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An enchanting historic 15th century timber-framed house, with magnificent gardens, and charming cottage-style tea rooms, in the picturesque award-winning downland village of Bramber, West Sussex ... a place of fascination and mystery.

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

Five acres of beautiful gardens, with an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba 'living fossil' tree, amusing animal topiary, and '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.

St Mary's hosts world class concerts and events.

A perfect venue for wedding ceremonies.

Many thousands of visitors have admired its picturesque charm and enjoyed its atmosphere of friendliness and welcome, qualities which make it a visit to remember.

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

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

PUBLIC OPEN DAYS Sundays, Thursdays & BH Mondays, plus Wednesdays in August, 2 - 6pm (up to the end of September)

Private Group Visits by arrangement Apr - Sep    more >>

Book now for autumn events:

Sat 8 September, 3pm: 'LARKS AND MAGIC' - The story of Edith Nesbitt, author of The Railway Children. With Alison Neil More >>

Sat 6 October, 7.30pm: CELEBRITY PIANO RECITAL - International concert pianist Philip Dyson More >>

Sat 3 November, 7.30pm: GALA OPERA EVENING - DIVA OPERA perform favourite arias and ensembles from opera and operetta  More >>

Sat 17 November, 7.30pm: ST MARY'S ON FILM AND TV - a fascinating delve into the St Mary's film archives More >>

Sat 8 December, 7.30pm: ST MARY'S TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CRACKER - with Susan Jameson, James Bolam, Susan Legg, Giles White and Terence Allbright More >>

Volunteers needed!

Do you enjoy meeting new people?

Would you like to learn some new skills?

Would you like to help preserve our local heritage?

Enjoy an atmosphere of friendliness in a unique volunteering environment;

a rewarding role bringing St Mary's to life for visitors;

a very fulfilling time in beautiful surroundings.

Help is needed for stewarding, guiding, tea-room, kitchen, gardening, office.

Please call 01903 816205 or email if you would like to know more.

Give a GIFT VOUCHER for a visit to St Mary's - an ideal present

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