How much we
enjoyed the visit to the gardens - historic and full of secrets. Thank you
for looking after everyone so well, especially for the refreshments at the
end which were most welcome.
Windmill Horticultural Society, June 2015
Thank you for the
excellent hospitality. It is a most enchanting place - so old and so
lovingly cared for. It was a joy to see. The tours were excellent and so
full of information, and the tea and cake was much much appreciated. The
garden tour was also delightful and so peaceful.
Emsworth U3A, June 2015
Your house is
entrancing and magical; so are the gardens, and we haven't spent four hours
more pleasantly for a long time.
Courtauld Alumni, May 2015
A most interesting
and detailed tour of your beautiful house and gardens, which we all enjoyed
enormously. We appreciated...the historical significance of the site and the
many features which make St Mary's such an individual and exciting place.
Shipley History Society, September 2014
The house is an absolute
delight - every nook and cranny of the gardens is yet another surprise. We
all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon visit.
Hillingdon Amateur Gardeners, September 2014
St Mary's House is
truly enchanting and the gardens magical, and we are full of admiration for
your enthusiasm for and care of both.
Westham Evening WI, August 2014
The guides in the
house were so knowledgeable without being academic about everything. The
cream tea was excellent, and Mr Linton's tour of the garden left us
speechless. You have an amazing property and garden which we all felt very
privileged to visit.
Littlehampton Tangent Club, August 2014
house...The tours round the house and gardens were informative and
interesting, and the warm welcome by everyone involved made our visit
Sussex Family History Group - Worthing, August 2014
A huge thank you
for making our visit tp St Mary's such a memorable one. Your dedication to
the restoration work appears to know no bounds
Esher Probus Group, July 2014
Thank you for the
wonderful HHA Friends tour. I found it absolutely fascinating to see the
house and garden and to hear all about the history and everything you have
done over 30 years - what a magnificent achievement.
Please thank your
staff and all who were involved in making our visit so special and
Friends of the HHA, June 2014
St. Mary's really
is an extraordinary place, rather like a historical 'Tardis'! It is
wonderful that you have managed to preserve the historical integrity of the
house, whilst making it feel so uniquely yours and reflective of your
interests. Your team looked after us magnificently... you went above and
beyond the call of duty to ensure that we had a lovely time.
Royal Academy of Arts, May 2014
Thank you for
giving us such a warm welcome, interesting guided tour of your beautiful
house and garden, capped by a delicious tea. As you know, some of us did not
want to leave!
Tenterden and District National Trust, May 2014
The members were
so impressed and delighted. Your expert knowledge and love of St Mary's made
it quite wonderful!
Henfield Trefoil Guild
We are all lucky
that you [Peter] and Roger alighted on St Mary's so long ago and have
performed miracles in preserving our common heritage for future generations
to come. What a wonderful house it is, and I am sure there will be other
secrets that you may tease out of the fabric to extend our knowledge of
SPAB - Sussex Group, April 2014
Thank you for a
magnificent tour of the house and gardens of St Mary's, Bramber. Everyone
was very impressed with the knowledge of the house your guides displayed.
Our thanks also go to everyone who prepared our scrumptious tea and cakes.
It was so beautifully laid up and served that we all felt like royalty
Richmond Retired Teachers' Fellowship, March 2014
Thank you to all
those involved in making our visit so memorable. The house guides were very
informative and really provided us with an in-depth view of the house and
area. I am sure many of us will return.
Little Common Probus Club, September 2013
The warm welcoming
we got was a breath of fresh air! Our guide was very interesting and very
Chiltern Travel, Ilford, September 2013
We started by
touring the charming gardens, which are in the process of being restored.
The garden near the house is very colourful, framed with specimen trees
including a large and unusual Ginkgo Biloba. From the garden we were
then guided round the enchanting historic house which was full of surprises
and wonderful original features: wood panelling, and unique hand-painted
panels featuring oval frescoes. We were charmed by secret doors and rooms
leading into each other - every one a new surprise. The house is all the
better for being lived in and feels much loved and cherished. It is, in my
opinion, a 'must see'.
Brooklands 750 Motor Club, August 2013
... A most
enjoyable and informative afternoon. We all felt most welcome. The house was
full of history and the garden was full of surprises - it just seemed to go
on for ever. "Our best visit yet."
Westdene WI, August 2013
restoration of the house was unbelievably amazing, with some wonderful
surprises. After the tour of the house, the opportunity of a rest with tea and
delicious homemade cakes was most welcome. This gave us renewed energy for the
tour round one of the most intriguing gardens I have ever seen. The potting shed
[Rural Museum] was in a class of its own with the most unusual and interesting
collection of things I can imagine.
Burgess Hill Choral Society, July 2013
Your home and gardens
are in a league of their own and I am still receiving e-mails and phone calls to
say what a wonderful experience it was. It was so personal and unlike any
house we have previously visited. My group have rated it the best visit
ever and given me a five star ***** rating for bringing them to visit
you. Congratulations on a highly successful enterprise. The love
and enthusiasm you all have is infectious. I am sure we shall be back in a few
Christchurch U3A, June 2013
The word 'unique'
is frequently overused and misused in this day and age, but St Mary's really
is unique - and it was a privilege to see the results of all the tender
loving care that has gone into it over the last 30 years. Our group felt it
was the totally delightful and one of the best visits ever, with the guided
tour showing how the house has evolved over the centuries (and is still
evolving now) but without compromising its ancient roots, atmosphere and
Leicester Antiques Society, April 2013
We have never received such wonderful hospitality and
friendly welcome. Everyone was amazed by it and talked about it on the coach. We
thoroughly enjoyed our visit to you and really loved your home.
Chelmsford Group, April 2012
Little did the club members and friends realise what an
utter treat they were letting themselves in for when they booked for this summer
outing. How many of us have driven past this wonderful Tudor timber structure
and though how charming it looks; how lovely the garden looks which you can
glimpse through the thick yew hedge..? And how one day we really must go and
take a closer look... Well all I can say is GO! This total gem is a Pandora's
box of delights and no words can adequately describe what's on offer.
West Sussex Writers Group, August 2011.
The garden is lovely and one can hardly believe that much of
it is only three decades old. How proud you must be of your achievement. I
can think of few better ways in which to spend a Sunday afternoon than in
visiting your splendid house.
The Lord Lingfield, September 2014
Marvellous atmosphere, great history and very friendly
Everything was superb; homely, historical and full of
delightful artefacts, furnishings, etc.
The garden was a dream.
Like a chocolate box - until opened we had no idea about the
Visitor comments (2013)
St Mary's does more to encapsulate the rich history of the
South Downs than any single building that I have encountered to date.
Trevor Beattie, Chief Executive, South
Downs National Park. September 2012.
... We discussed
the future of this magical house and gardens. Over the last 27 years you
have done so much to safeguard this important Grade I building and to create
a visitor enterprise that supports the annual expenditure in maintaining the
collections and the property itself.
Robert Parker, Historic Houses Association
... The feeling of real home, which it is,
and the tranquility of the gardens, very friendly stewards and lovely tea.
was so warm and welcoming……such a very special afternoon at a very special
seeing St Mary's - can't think why we have never been to visit before - a
marvellous house, a fascinating garden and such kind and knowledgeable hosts
in Peter and Roger. We shall certainly be visiting St Mary's again and
bringing visitors staying with us to see such a remarkable ongoing
Chris Brickell, former director of RHS Wisley,