Saddlescombe Farm is a hidden gem on the South Downs Way.
Near Devil's Dyke in West Sussex, the hamlet is only five miles from the seaside city of Brighton.
Documented in the Domesday Book, this unique example of a Downland farm recounts what life was really like throughout the last 1,000 years. Intriguingly, it was even once home to the Knights Templar.
Newtimber Hill, one of the finest examples of chalk grassland in the country, borders the farm and offers walks with superb views of the sea and the South Downs. In early autumn, the hill is covered in a purple blanket of Devil's bit scabious. It is also a real hot spot for rare flora and fauna like the silver spotted skipper butterfly, burnt orchid and, juniper tree.
The north face of Newtimber Hill is home to truly ancient lime trees, bluebells galore, and the tallest native tree in Britain.
Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:
If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.
Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.
An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.
|Amount paid by visitor||£11.00||£10.00|
|Tax refund from Government*||£2.75||£0.00|
|Total received by the National Trust||£13.75||£10.00|
Saddlescombe is a working farm and is fully open only on special open days.