Grand Gourmet Tour: £42.50 per person – A comprehensive tour of their vineyard and winery, a tutored tasting of five of their award winning wines and a charcuterie style lunch (allow up to 3½ hours)
Sparkling Afternoon Tea Tour: £34.50 per person – A comprehensive tour of their vineyard and winery, a tutored tasting of four of their award winning sparkling wines and an Afternoon Tea (allow up to 2½ hours)
Taster Tour: £16.00 per person – A tour of their vineyard and winery and a tutored tasting of three of their award winning wines (allow up to 1½ hours)
The magnificent landscaped gardens at Sheffield Park are especially popular in autumn.
‘Capability’ Brown designed the wonderful layout in the eighteenth century. It was developed further in the early years of the 20th century by its owner, Arthur G Soames. The centrepiece is the original four lakes.
The gardens are lovely throughout the year. You’ll find dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring. The rhododendrons, azaleas and stream garden are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many rare trees and shrubs …perhaps the best time to visit?
If you have climbed up to Chanctonbury Ring you will probably be ready to sit down and relax! This ancient site is a great place to sit and admire the fantastic views over the surrounding countryside
It was originally a small hill fort so needed a commanding position. Pottery found and carbon dating on an animal bone suggest it was built in the early Iron Age, but some Bronze Age pottery has also been found.
The site is well known due to the beech trees, planted in 1760 by Charles Goring. They subsequently became a famous landmark, however, the Great Storm of 1987 destroyed most of them. The replanted trees are doing well.
If you walk on the South Downs Way – one of 17 national trails – you will pass Chanctonbury Ring. It is 242 metres above sea level.
It is only 3 miles from Steyning & 15 miles from Brighton
You are spoilt for choice if you would like a traditional afternoon tea is Steyning. The High Street has 5 or 6 cafes where you can treat yourself! One of my favourites is the Steyning Tea Rooms. They are within a 5 minute walk from Rosebud Cottage in Steyning (& within easy reach of Brighton).
Afternoon tea, is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. The custom of drinking tea dates back to the third century BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife. However it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared.
The idea seems to have been introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. She asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her.
This break for refreshments became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon treat which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
England’s longest water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229. Michelham has a fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house. It is a lovely peaceful place – one of my favourites!
As well as the historic house there are seven acres of grounds with kitchen garden and medieval herb garden, a working watermill, working forge & interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century gatehouse.Details at https://sussexpast.co.uk
If you are interested in orchids or other wild flowers do check what courses are being organised by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Their headquarters are within a mile or two of Steyning at Woods Mill.
Courses often start with an indoor session introducing you to the wild flowers of the county and their identification. After lunch you could walk around the Woods Mill reserve and search for flowers. You would learn how to identify them as well as their medicinal uses and folklore. Perhaps you might see a burnt tip orchid! (in the photo)
This course takes place just a couple of miles from Steyning at the Sussex Wildlife Trust headquarters.
Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs and 10 miles from Brighton