BHOD 13 - Saddlescombe Farm Tour

Description - A hidden hamlet nestled in the downs, telling the story of downland farming from Domesday to the present day, sold by Brighton & Hove Council to the National Trust in 1995. Saddlescombe Farm has escaped the changes of modern farming, retaining many of its original buildings from the past four centuries. It has an intriguing history: documented in Domesday; home to the Knights Templar and lovingly portrayed in the book, 'A South Downs Farm in the 1860s', by Maude Robinson. For Brighton & Hove Open Door 2013, Saddlescombe offers tours of the farm throughout the day, guided by the National Trust wardens and volunteers who lovingly care for the estate.

Location - Saddlescombe Road, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN45 7DE. Note - By road: Follow signs on the day: Signposted on A281 near the Rushfield Plant Centre. From A27, head north towards Devil's Dyke but stay to the right as the road forks, the farm is then approximately 1 mile. Parking £2. Please follow signs near Devil's Dyke. Limited free car parks at Summerdown Road OS: TQ269112, 5-10 minutes walk from the Farm.
Timing - Sunday 15th September: 1030-1530
Access - Limited wheelchair access in buildings. Some tracks around the farm are challenging but should be manageable with the warden's assistance. Disabled toilet available at the Farm.