Explore the faded grandeur of Leith Hill Place

Drawing Room Leith Hill Place

Learn about the families who lived here, Charles Darwin's visits, English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams' childhood and the Wedgwood family. You can pause a while here and enjoy the stunning views, the delicious cream teas and the various exhibitions. You can even bring your dog into the house to enjoy it all with you. Leith Hill Place is a perfect spot to while away a few hours.

Enjoy the view

The view over the South Downs is one of the best features of the house and we have cleared the straggly trees obscuring it so you can appreciate the improved panorama. Enjoy looking out from the Terrace Room or from the lawn itself.

The drawing room

We have taken out some internal partitions - that had been put up by the previous school tenants - to reveal a beautiful first floor drawing room. This work was all done by volunteers and you can now relax in this space.

An intimate setting

Be one of a privileged few enjoying wonderful music in such a historic and glorious setting. Concerts take place in the very room where Vaughan Williams himself would have played the piano and violin.

Soundscape tour

Every Friday and on the second Saturday and last Sunday of each month you can join our soundscape on the top floor by free timed ticket. Part audio tour, part art installation, you will hear about the life and music of Vaughan Williams in a small group. Please call the house on the day of your visit to ensure the soundscape tour is running as we are reliant on our hardworking team of volunteers to accompany you on the tour.

Dogs welcome

We are an unusually informal historic house and while we are still a work in progress you can even bring your dog in. So don't worry about muddy paws - we welcome well behaved canine companions to allow you to stop off on your walk and enjoy what we have to offer. (The only places dogs are not allowed is up in the soundscape tour and in the kitchen, for hygiene reasons. And large dogs are not allowed in the Study, where we have historic items on display.)  Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, even in the grounds, as a courtesy to other visitors.

Feel closer to Vaughan Williams

Climb the stairs to the second floor to see the attic rooms and immerse yourself in this intimate shared experience. Featuring the vocal talents of actresses Virginia McKenna and Lindy Alexander as well asSir Richard Stilgoe and Brian Kay, conductor of the Leith Hill Musical Festival, and others connected with the house, this is 40 minutes well-spent. An accessible version is available for use on the ground floor for those not able to manage the stairs.