Day 1 – Polesden Lacey
Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at a convenient property en route such as the National Trust’s Polesden Lacey, home to famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time – continue to the 3* Best Western York House Hotel in Eastbourne.
Day 2 – Herstmonceux Castle & Gardens & Bateman’s
Our Blue Badge guide meets us at our hotel this morning and accompanies us throughout the day – set within 300 acres of carefully managed woodland with themed formal gardens, the 15th century moated Herstmonceux Castle and Gardens embodies the history of medieval England and the romance of Renaissance Europe – the National Trust’s Bateman’s property is a beautiful 17th century manor house that was the home of Rudyard Kipling from 1920 to 1936 with most of the rooms much as he left them.
Day 3 – Sheffield Park & Garden, Bluebell Railway & Standen House & Gardens
Sheffield Park features a Grade 1 listed garden laid out in the 18th century by ‘Capability’ Brown – continue to nearby Sheffield Park station for a one way excursion to East Grinstead on the picturesque Bluebell Railway heritage line – designed by Philip Webb, Standen House is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co interiors creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere while the hillside garden overlooking the Medway Valley and Weir Wood Reservoir is made up of delightful woodland and a succession of small very English gardens.
Day 4 – Brighton Pavilion, Charleston House & Anne of Cleves House
Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, a guided tour of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion reveals the magnificent royal pleasure palace that was revered by fashionable Regency society and is still a distinctive Brighton landmark – a guided tour of Charleston House, the home of the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell (sister of Virginia Woolf), explores the country meeting place for the group of writers, artists and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group – Anne of Cleves House formed part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII in 1541 and it now displays period furnishings, everyday domestic objects and tells the story of Lewes from 15th century to modern times.
Day 5 – Chartwell
Stop at a convenient property en route home such as the National Trust’s Chartwell property, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until the end of his life with the rooms and gardens remaining much as they were when he lived there.
Half board accommodation
All excursions & guided tours included
Blue Badge guide in Sussex
Executive coach throughout
One free place per 10 paying passengers
Herstmonceux Castle & Gardens
Sheffield Park & Garden
Standen House & Gardens
Anne of Cleves House
Four nights on half board basis at the 3* Best Western York House Hotel. Located on the seafront close to Eastbourne Pier, facilities include a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool and all rooms are en suite.
Single room supplement £69
Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members)
Tailor-make this tour
Your tailor made tour
Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:
- Bodiam Castle - dating back to 1385 and constructed as both a defence and a comfortable home for Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, the exterior is virtually complete with ramparts rising dramatically above the moat
- Great Dixter House & Gardens - once the family home of the late Christopher Lloyd who created one of the most experimental, exciting and constantly changing gardens of our time
- Parham House & Gardens - a beautiful Elizabethan house dating back to 1577 set in an ancient deer park and one of the top twenty in Simon Jenkins’ book ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses
Reviews for The Historic Houses & Heritage of Sussex
Date of tour: October 2018
We had an excellent visit to Sussex, and thank you for the documentation you provided for me which was most helpful. Everything worked out so well, good weather, good accommodation and an interesting programme so well arranged. The visit to Glyndebourne was a great success, and appreciated by all our members helped by the knowledge of our Blue Badge Guide (a star performer). Many thanks and all good wishes.
Date of tour: May 2018
Just a few lines to say thank you for arranging the great week we have had in Sussex. Everywhere was immensely popular especially Greys Court, Charleston, Standen and Michelham Priory. Anne of Cleves house was opted out of by a few but those who visited were wowed by the bedroom which was open to the roof with wonderful rafters. We should have had more time in Chichester and possibly Lewes. Our two guides in the Cathedral were both very erudite men with clear and interesting stories to tell. The hotel was very good and we had a party in a private room for someone celebrating their 70th birthday and I purchased cakes that the dining room staff cut up and distributed so I would certainly recommend it. Our driver Neil was extraordinarily efficient and talented and we got everywhere on time. Again many thanks for all your work, we all appreciated it.
Date of tour: November 2017
As you know I did not personally go on the tour to Sussex but I can say that all reports to me have been very favourable. We would certainly ask you to organise any other holidays we decide to put on. Please pass on our thanks to all your staff who were involved, particularly Louise who very quickly and efficiently sorted out all the queries I had.
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- stay at a 4* hotel
- for more (or fewer) days
- include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
- bring a specialist lecturer
- include all entrance fees & gratuities
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