Alfriston Clergy House
The thatched 14th century Wealden hall-house is surrounded by a delightful cottage garden, full of wildlife, and lovely views from the Arts and Crafts terraces over the meandering Cuckmere River. It was the first acquisition of the National Trust.
This mellow farmhouse was reinvented by unconventional artists in 1916 and became a retreat for the Bloomsbury set. Inspired by Italian fresco painting and the Post-Impressionists, the artists decorated the walls, doors and furniture at Charleston.
This is a surviving Tudor village with roots going back to the ancient druids. Chiddingstone Castle is both gothic and picturesque. It houses eclectic collections of Stuart memorabilia, and Egyptian and Japanese artefacts, the lifelong passion of antiquarian, Denys Eyre Bower.
Coldrum Long Barrow
A spiritual moment contemplating the vista across the weald. The stones are part of an ancient communal tomb dating from 3985 BC.
Fishbourne Roman Palace
Built in 75 AD, the remains of a vast Roman palace were discovered by a construction worker in 1960. With fine mosaics and even central heating, the palace once had 100 rooms. The formal Roman garden has been recreated to the original design and filled with roses and acanthus, plants beloved by Romans.
Each successive owner added their own touches to this perfectly preserved medieval manor house. It is not grand but standing in a sheltered wooded cleft, it conjures up the history and atmosphere of 650 years ago. In the serene gardens, natural springs feed the lakes, streams, pools and fountains, and the many garden rooms reflect the ideas of the families that lived here.