Hyde House
Hyde House
Hyde House


John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey (Mildmay) founded Glyndebourne in 1934, when their elegant country house played host to Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. The young Luciano Pavarotti sang there in 1964. Since that time, Glyndebourne has hosted its annual Festival Opera, now presenting half a dozen productions annually in the 1,200-seat opera house that was built in 1994.

Only 10 minutes’ drive from Glyndebourne, Hyde House offers the perfect place to stay when attending the Opera.

what’s on...

Between May and August, a variety of operas are performed, featuring the works of Mozart, Bizet, Rossini, Wagner, Berlioz, Britten, Puccini and Janácek among the many celebrated composers. For full details of the performance schedule, please see www.glyndebourne.com


what to wear...

Customary dress code for the Summer Festival is evening dress of black tie and long or short dress. This tradition originated with John Christie who deemed it a mark of respect to the performers. It can get chilly in the evening so ladies are advised to take a shawl, wrap or cardigan.



In order to allow sufficient time for housekeeping, following the departure of the previous night’s Guests, it may not be possible to gain access to your room before 2.45pm. If arriving before the 2.45pm check-in at Hyde House and going direct to Glyndebourne, there are changing facilities provided in the Plashett Building at the foot of the car park.


when to arrive...

The gardens open before the festival performances at 3pm (2pm on Sundays). These are private gardens and are only for the use of ticket holders for the performance on the same day. The shop and Long Bar are open for the duration of your visit. The Long Bar sells alcoholic and other beverages as well as a limited number of canapés and sandwiches. Afternoon Tea may be booked in advance and is served in the Mildmay Tearooms.


stay 2 nights...

Why not arrive the day before the performance, potter around the beautiful, historic village of Alfriston. Linger over a lazy bath before dinner in one of the local restaurants or gastro-pubs. After a wonderful night’s sleep, enjoy a late breakfast and do some sight-seeing, still leaving time to rest and change before the opera!


special mid-week rates...

Discounts are available for midweek stays with extra savings on stays of 2 or more nights. Anyone 29 years of age or younger can join Glyndebourne <30 free and enjoy ticket offers at substantially reduced prices. In support of this initiative, subsidised by the New Generation Programme, Hyde House will offer the holder of a valid <30 performance ticket a 10% discount on a 1-night stay (Sunday to Thursday) in a double en-suite room.


arriving by taxi...

Local taxi companies include:
Lewes Taxis +44 (0)1273 483 232
Castle Taxis +44 (0)1273 472 244
GM Taxis +44 (0)1273 477 567
Ringmer Village Cab Company +44 (0)1273 767 411
Cavalier Cars +44 (0)1323 844 464



Summer Festival performances feature a long interval lasting approximately 1.5 hours. This allows time for dining in one of Glyndebourne’s restaurants or for a picnic in the garden.

The Middle & Over restaurant serves a 3-course, fine dining menu. Mildmay restaurant serves a modern British menu. Restaurant menus are changed three times during the Festival. Owing to the limited time available for dinner service, these restaurants must be pre-booked and menu options chosen in advance. Alternatively, Nether Wallop follows the barn style of the Christie’s original Dining Hall with an informal hot carvery and cold buffet style of service, which allows diners to decide on their choice of menu on the day. In all three restaurants, Glyndebourne offer diners the opportunity to join a ‘Shared Table’ so that they may dine in the company of other guests who have made a similar request.

Picnicking in the gardens is a long-standing tradition at Glyndebourne and they offer a range of picnic menu options for pre-order. A limited number of picnic tables are available on the Upper Circle level. A queuing system is in place from the Blue Circle side when the grounds open. There is also a marquee by the Archive Gallery next to the main car park, which accommodates up to 200 guests with picnic tables and chairs provided. Given the limited availability of picnic furniture, you are advised to take your own if possible and set it up in Glyndebourne’s wonderful gardens, on the Ha Ha lawn, in the Urn Garden or by the side of the lake. Food and drink are not permitted in the auditorium.

PICNIC REFUSE... Should you wish Hyde House to dispose of your picnic rubbish, food waste and/or empty bottles purchased elsewhere, we are happy to accommodate this request for a charge of £10 to cover the costs associated with removal of rubbish to a waste collection site.


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