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“Afraid to share this glorious place”

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 December 2, 2012

I have been visiting Parham House for around 50 years and love it with a passion. I am terrified to praise it too much as I love the fact it is still relatively unknown. The gardens are a dream, the house delightful and so intimate you could imagine living in it, unlike so many stately homes. The shop is very quaint and I've have found some nice gifts on past visits, the kitchen tea room is also very well appointed and interesting, I prefer to visit mid week outside of school holidays, at times you could wander the grounds and not encounter any other visitors; the garden shop is excellent for picking up healthy plants or even fruit at the right time of year.

2  Thank Magglington
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

I frequently visit Parham for events or just to walk around the grounds to enjoy the varying seasons and view the house when in-house events are on. Last visited for the Garden Weekend in July for teh 19th Annual Garden Weekend. . . had a great time and came away with a variety of unusual plants and local craft items.

It is always worth checking what is on at Parham if you are in the area - there is something interesting on each month from April to October.

1  Thank Stevetwo
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Fascinating house and gardens well worth the trip. Set in a superb location the country backgrounds make this a must as a visit.

1  Thank Tony J
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

A wonderful day out on their 'Foraging Day' . Did not have the chance to eat anything but will certainly be going back to give the restaurant and the house a try.

1  Thank Mary0206
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Parham House and gardens only opens on Sundays in October, so your opportunities to visit are now very limited for 2012. But definitely save this one up for next April because the grounds and house are steeped in period atmosphere. I happened to go on an Autumn "event" day on 14th October - these days give extra value to a visit - for example my 3 year old nephew couldn't quite believe his eyes when he saw the Mythago Morris men and women, dressed in shredded black costumes, masks and accompanied by drums and assorted percussion, perform various ritualistic seasonal dances. I was fascinated by the medieval peasant talking us through her meagre harvest of quinces/beech nuts/apples/honey..great stuff.
There was pumpkin soup (obviously) and guided walks to spot mushrooms and deer across the estate! We saw plenty of wildlife and I could have stocked up on bread, veg and cakes from local producers.
Totally enjoyed it. There is an entry price for anyone over 5. I didnt spend much time in the house, but it was very welcoming and had a very different feel to the sometimes manicured atmosphere of the NT.. You can also look up the public footpaths which cross the estate as these are free.

4  Thank Fivewaysgirl
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