The Priest House

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North Lane
West Hoathly, West Sussex RH19 4PP
The Priest House

The Priest House sits on the western edge of Ashdown Forest in the historic and picturesque Wealden village of West Hoathly.

A timber-framed hall house built in the 15th century for the Priory of St. Pancras in Lewes, the property was seized by Henry VIII in 1538 and belonged in turn to Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Mary I and Elizabeth I. Central chimneys and a Horsham stone roof were added in the 16th century to create a substantial yeoman farmer’s house.

The Priest House opened as a museum in 1908 and contains a varied collection of 17th and 18th century furniture, ironwork, textiles, and other domestic bygones, displayed in furnished rooms.

Standing in the beautiful surroundings of a traditional cottage garden, the house is the only example of its kind open to the public in the Weald.

The colourful cottage garden includes exuberant mixed borders of herbaceous perennials, shrubs and wild flowers; and features over 170 culinary, medicinal and household herbs.