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Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden
James and Margaret Beale chose an idyllic location with views across the Sussex countryside for their rural retreat. Designed by Philip Webb, the house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co. interiors creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The house is dressed for a weekend stay in 1925, so you can imagine you are a guest of the family.
A major restoration of the 5-hectare (12-acre) hillside garden showcases year-round seasonal highlights and an award-winning plant collection. On the wider estate, footpaths lead out into the woodlands, Ashdown Forest and wider High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Note: Well behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in the formal gardens.
Enjoy a walk around Rockinghill & Hollybush woods at this time of year and see the woodland floor carpeted with bluebells.
Pick up one of our walk leaflets from Visitor Reception (50p each, suggested donation) to explore the woods and wider estate.
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Material Things IX
Wed 29 Apr - Mon 25 May
11am - 4pm
(1.30pm - 4pm Mon & Tues outside of school holidays)
Selling exhibition by Wendy Dolan and Louise Bell, textile artists of the Sussex Guild.
Story of embroidery
Medieval to Morris
Fri 1 May - Sun 26 Jul
11am - 4pm
(1.30pm - 4pm Mon & Tues outside school holidays)
An exhibition uncovering the story of the lasting craft of embroidery.
Embroidery demonstrations on selected Thurs & Sun.