Glynde Place
Glynde Place
The home of the Trevor family for over 300 years, Glynde Place is a magnificent Elizabethan manor looking over the Sussex Downs. The interior features a panelled gallery, a collection of Old Master paintings, plus period furniture, silver and china amassed by family members over the years.


The house was built in 1569, using stone and flint specially imported from Normandy in France. In the 400+ years that have passed since then, only 3 families have lived here.

The Elizabethan building was heavily remodelled in the 18th century when a striking stable block was added with an eye-catching clock tower. At the same time, a set of wyvern gates were built by Richard Trevor, Bishop of Durham. The interiors are a perfect example of an English manor house, with a mix of architecture spanning the last 4 centuries. The house has only recently been restored to its historical splendour, a project funded by a sale of a painting by Rubens to the Tate Britain Gallery in London for 5 million pounds in 2008.

The gardens are largely parkland, offering a profusion of spring flowers, with the addition of more modern formal gardens near the house. There is a sculpture garden leading to a wooded copse, where you will see displays of wildflowers. Beside the manor is the neo-classical church of St Mary, built in 1763 to replace a medieval church. Look for memorials to the owners of Glynde Place and a wonderful set of Georgian box pews.

Glynde is best known for its series of outdoor concerts, which are extremely popular. If you intend to visit, I strongly suggest booking as early as possible! The house and gardens are open on selected days throughout the summer.