year – England’.