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Garden, Big Kitchen & Shops 12pm-5pm. House 2pm-5pm. Last admission to the House is 4.30pm.
Group Guided Tours: Guided Tours of the House and Garden are available from April until October - booking is essential. Please see the website for further details: www.parhaminsussex.co.uk
April & October Sundays only. May to September: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. House 2pm-5pm.
(House and Gardens, House Only prices)
Adult £10.00, £8.00
Senior Citizen £9.00, £7.00
Child (5-15years) £5.00, £4.00
Under 5's Free
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £28.00, £22.00
Group Rate (unguided) £9.50, £7.50
Senior Group Rate (unguided) £8.50, £6.50
Big Kitchen open for light lunches and cream teas from 12 noon.
Many events - see own website
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Parham House lies at the base of the South Downs, with wonderful views of the surrounding country. Set in one of England's finest surviving mediaeval deer parks, possessing a herd of dark fallow deer first recorded in 1628, but probably dating from the days when Parham belonged to the Monastery of Westminster.
The four-acre 18th century walled garden is divided into four squares by crossed paths. These paths are lined by huge luxuriant herbaceous and cut flower borders. Beyond the borders are rose and lavender gardens, a herb garden, vegetables, an orchard and a very beautiful 1920's teak greenhouse.
In one corner there is a charming Wendy House built in 1928 for The Hon Clive Pearson's three daughters, a perfect child-sized cottage with a beautifully made wooden staircase. Outside the walled garden there are extensive pleasure gardens with pond and maze. The whole area is a triple SSSI with large areas of wild flowers.
The Palmer family acquired the land after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the early 16th century, laying the foundation stone of the house in 1577. The Bysshops family bought the estate in 1601 and the 17th Baroness Zouche of Harynworth, a member of that family, sold it in 1922 to The Hon. Clive Pearson. His daughter, Veronica Tritton, lived at Parham until she died in 1993 and her great-neice, Lady Emma Barnard, still lives in the private side of the house with her husband James. Thus only three families have lived at Parham since the 1530's. Mr. Pearson and his wife, Alicia, restored the gardens before WWII, having found them in a sad state when the bought the estate, and opened them to the public in 1948.
The 14th Lord Zouche designed the Pleasure Grounds and Pond in about 1863. Victor Heal, FRIBA, designed the garden buildings and laid out the paths in the 1920s. Peter Coats, the garden designer, was brought in in the 1980s to lay out the Entrance Borders and Blue and Gold Borders. The vegetable, rose and lavender gardens were all planned and laid out in the 1990's. All the existing borders have been re-planned and replanted, again in the 1990's. This work was carried out by Joe Reardon-Smith and Ray Gibbs, the emphasis being on the late romantic English garden tradition. Veronica's Maze was built in 1991 and named after Mrs. Tritton. Its design is adapted from the intricate 16th century embroidery on the Great Bed in the Great Chamber in the House. Tom Brown is the current Head Gardener.