EAST GRINSTEAD, WEST SUSSEX
Built in 1792 as a temple to Bacchus in romantic parkland, this was the first work of Benjamin Latrobe who was responsible for the Capitol and the porticos of the White House, Washington D.C. Owned by Led Zeppelin in the 1970s, the present owner found it derelict in 1982. Whilst teas are served beneath a copy of the Elgin Marble frieze, a derelict dining room still shocks the unwary. Guided tours by the family take you through almost the whole house and make a most interesting afternoon.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- All public areas accessible for wheelchairs, please phone in advance
- Opening Times: Open early Jun-end Sep, Wed, Sat & BH, 2-5.30. Private visits may be arranged at other times. Please see website for further details and concert/live music dates
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About the area
Discover West Sussex
Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.
In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham.
West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.
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