South Heighton, East Sussex
Manor Farmhouse, built around 1740, is a Grade II* home nestled on the South Downs. Located in the South Heighton conservation area, the house has been restored and the garden reimagined, drawing inspiration from structured formal gardens.
WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Originally part of the Glynde Estate, Manor Farmhouse is situated in the village of South Heighton. The village is close to the South Downs way, and is close to Monk's House and Charleston House, homes to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group.
The village was home to Ursula Mommens and continues to be the focus of artistic activity through Chris Lewis and Christian Funnell. Since 2016, work has been undertaken to restore the house and redevelop the garden.
THE HOUSE AND GARDENS
The journey so far since 2016
The village of South Heighton lies on the north eastern fringes of the town and port of Newhaven, East Sussex, and is located on the flank of the Downs on the eastern side of the Ouse Valley. The county town of Lewes lies approximately 7 miles to the north.
Mentioned in Pevsner's Guide, Manor Farmhouse is an 18th century L-shaped building and dates to the 18th century. The front of the building is faced with flint with a stringcourse, window surrounds and quoins of pale buff bricks. The roof is of plain clay tiles and is hipped. The rear is faced with black mathematical tiles.
The South West facing garden is structured around three areas. The top wooded area, middle terraced garden including the potager and lower wildflower meadow garden. The garden has been assessed as part of the English Gardening School Good Gardening diploma.
“I am extremely happy walking on the downs...I like to have space to spread my mind out in.”