The Priest House

The Priest House

The only one of its kind open to the public, this beautiful 15th century Wealden hall house stands in a traditional cottage garden on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in picturesque West Hoathly. It hosts a fascinating museum of Sussex Folklore.


The house was owned in turn by Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Mary I and Elizabeth I. It is now furnished with 17th & 18th century country furniture and domestic objects while the garden is planted with over 170 culinary, medicinal & household herbs. The resident curator gives fascinating tours of the house and garden if requested and you are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the cottage garden.

Information for Visitors:
Plan your visit
Adult Group Visits & Tours

Open: March to October 10.30am to 5.30pm. Sunday 12pm opening. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Admission 2018: Adult £4.90, child £2.40, concessions £4.40, family £12.50 (2 adults and up to 4 children), Garden only £1.00.
A reduced price for groups of 15 or more is available, please contact The Priest House for more details.

Gift Aid your admission.

Our sites are open to all, but anyone under the age of 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult, unless agreed in advance with our staff.

We regret that we only allow assistance dogs into the house and gardens.

Please see our Historic Sussex leaflet 2018 to find out about other Sussex Past properties.

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

Tel: 01342 810479,  Email.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Find out more on our Volunteers page.