St Mary's House & Gardens

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Welcome to St Mary's, an enchanting historic pilgrim inn, c1450, in the downland village of Bramber, West Sussex. Many thousands of visitors admire its picturesque charm and enjoy its atmosphere of friendliness and welcome.

Still a lived-in home, the fine panelled rooms include the unique Elizabethan trompe l'oeil Painted Room. Intriguing literary connections with Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, and the Sherlock Holmes story The Musgrave Ritual.

The five acres of beautiful gardens include an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba 'living fossil' tree, amusing animal topiary, and the 'Secret' Garden with original Victorian fruit wall and pineapple pits, beautiful rose garden, terracotta garden, King's Garden, unusual circular English Poetry Garden, Landscape Water Garden and Rural Museum.

Meet the owners and see them talk about their life at St Mary's and the restoration of the house & gardens: play video.



One of 'England's Thousand Best Houses' (Sir Simon Jenkins)

'The best example of late 15th century timber-framing in Sussex.'



Peter Thorogood and Roger Linton, together with the garden team at St Mary's, are delighted to be able to welcome you to come and explore our five acres of beautiful gardens!

The gardens will be open as normal on Sundays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays, up to the end of September (2pm - 6pm, last entry 5pm).

We can reassure you that we have done all we can to make the garden a safe place to visit. Unfortunately we are unable to open the house at this time, but we will keep this under review.

It is important for all our safety that you please read the following before you plan your visit.

Before your visit

1. While it is not essential to pre-book entry tickets online, we would prefer it if you could, in order to help us manage visitor numbers. For pre-booking, we have set up entry tickets every half hour from 2pm.  Please check which time slot you are booking for.

2. You can book and prepay for your tickets here. BOOK TICKETS NOW

3. You will need to bring proof with you of your prepayment - either as a printout or on your smart phone. If you are a member of The Friends of St Mary's or HHA, or have an offer card (such as 2 for 1), please bring your membership card with you.

4. We will reserve a number of tickets to be paid for on the day - payments can only be taken with contactless credit/debit card.  Please note that you may have to queue for a short period if you take this option (2pm tends to be the busiest time).

When you arrive

5. We ask that volunteers and visitors follow government guidance on social distancing. St Mary's Gardens covers five acres and so gives plenty of scope for a safe visit in the restful open air and beautiful Sussex countryside.

6. We have set up some one-way routes in the garden and there will be volunteers on hand to assist with directions.

7. Refreshments. These are available on a take-away basis (following government guidelines).

8. Toilet facilities will be available.

9. Other than guide dogs, no pets are allowed in the gardens.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful gardens. To whet your appetite, you can watch a video here of the beautiful gardens of St Mary's as they burst into life in spring.



GROUP VISITS: although we are unable to have group visits at present, we are taking bookings for 2021. Please click here for more information.

WEDDINGS AND FUNCTIONS: these can take place this year, but with restrictions on the number of guests. We are taking bookings for 2021, when hopefully things may be back to some sort of normal. Please click here for more information.



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