The Old Rectory

An effortless, traditional style of hospitality…

Experience the real England away from the crowds in this classic Georgian house, located in the infamous Jane Austen country. Set in an acre of walled garden in the centre of the village, close to National Trust land, resides this most welcoming Wolsey Lodge. 

Glimpses of the church next door can be seen from the large terrace, perfect for eating outside. The breakfast is excellent as is the interesting conversations you can expect to have with your hosts. The peaceful garden which is pride and joy of your host Phyllida, who is an imaginative gardener (whose husband does all the hard graft) and organises garden visits in England as well as abroad in southern France and Italy. There is not much she doesn’t know when it comes to gardening!


Besides the array of colours, flowers of interest and rare specimen trees, there is a pond and croquet lawn that guests are very welcome to make use of. This bed and breakfast is traditionally and comfortably furnished and is, above all, a much-loved home.

Your B&B Hosts

Friendliness and relaxation are the keynotes in Robin and Phyllida’s home and they love the diversity of B&B guests. Robin is a retired publisher and Phyllida was, for many years, involved with the Garden Museum (formerly The Museum of Garden History) which was founded by her parents.


It is five miles from Jane Austen’s house and museum at Chawton. Portsmouth Dockyard (with HMS Victory, The Mary Rose, and Warrior), Gun Wharf Quays and the ferries to the continent and the Isle of Wight are half an hour away. Glorious Goodwood with its racing, classic car events and Festival of Speed is less than 40 minute’s drive, as are Winchester and Chichester, with its Cathedral and theatre. Petworth House is closer, with its Turners and grounds laid out by Capability Brown. We are convenient for Grange Park Opera and the Watercress Line steam railway runs between Alresford and Alton. Heathrow and Gatwick can be reached within the hour.


Closed Christmas, New Year and Easter

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Contact Information

Robin and Phyllida Smeeton
The Old Rectory
The Old Rectory, Headley, GU35 8PW, England

Tel: 01428 714123


Room Rate, based on 2 people sharing inclusive of breakfast
1 Twin (2 x 3') B&B Room (en suite) £100
1 Twin (2 x 3') B&B Room (private) £90
Single Occupancy £55-60

Dinner £30