SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO
If you want a rest from driving there is access onto a public footpath just outside the garden, and the Vanguard Way is only 10 minute’s walk. Several vineyards in the vicinity produce some rather good wines which can be sampled and bought. The Bluebell Steam Railway makes frequent journeys from Sheffield Park, with its period railway station and it often holds special evening and weekend excursions for all ages.
A great day out can also be enjoyed in the Ashdown Forest, less than 2 miles away, which is an ideal setting for wildlife and offers the perfect location for picnics, walking and riding. The beautiful landscape of the Ashdown Forest was used by A.A. Milne as the setting for the Winnie-the- Pooh stories.
This is an area rich in historic houses and beautiful gardens. Glyndebourne Opera House is only 30 minute’s drive. Why not have a day out, do some shopping and take in the Georgian Spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells or visit the seaside towns of Brighton or Eastbourne. Battle Abbey and 1066 country are both within easy reach or how about hiring a bike and taking a ride on the Cuckoo Trail.
The Ashdown Forest
Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of tranquil open heathland occupying the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The house where Pooh lived
Ashdown Forest - Pooh Corner
Pooh Sticks Bridge
The Milne's lived beside a small stream that eventually runs into the River Medway. Their old Farmhouse lay a short distance from a wooden bridge that they needed to cross to reach the Ashdown Forest. It was on one of these visits that he and his Nanny played the game of "Poohsticks"
Wakehurst Place Mansion
Wakehurst Place is a National Trust property located near Ardingly, West Sussex in the High Weald of southern England, comprising a late 16th-century country house and a mainly 20th-century garden.
Royal Tunbridge Wells
The Borough of Tunbridge Wells is a local government district and borough in Kent, England. It takes its name from its main town, Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Glyndebourne is an English country house, the site of an opera house that, since 1934, has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Hever Castle is located in the village of Hever, Kent, near Edenbridge, 30 miles south-east of London, England. It began as a country house, built in the 13th century. From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the Boleyn, originally 'Bullen', family.
Scotney Castle is an English country house with formal gardens south-east of Lamberhurst in the valley of the River Bewl in Kent, England. It belongs to the National Trust.
The garden at Sissinghurst Castle in the Weald of Kent, in England at Sissinghurst village, is owned and maintained by the National Trust. It is among the most famous gardens in England and is grade I listed.
Fortified manor house with adventure playground, summer maze and events including farmers' markets.
Groombridge Place is a moated manor house in the village of Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. It has become a tourist attraction, noted for its formal gardens, vineyards and a bird of prey sanctuary,The Raptor Centre.
The Cuckoo Trail
The Cuckoo Trail is an 14-mile footpath and cycleway which runs from Hampden Park to Heathfield in East Sussex. It passes through the towns of Polegate and Hailsham, as well as the villages of Hellingly and Horam.
Chartwell was the principal adult home of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill and his wife Clementine bought the property, located two miles south of Westerham, Kent, England, in 1922.
The Bluebell Railway
The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for 11 mi along the border between East and West Sussex, England, run by the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society.
Royal Pavilion, Brighton
The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is a former royal residence located in Brighton, England. Beginning in 1787, it was built in three stages as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century. The current appearance of the Pavilion, with its domes and minarets, is the work of architect John Nash, who extended the building starting in 1815.
Michelham Priory is the site of a former Augustine Priory in Upper Dicker, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom. The surviving buildings are owned and administered by the Sussex Archaeological Society and are Grade I and Grade II listed.