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Nymans, Haywards Heath

Stunning, romantic house and ruin set in 33 acres with a garden for all seasons, cafe, events, gift shop, plant shop and second-hand bookstore.

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For a grand day out, it has to be National Trust, doesn’t it? The whole family will adore this stunning, romantic house and ruin set in a garden for all seasons, bursting with rare and unusual plants, and a huge estate ripe for exploration.

It’s also the perfect spot for a romantic afternoon wandering around hand-in-hand, discovering hidden corners through stone archways, and walking along tree-lined avenues surrounded by the lush countryside of the Sussex Weald.

The elegant house reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family and hosts exhibitions throughout the year.

This being the National Trust there’s naturally a cafe, a gift shop and a plant shop on site with the cafe being upgraded and a new one added during 2020. More unusually, Nymans also has a secondhand bookshop, perfect for a leisurely browse.

The garden is a visual spectacle all year round, from carpets of snowdrops and a stunning collection of magnolias in Spring to the summertime splendour of The Rose Garden, inspired by Maud Messel’s 1920s design. In autumn there are vibrant displays of native tree colour then winter brings pockets of perfumed daphne throughout the garden.

Keep an eye out for nature trails, events and activities during the school holidays.

Planning a photoshoot for a wedding or other special occasion or project? Ask Nymans about using the gardens and ruins as a backdrop.

You can even hold your wedding at Nymans, using the rose-covered arches of the Italian Loggia to say your vows. The Gothic structure is set within the sunken garden and licensed for ceremonies. 30 can be seated inside, more using the adjoining lawn. We did say it was romantic.

Courtyard photo by Lisa Davies

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Staplefield Road, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB

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