PUBLISHED: 17:09 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:45 21 May 2015
Nymans- The Garden Lovers’ Home.
In the late 19th century the unusually creative Messel family bought the Nymans estate in the High Weald of Sussex with the intention of making a dream country house. Inspired by both the setting and the soil, they created one of the country’s great gardens with experimental designs and plants from around the world. Nymans became a garden lovers’ home, a place where the Messels entertained family and friends, enjoyed time relaxing and playing in the garden, and picnicking and walking in the woods. Partially destroyed by fire in 1947, the house and ruins sit within a romantic and picturesque setting.
Beauty, colour and interest are in evidence all year round and Nymans holds a significant collection of fascinating and rare plants. There are year round exhibitions to enjoy in the Long Gallery of the house as well as other year round activities such as: creative hands on workshops, garden workshops, theatre and evening events, guided walks, school holiday trails and free activities to pick up and do every day. Family activities include a bamboo jungle, weekend workshops, trails and geocaching.
For garden lovers there is a well stocked plant and garden centre including the Nymans Collection of plants propagated at Nymans Nursery. The Pavilion Cafe is open all year round and serves a range of homemade food and snacks.