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View from the Rose Garden to Arundel Castle in Sussex

Arundel Castle

Arundel, Sussex

Roger de Montgomery was given land in the Welsh Marches and one fifth of Sussex for his loyalty to his cousin William the Conqueror. After de Montgomery’s death, the motte and double bailey Castle reverted to the Crown under Henry I.

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View of the house from the rose garden at Batemans in Sussex, home of Rudyard Kipling


Burwash, Sussex

The present house was probably built by William Langham in 1634 and was lived in by John Brittan from 1687 until 1715. In 1902, the house was bought by Rudyard Kipling.

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Kitchen garden with brick path with Standen House in the background

Borde Hill

Haywards Heath, Sussex

Stephen Borde built the house between 1583 and 1590 and it remained in the Borde family until the death of William Borde in 1720. The estate then passed through several hands until it was bought by Colonel Stephenson Clarke in 1892.

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View from the coloured border in the garden created by Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter in Sussex towards the house

Great Dixter

Rye, Sussex

Built around a fifteenth century manor house, Nathaniel Lloyd commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to enlarge the house in 1909. Lloyd’s son Christopher, gardener and garden writer, experimented with original and exciting planting combinations. Fergus Garrett became Head Gardener in 1992 and worked alongside Christopher Lloyd until Lloyd’s death in 2006. The garden is now under the stewardship of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

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Horsham, Sussex

Charles II gave St Leonards Forest to his physician Sir Edward Greaves. The land then passed to the Aldridge family who in 1801 sold part of the estate to Charles George Beauclerk who built a lodge and began the layout of the garden.

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Gardens at Michelham Priory in Sussex

Michelham Priory

Hailsham, Sussex

Originally an Augustinian Priory founded by Gilbert de Aquila in 1229, the Priory was seized during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and given to Thomas Cromwell.

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View from Dovecot over formal garden at Nymans in Sussex

Nymans Garden

Haywards Heath, Sussex

From 1597 until the end of the seventeenth century, the land at Nymans was owned by the Gatland family who built a house on the site of the present house. Nymans passed through several hands until 1890 when Ludwig Messel bought the estate….

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Award-winning gardens at Parham House in Sussex


Pulborough, Sussex

At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Parham was given to Robert Palmer whose son, Sir Thomas rebuilt the house in 1577, incorporating parts of the earlier manor house.

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Urn with view towards Petworth House and Landscape Park designed by 'Capability' Brown


Petworth, Sussex

In 1150, the manor of Petworth was given to Joscelin of Louvain by his sister, widow of Henry I; on his marriage to Agnes de Percy, Joscelin took her name. In 1682, Elizabeth Percy married Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset….

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Sheffield Park

Uckfield, Sussex

Sheffield Park was owned by the De La Warr family in 1292 and passed through several hands before it was sold to John Baker Holroyd in 1769. Holroyd commissioned James Wyatt to redesign the house and Lancelot Brown to update the parkland and wood in 1776.

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Kitchen garden with grass path and Standen House in the background

Standen House

East Grinstead, Sussex

In 1890, James Beale bought three farms on land originally part of the Saint Hill Estate. He commissioned Philip Webb to develop one of the farms into the house, decorating the interiors with textiles from Morris and Co.

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Uppark in Sussex within an eighteenth century landscape garden designed by Humphry Repton


Petersfield, Sussex

It is thought that William Talman designed the present house for Forde Grey c1690 when the formal gardens and rides through the woods were also laid out. Grey’s grandson made improvements to the house before selling to Matthew Fetherstonhaugh in 1746.

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Pond with red tree on far side of water at Wakehurst Place


Haywards Heath, Sussex

The house was built in 1590 by Sir Edward Culpeper and then passed through several hands until it was bought by Admiral Peyton in 1776. The estate was tenanted for a number of years with parts of the land sold off until 1869 when the remaining land and house was sold to the Dowager Duchess of …

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Colourful border at West Dean gardens in Sussex

West Dean

Chichester, Sussex

John Lewkenor built a house on the site in 1622 and in 1738, West Dean was inherited by the Peachy family by marriage. In 1804, the Jacobean house was remodelled by James Wyatt….

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Formal Gardens at Woolbeding House in West Sussex


Midhurst, Sussex

Little remains of the Elizabethan house which was rebuilt between 1711 and 1760 by Sir Richard Mill. In 1791, the house was sold to Lord Robert Spencer, third son of the 3rd Duke of Marlborough.

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