Pashley Manor Gardens in Ticehurst East Sussex award winning gardens and are an excellent place to visit for a relaxing day out. With 11 acres there is plenty of space to be able to social distance when you visit.
I mean this is my dream gardens….On our visit it felt like we were in the Mediterranean, it was really relaxing and peaceful.
On arrival there was plenty of parking in a field scattered with trees. We walked down to the front of the house where you enter the gardens, there was an entrance table set up outside to buy your tickets from. The social distancing measures in place were ingenious they had tennis/badminton rackets attached to the card machine so that they could move the machine to you safely for payment.
We spent hours exploring the extensive gardens following the paths and walking around the lake. We found the gardens to be tranquil and peaceful with plenty of room for everyone not to be on top of each other.
We made a pit stop for lunch at the Garden Room Café, with a one way system in place and a table allocation once you have ordered food (you can choose to sit inside or outside). There are plenty of tables available. Homemade food filled the plates and it was delicious, there were gluten free options available. If you wish to have a picnic you are invited to do this in the car park field, this is a large field and a lovely setting.
My highlights have to be finding the sculptures across the gardens, the swimming pool area and meeting the owner James Sellick who had been pruning the roses.
On exit there is a gift shop again with a one way system in place, I purchased some seeds and a reed diffuser in the scent ‘blue bell’ (it smelt just amazing). The products in the shop had a focus on supporting local business which I particularly liked I am not one for always buying something from a gift shop but I couldn’t resist here.
The gardens host many special events including kitchen garden week, Sussex guild craft show and dahlia days.
Remember now more than ever our local attractions will need support as tourist numbers will be much lower than normal.