An application for historic Newick Park to return to being a private home has been submitted to Lewes District Council.
The hotel and restaurant at the Grade II Listed building closed at the end of 2013.
Twenty-two members of staff were made redundant.
It was subsequently acquired by Mr Kevin Reardon for an undisclosed sum and he is seeking the change of use, which will be considered by the council’s Planning Applications Committee.
The stunning country property, set in more than 250 acres of parkland, dates back 350 years in part.
It became a hotel and restaurant some 20 years ago, undergoing lavish refurbishment with advice from English Heritage, but before that had always been a private home – former owners included the prominent local Sclater family.