We have a few suggested itineraries for your visit to Sussex. These include some of the many National Trust properties, Historic Towns and breath taking Countryside all within easy reach of our establishment.
Whether your interests lie in horticulture, antiques, literature, art, crafts, history or just finding a quiet place to relax in a beautiful setting there is something for everyone in Sussex. We are conveniently located in the middle of the County within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Day 1 - Standen and Nymans
A full English breakfast is the best start for a day of horticultural and historical exploration/enrichment.
A 20minute drive brings you to Standen. This National Trust property is a showpiece of the Arts and Craft Movement. Spend the morning touring the house and the original Morris & Co. Wallpapers and fabrics of this 1890's family home. Afterwards relax and appreciate the fine views of Sussex countryside from the garden or take a walk in the delightful woodlands of the high weald.
After a light lunch at Standen or one of the Public houses it's a short drive to Nymans Garden. Nymans is a stunning mixture of delightful old roses and diverse collections from all over the world. The Messel Family developed the gardens for three generations and the family rooms, within the picturesque setting of romantic ruins, are open during the main season. The vibrant colours, scents and textures of the gardens and the woodlands walks are suitable for all ages and the garden is wheelchair accessible.
Day 2 - Sheffield Park Garden
Sheffield Park Garden is a stunning year round attraction. This internationally renowned landscaped garden is a true haven from the busy modern world. The park is recognised as the premier garden for stunning autumn colour. It also has four large lakes reflecting the colours of nature each linked by waterfalls and cascades. There are lots of benches positioned for fine views in the 120 acres. Why not take a picnic and spend the day. There is good wheelchair access and children's activities.
Only ½ mile away is the station for a quick trip on the famous preserved steam engine at the Bluebell railway.
Day 3 - Lewes
A day in the Historic County Town of Lewes. After breakfast a half hour drive will bring you to Lewes where there is so much to see you'll have a hard time deciding where to go first. Lewes is a beautiful old town based around the Castle with views of rolling downland, chalk cliffs to the south, woodland to the north. The river Ouse runs through the town. The Castle and Priory were built around the time of the Saxon landings in 1066. The town boasts medieval streets, twittens and many craft shops and workshops and the extraordinary 17th Century book shop. In the Town you will also find Anne of Cleves House kept as it was when Anne was sent there by Henry the VIII. In Lewes you will find Monk's House the Country retreat of Virginia Woolf; the house is open Wednesday and Saturday Afternoons and is kept as it was when the Bloomsbury Group of Writers and Artists would have visited.
Only short drives from Lewes are the attractions of Seven Sisters Country Park and Alfriston.
Day 4 - Petworth and Uppark
Head west this morning to Petworth House and Park. Explore the house including its domestic rooms with Victorian technology, enjoy the National Trusts finest collection of art over 300 oil paintings and 100 pieces of sculpture from 15th to 19th century. The 700acre deer park was landscaped by 'Capability' Brown. The highlights of the park include a medieval chapel and a beautiful 'pleasure ground' of colourful plants.
On to Uppark for the afternoon. The Late 17th Century house is in a peaceful woodland and downland setting. Explore the fascinating exhibition explaining the history and rescue of the house; the extensive basement servants' rooms where HG Wells' Mother was a housekeeper and the elegant Georgian interior. There is also a Grand Tour Art collection, a famous dolls house and a restaurant.
Day 5 - Wakehurst Place
A short drive brings you to Wakehurst Place known to some as 'Kews Country Garden'. Wakehurst is another year round garden with lakes, lawns, exotic trees and water features but there's more. In the 500acres at Wakehurst Place there are four National Collections plus rare and exotic plants from the Himalayas and the Southern Hemisphere. The scale of the gardens can be appreciated from the extensive woodland or the stunning secluded valley. One of the main highlights is the Millennium Seed Bank.
Day 6 - Chichester
The highlights of West Sussex can be taken in on a trip to Chichester. A trip to this magnificent cathedral city would take you past the outstanding views of the weald from The Devils Dyke and Cissbury Ring which is protected as an area of special scientific interest. The journey would also allow a stop a Arundel Castle; the seat of the dukes of Norfolk with 1000 years of history, beautiful grounds and gardens.
Entrance to Houses and Gardens are around £3 to £6 for an adult. Concessions, family tickets and tickets for multiple attractions are available. Many magnificent views, tranquil walks and Historical Towns with twisting medieval streets are free.