Glyndebourne Stays recommended by Tatler, The Daily Telegraph and Bises magazine  (Japan)


A trip to Glyndebourne  Opera is a real treat but  for those not living nearby can involve hours of preparation, then a long drive to Glyndebourne and the same home afterwards when tired.

At The Cottage in the Garden we offer an alternative to a normal 3 day stay

How to take the performance out of the Performance


3 day relaxing Opera visit with a picnic

Day 1     Arrive at the cottage, unpack your glad rags (no need to drive miles in evening dress) enjoy our welcoming cream tea, rest and relax.

Day 2    When you are ready to drive the 20-25 minute cross country journey to Glyndebourne we will deliver to your car your pre-chosen Opera hamper. If you wish we can provide a picnic table and chairs. Everything you will need will be packed, plates, glasses, cutlery, napkins, tablecloth and a gourmet picnic chosen by you. ( There are suggestions below). We are very happy to discuss guests' picnic ideas.

On your return simply leave everything in our porch. No unpacking. No washing up and you can even share a peaceful reflection on the bench on the cottage stoop.

Day 3     After a leisurely breakfast explore the beautiful High Weald, perhaps scour antique shops or enjoy some relaxed shopping in the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells before returning for your last night in the blissful comfort of the vast bed and the tranquil surroundings of The Cottage in the Garden.

Price £655 (2020 Festival) for this stay and picnic for two inclusive. ( Does NOT include supper or breakfast) 


As above but with both supper on arrival and breakfast ingredients left for your first morning. £785 (2020 Festival)

Your stay can be extended beyond 3 nights at our normal nightly price of £165 (2020 Festival)

If you are meeting up with friends for the opera we can extend the picnic to accommodate another couple at an additional cost. 

N.B. Our Glyndebourne packages do not include Opera Tickets ! These you must book for yourselves.


Sample picnic menu

For  your arrival at Glyndebourne. 

Smoked salmon canapé sandwiches and our peach and white wine cocktail .

Interval Picnic

Potted spiced prawns with homemade onion loaves

Smoked chicken breast in a piquant sauce. Spiced rice salad

Little brandied chocolate pots.

Red or white wine, coffee, water.

Best Glyndebourne picnic ever! Just perfect!
Dinner on our first night was delicious and the picnic you provided for us at Glyndebourne was truly wonderful
It was without doubt the most civilised and least stressful Glyndebourne I have ever experienced, and all down to your expert planning and attention to detail...I hope you know how much we all appreciated it.