Nymans is definitely one of the most talked about places to visit and quite rightly earns its popularity rating from our many visitors. Situated a mere 12 miles from Cumberland House, a short 15 minute drive towards Haywards Heath takes you in the direction of some lovely countryside and this National Trust historic house at nearby Handcross.
The beautiful gardens and woodlands are open daily throughout the year, but between March and October visitors can also explore the dramatic architecture of the house. Part Regency, part pseudo-medieval and following a fire in 1947 a part ruin, although the Messel Rooms still remain as they would have done during the time of the Messel family and house a fascinating collection of almost every type of object. Modern day visitors are privy to the remains of a fairytale gothic mansion.
Inspired by the beautiful wooded surroundings Ludwig Messel bought the Nymans Estate in the late 1800’s to make a family home. He also created a peaceful country garden with plants collected from around the world. Topiary shapes, an Italianate loggia and the oldest heath garden in the country also feature at this amazing National Trust destination. Guided walks and talks are available in the garden and woods and a small gallery houses exhibitions and workshops reflecting the changing seasons.
For budding artists, the regular and fascinating art workshops on offer during the year provide participants with genuine inspiration from their surroundings and the special horticultural workshops and guided garden walks are tailored around the gardens changing landscape.
Highlighted as one of the National Trust’s most eco-friendly properties Nymans inspires a more sustainable way of living and visitors arriving by green transport get a free hot drink in the restaurant.
Equally as important for visitors that are a little less able on their feet, convenient mobility parking, level pathways and a volunteer-driven mobility buggy are on hand so everyone can enjoy the free tours departing daily to the garden and woods. Wheelchairs are also available.
Inspired by the stunning gardens, there is a large shop with woodland craft sales and a plant centre containing a special plant collection grown on site as well as a café offering seasonal food and both outdoor and indoor seating.
If you are looking for a great day out in West Sussex then Nymans should definitely be on your ‘to do’ list! Visit their website for more information.