St Mary’s House and Gardens
In the heart of the South Downs National Park. A short lime avenue leads to the Topiary Garden with its amusing animals and birds in clipped box and yew. Beyond the stone balustraded bridge a riot of hollyhocks can be seen in high summer in front of the 15th century house. Here visitors can still see the fine panelled interiors of a much-loved home with its five acres of gardens. The upper lawn is enclosed by herbaceous borders, while the lower lawn has clipped yew hedges and roses, with an exceptional example of the ‘Living Fossil’ tree, the prehistoric Ginkgo biloba.
Discover the former ‘Lost Gardens of Bramber’, now imaginatively restored, including the long Victorian fruit wall, heated pineapple pits and stove house. The potting shed houses a Rural Museum of horticultural implements from the family farms. The Rose Garden commemorates the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees. The Terracotta Garden has a central fountain, complemented by colourful herbaceous borders. The unusual circular English Poetry Garden, in its semi-woodland setting, has a bust of Lord Byron as its centrepiece, a long curved pergola, and poems displayed around the circular broadwalk. Woodland walk leading to the Landscape Water Garden with its island and waterfall.
Opening Times: May to end of September. Public open afternoons Suns, Thurs, BH Mons, also Weds in August, 2-6pm (last entry 5pm)
Groups at other times by appointment.
Admission Rates: House and Gardens: Adult £10, concession £9, child £5
Gardens only: Adult/concession £6, child £3
Group Rates: Groups (of 20 or more): House and Gardens £10; Gardens only £6.
Facilities: Gift Shop, Teas, Car Park.
Disabled Access: Toilets with wheelchair access.
Tours/Events: Guided tours of House and Gardens for groups.
Coach Parking: Yes.
Length of Visit: 2 – 3 hours.
Booking Contact: Jean Whitaker, St Mary’s House, Bramber, West Sussex, BN44 3WE.
Tel: 01903 816205
Location: 10 miles NW of Brighton off A283 in Bramber Village, 1 mile east of Steyning.