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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, 2 - 6pm (to end of September)

Private Group Visits by arrangement Apr - Sep    more >>

Forthcoming events in June & July:

Fri 29 & Sat 30 June, 2-5.30pm: Garden Open Days for charity. The NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME. 6 (children free). Teas. House not open.

Sat 7 July, 7.30pm: 'Lifting the Lid' with DAVID OWEN-NORRIS, pianist extraordinaire, composer & broadcaster (seen on BBC Proms) More >>

Sat 28 July, 7.30pm: Serenade to Music. Members of the WORTHING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA play beautiful music for strings 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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St. Mary's House, Bramber, West Sussex  UK  BN44 3WE   tel. 01903 816205     last updated 20/12/2016