Saddlescombe Farm Heritage Open Day

Larder filled with dried herbs, jars of preserve and eggs

Enjoy a visit to historic Saddlescombe Farm as part of the National Trust's Heritage Open Days. Tours, talks and local information all offered as part of this free event.

Sunday 10 September - 10:30 to 15:30

Our Heritage Open Day is one of the few opportunities to explore the historic working downland farm of Saddlescombe. This enigmatic farmstead nestled in the rolling hills of the Sussex countryside has a quaint charm to enchant all who visit.

First established during the thirteenth century, Saddlescombe Farm has seen many changes over the centuries. The manor house reflects the passing eras with parts dating from the Tudor to the Victorian periods.

There are also many examples of traditional Sussex flint walled barns dating from the seventeenth century, along with historic farming tools and machinery.

A unique feature of the farm is the old Donkey Wheel, which was used to pump water from a deep well. Other highlights also include threshing barns, a milking shed, a wheelwright, stables and a shepherds hut.

Saddlescombe Farm's rare and wonderful Donkey Wheel
Wooden Donkey Wheel well house
Saddlescombe Farm's rare and wonderful Donkey Wheel

There is also the beautifully rustic garden which is dedicatedly tended by volunteers to grow a range of plants and vegetables.  A few moments to wander around this walled garden is well worth the time.

For this free event we will give guided tours around the farm and manor house. Our rangers will also lead guided tours around some of our surrounding countryside, to show off some of the results of our hard work conserving the special chalk grassland habitats and the special wildlife which depend on it.

Refreshments will be available at the newly opened Wildflour café which is on site.

The long tradition of farming at Saddlescombe continues to this day, which is why this National Trust site is only opened a few times a year. So why not take this chance to have a look around?

Sharing garden secrets with a visitor
Garden expert sharing garden secrets with a visitor
Sharing garden secrets with a visitor

Heritage Open Days is a countrywide initative which brings together over 2,500 organisations, including the National Trust, aimed at showcasing places which are not usually open to the public. The aim is to get more people to engage and enjoy the special places we conserve for the future.