Borde Hill Gardens
Brighton and Sussex

Borde Hill Gardens

Borde Hill Gardens are open to the public from 19th February 2022. Country Life magazine describes Borde Hill as: “One of the country’s truly great gardens.”  The grounds cover over 200 acres across the gardens, woodland and parkland, with beautiful views over the Sussex Weald.  There are 17 acres of formal gardens, which are designed…

The Best Gardens in Sussex
Brighton and Sussex

The Best Gardens in Sussex

The best gardens in Sussex – within easy reach of Steyning. Here are some of my favourites: I revisited all of them last year! Sussex Prairie Garden An 8 acre garden planted in a naturalistic style, with swathes of grasses and perennials surrounded by mature oak trees. Near Henfield and just a 15 minute drive…

National Trust Sites near Steyning
Brighton and Sussex

National Trust Sites near Steyning

National Trust Sites near Steyning are within easy reach by car. The Closest Sites Cissbury Ring A former Neolithic flint mine and Iron Age hill fort, Cissbury is the most historic hill on the South Downs. The site is just outside Worthing and only 10 miles by car: It should take 18 mins to get…

Castles near Steyning and Brighton
Brighton and Sussex

Castles near Steyning and Brighton

There are several castles near Steyning and Brighton which are open to the public and well worth a visit. Bramber Castle The remains of this Norman castle are on a small hill overlooking the River Adur, defending a gap in the South Downs. The one surviving wall of the tower, 14 metres high, suggests how…

Vineyards and Wine Tours
Brighton and Sussex

Vineyards and Wine Tours

Vineyards and Wine Tours are within easy reach of Steyning. Tours are usually on offer through the summer months. The number of successful commercial vineyards in Sussex have been growing in recent years. Locally produced wines often do very well in international competitions. The chalk soil similar to that of the Champagne region of France,…

Parham House
Brighton and Sussex

Parham House

Parham House and Gardens Parham House is a wonderful example of an Elizabethan building with a great hall and long gallery. Set in a deer park, it also has attractive gardens and a plant shop. The gardens are open and the house is reopening on 21st July 2021: Pre booking essential. The house and gardens…