Andrew Harper members have long been devotees of the Hotel Tresanton and the Hotel Endsleigh in England’s West Country, both of which are owned by the celebrated interior designer Olga Polizzi. Now the two properties have been joined by The Star, an atmospheric 30-room hotel housed within a 14th-century hostel for pilgrims. Set at the center of the picturesque medieval village of Alfriston in East Sussex, 7 miles north of the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs on the Channel coast, The Star has a dramatic half-timbered façade with an overhanging upper story and oak carvings.
A door on the village main street opens into a beamed bar, which in turn leads to a library and a sizable restaurant. The main hotel building has seven guestrooms, including the Heritage Junior Suite, which retains many of its original features. A new structure contains the remaining accommodations. Polizzi has created a characteristically stylish and eclectic décor that combines old and new furniture with a collection of local artwork. The Star provides an ideal base from which to tour one of the prettiest parts of England, including the unspoiled town of Lewes. The South Downs Way, an ancient 100-mile-long footpath, crosses the Cuckmere River in Alfriston. And Glyndebourne, one of the world’s most famous small opera houses, is located just 8 miles away.