ST MARY’S HOUSE & GARDENS
Few buildings in Sussex reflect the rich tapestry of the county’s history over almost 900 years as well as the magnificent, timber-framed, St Mary’s House, Bramber. It has stood at the centre of this idyllic, traditional, English village for some six centuries. Sir Simon Jenkins, in his book England’s Thousand Best Houses, describes St Mary’s as both ‘a shrine to medieval Sussex’ and ‘eccentric and delightful’. The fine panelled interiors include the unique Elizabethan 'Painted Room' with its intriguing trompe l’oeil murals, the magnificent Victorian Music Room and many fascinating collections. The five acres of grounds include formal gardens with amusing topiary and an exceptional example of the prehistoric tree Ginkgo biloba, Jubilee Rose Garden, Poetry Garden, woodland walk, and Landscape Water Garden. A special delight is the secret, walled garden with its rare pineapple pits, and its terracotta framework. The newly-designed King’s Garden, opened by HRH Princess Alexandra last year, features a descendant of the famous Boscobel Oak, recalling the visit of King Charles II during his escape to France. St Mary’s is a magical, timeless place - a haven of tranquillity and beauty. “One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited in England.”
April – September. Sun & Thu 14:00 - 18:00.