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“Beautiful House, Idyllic Setting”

Parham House & Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: One of the top twenty in Simon Jenkins's book 'England's Thousand Best Houses'. Idyllically set in the heart of an ancient deer park, below the South Downs, the Elizabethan house contains an important collection of needlework, paintings and furniture. The spectacular Long Gallery is the third longest in England. The gardens include a four-acre Walled Garden with stunning herbaceous borders, plus Pleasure Grounds. Parham has always been a well-loved family home, and only three families have lived here since its foundation stone was laid in 1577. Its tranquillity and timeless beauty have changed little over the years. Now owned by a charitable trust, the house is lived in by Lady Emma Barnard, her husband James and their family. Open from Easter Sunday until the end of October. Please see the website for days and times.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Wow, what a lovely find ! Lovely surprise for a wet March day... sadly the bad weather this winter has delayed some of the Spring Flowers so the gardens are not yet at their best but sure another week or two the gardens will be full of magnolia, tulips etc.

As for the house itself, Parham is definitely a smaller stately home that you could imagine living in - light and airy, with a beautiful collection of art and craftsmanship including the beautiful 4 poster in the Grand Chamber, tapestries, rugs, wood-carved chairs and cabinets and even a sedan chair, with different rooms dedicated to different periods of time.

The cafe too is well worth a visit as reasonably priced for good quality local home-made food.

One of the more original collections in a truly lovely setting. For me, it beats Knowle and Chartwell.

Can't wait to re- visit when the blooms in the garden are at their best ☺

3  Thank BlondeAdventure
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Beautiful house and gardens in a unique setting. Lovely park with fallow deer and a view of the South Downs. Do look it up and visit, well worth a day out.

2  Thank Monica S
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Experienced both the house & the special events staged here. Attended the Coutry Fair with lots of things to see & do, with guided walks to investigate the ice house, dovecote & stalk the deer that roam the grounds.
Also been lucky to watch the local cricket team take on the Parham team, in an amazing setting in the sunshine.
You can also walk through the parkland on the public footpaths.

2  Thank ChristineLynn53
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Beautiful location, this house and gardens. Friendly staff, good local, home-made food including ice-cream.

Thank Arman M
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

I took my family to the Halloween weekend event yesterday, gorgeous setting & the events that were arranged were excellent. However the catering was woeful. The Big Kitchen area was obviously very busy but appeared to be understaffed & the queues were rather long & constant. The Burger/sausage area outside had one cook & one young lady serving. You had to queue in the tea room area to pay & get your tickets, we queued for an hour & then 30 minutes in the queue for food, by which time they had run out of cheese! Very badly planned, more food/drink trailers would have been an a good idea.

Thank Diane P
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