We’re going to be exploring different ways of opening this estate in miniature over the year in response to the impact of Coronavirus.
There's plenty to see and do on our mini-estate. Come rain or shine you'll love a trip to Sunnycroft.
Please check Sunnycroft's opening times before visiting. Currently all visits to Sunnycroft are by pre-booked ticket to keep visits safe and enjoyable. National Trust members book for free, non-members pay the admission fee at time of booking.
The villa (please check opening times)
Find out about the families who built, lived in and loved Sunnycroft, from a local brewer to an embroiderer for the Queen.
The house is furnished with original wallpapers and retains an original geometric tiled floor laid by Maw & Co. It also has features of a grander house, such as a billiard room, drawing room, an impressive Staircase Hall and an elaborate conservatory.
Look out for: The medicine cabinet
Formerly used as a linen press, its jumble of over 300 medicines, remedies and toiletries are a further reminder that the Lander family didn’t throw much away. And why should they?
Follow the Wellingtonia Avenue of trees into five acres of garden, from formal borders to the vegetable plot.
Sunnycroft is a rare, unaltered example of this type of suburban villa built to emulate a grand country estate on a smaller scale and middle-class budget.
Well worth a look is the Grade II listed Halliday conservatory. Designed by R Halliday & Co., it dates back to 1899 and is complete with rockery and a fern garden built up around the bottom.
Games on the lawn
For years the families at Sunnycroft have played tennis and had garden parties on the main lawn.
During the summer you too can have a go at croquet, skittles or badminton; weather permitting, the main lawn is a lovely place to set up for a picnic. Find out more about visiting Sunnycroft during the summer below.
Sunnycroft is small in stature but huge in character. With lots of space on the lawn, the meadow, and orchard families will enjoy exploring all the nooks and crannies of this mini-estate.
- the bowling hut
- the kennels and pigsties
- a stroll through the vegetable garden
- the Daimler in the garage