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Historic Houses, Gardens and Museums

There's a number of historical houses, beautiful gardens and interesting museums near South Lodge, just take a look at some of the places below.

Leonardslee Gardens

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens described as ‘The Finest Woodland Gardens in England.’  First planted in 1801, the Grade I listed gardens on the 240-acre estate features outstanding scenery throughout the year and is particularly majestic as it blooms in spring or takes on the glorious colours of autumn.

Distance: Opposite South Lodge!


Nymans Gardens, Handcross

Own by the National Trust, Nymans is a garden lovers' home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins.

Distance: 4 miles | 8 minutes approximately


High Beeches, Handcross

With 27 acres of woodland, water gardens, and a collection of rare, exotic and award-winning plants, High Beeches Garden is a botanical treasure trove, and one of Sussex's finest gardens. Home to a plant collection that includes specimens from many parts of the world. It's a hidden gem in the High Weald of West Sussex.

Distance: 6 miles | 10 minutes approximately
Tel: 01444 400589


Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath

Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with spectacular views over the Sussex Weald and the Ouse Valley, Borde Hill’s grounds extend to over 200 acres across the garden, woodland and parkland. The 17 acres of formal garden are designed in a series of outdoor ‘rooms’, each with its own distinctive character, colour and scent.

Distance: 10 miles | 20 minutes approximately

Tel: 01444 450326


Wakehurst Place, Haywards Heath

Beautiful botanic gardens located in West Sussex and managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Set in 465 acres of country estate, Wakehurst boasts ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve, and an Elizabethan mansion.
Picture courtesy of Jim Holden

Distance: 14 miles | 25 minutes approximately


Brighton Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China.

Distance: 18 miles | 35 minutes 


Hampton Court Palace

To this day, you can still experience the beauty that so enthralled Henry VIII as you stroll around six acres of magnificent buildings. Each and every corner will capture your heart. 

Distance from hotel: 20 miles | 28 minutes approximately

Tell: 02087 819500


Petworth House

Owned by the National Trust, this stately mansion nestles in the South Downs. The late 17th-century Grade I listed country house is filled with treasures, while the parkland landscape was sculpted by 'Capability' Brown.

Distance: 20 miles | 30 minutes approximately
Tel: 01798 342207


Arundel Castle

Open to visitors for more than 200 years, Arundel Castle continues to attract a steady stream of guests with its compelling events calendar and 40 acres of stunning grounds and gardens, as well as the Castle itself.

Distance: 23 miles | 35 minutes approximate
Tel: 01903 882173