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Notice: Saddlescombe is a working farm and is only fully open on special open days. Our next Open Day is this Sunday 27 April. Please see 'what's on', on the right of the screen, for details of these days. You are welcome to visit the cafe, information barn and Donkey wheel at any time. Please note there is no parking in the farm.

A hidden hamlet nestled in the downs

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 woodland which has stood the test of time for thousands of years. Here you can discover truly ancient lime trees, bluebells galore and beech trees with graffiti dating back to 1880.

The Hiker's Rest tea-room at Saddlescombe, provides the perfect spot to re-energise and reflect after an invigorating walk.

Join our education volunteer team

The meadow at Devil’s Dyke is a wonderful place for bug hunting © Rachel Bell

We've exciting plans afoot  to develop an environmental education centre at Saddlescombe, which will include turning a Victorian barn into a classroom. We're looking for volunteers this year to help realise this dream.

Visit on our special open days

This year our  two special open days will be 27 April and 14 September. On these days you can discover the secret places and intimate history of this fascinating place. See our gallery of images to see what goes on.

Saddlescombe hosts lambing open day

This April, come along to a lambing weekend organised by our new farm tenants, Roly and Camilla. You'll meet the flock and if you're lucky, see a lamb being born.  Please note farm buildings will not be open.