WILD & WONDERFUL SUSSEX 3 days
Day One: Arrive in Bramber, at the foot of the South Downs, to a warm welcome at enchanting St Mary’s House and Gardens. Still lived in, the fine panelled rooms at this 15th century timber framed house include the unique Elizabethan trompe l’oeil Painted Room. There are intriguing literary connections and 5 acres of beautiful gardens with unusual features and amusing topiary. Following the visit, simply cross the High Street to the Tollgate Hotel to check in or take a short drive to the best hotel in Worthing. This evening a three-
Day Two: Sussex Coastal Curios & The Prairie Garden An exhilarating day out with an entertaining Blue Badge Guide begins with visits to the soaring chapel of Lancing College and the extraordinary painted ceiling of the little Catholic church at Goring. Following free time for lunch in Steyning we visit The Sussex Prairie Garden. Huge, dazzling beds are choc full with romantic swaying clouds of thousands of bright and bold perennials. It’s a joyful kingdom of colour in a natural bowl cradled by the rolling South Downs. Not only are there no Keep off the Grass signs there are actually little paths encouraging to walk into and through the borders. Interesting art dotted about adds to a brilliant visit.
Day Three: When Charlie Burrell inherited Knepp Castle and farm he let the 3500 acre estate run wild and created a paradise for wildlife. Grazing longhorn cattle, deer and wild pigs breed without human intervention. The River Arun has been restored and two decades on rare species from nightingales and turtle doves to peregrine falcons and Purple Emperor butterflies thrive. We’ve arranged an exclusive Wildland Truck Safari and walking tour with the estate ecologists. Stop to buy lunch nearby before heading for home in the early afternoon.
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4* Best Western Plus Old Tollgate Hotel
38 room hotel in the quaint village of Bramber based in an around the original coaching inn.
Includes 5 singles, additional single supp is £95.
3* Ardington Hotel, Worthing
A family run Edwardian hotel of 45 rooms with contemporary styling. 2 minute walk to the sea and central for shops, theatre & cinema.
Inc 10 single rooms, single supp.
Availability June to mid October 2019 & 2020
Sun & Mon 4* Tollgate Hotel, Bramber
Thurs & Fri 3* Ardington Hotel, Worthing