Houses and unusual buildings in Sussex

From the art gallery at Petworth, to cosy Arts and Crafts home at Standen, you'll be amazed at the variety of houses and unusual buildings we look after in Sussex. There's even a castle for your budding knights in armour.

The top painting above the fireplace is of The 3rd Earl of Egremont by Thomas Phillips, RA (1770-1845) hung in the central corridor in The North Gallery at Petworth House, West Sussex

Petworth House

Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe, Petworth House displays one of the finest art collections in the care of the National Trust. It’s an extraordinary and surprising place created by just one family over 900 years. The collection contains a wealth of art from artists including Turner, Van Dyke, Reynolds and Blake.

Dining room at Standen, West Sussex

Standen House and Garden 

Standen is an Arts and Crafts family home, 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.

Inside the Book Room


Part ruin, part house, Nymans has been home to several generations of the Messel family since 1895. Intriguingly, the medieval style manor is not as old as it seems. Although much of the house was lost to the fire in the winter of 1947, surviving rooms include the Garden Hall, Dining Room, Book Room and Library. Look out for paintings by stage designer Oliver Messel, family photographs and a collection of books, many of which relate to gardening.

View of Uppark House from dairy.

Uppark House and Garden

Perched on its vantage point high on the South Downs ridge, Uppark commands views as far south as the English Channel. Uppark's Georgian interiors illustrate the comfort of life ‘upstairs’, in contrast with the ‘downstairs’ world of the servants. A highlight of our collection is one of the best examples of an 18th-century dolls' house in the country.

One of the views of Bodiam Castle that can be admired on a castle grounds walk

Bodiam Castle

Visit the fairy-tale 14th-century castle at Bodiam, with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis. Peer through windows where arrows were once loosed and wander ruins that were walked upon by knights.

Bateman's East Sussex National Trust


The family home of Rudyard Kipling. The rooms, described by him as 'untouched and unfaked', remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East.

Alfriston clergy house vegetable garden in summer

Alfriston Clergy House 

Alfriston Clergy House, the first property ever bought by the newly formed National Trust, sits tucked away on the edge of the green in the pretty downland village of Alfriston. Its historic hall house and delightful cottage garden are the perfect place to while away a couple of hours.

The pale green sitting room at Monk's House

Monk's House 

Get to know Leonard and Virginia Woolf and the wider Bloomsbury Group by visiting Monk's House in the village of Rodmell. Full of their favourite things, the house and garden appears as if they just stepped out for a walk.