The Priest House

The Priest House and Gardens

The Priest House and Garden is currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This has been a difficult decision and apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

As a charity we receive no core Government funding and rely solely on the generosity of our members and the public. To support us during this difficult time, please make a donation.

15th century hall house hosting the fascinating museum of Sussex Folklore


The Priest House stands in a traditional cottage garden in the picturesque village of West Hoathly on the edge of Ashdown Forest.

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 collected by John Godwin-King, who gifted these and the house to us.

Over 170 culinary, medicinal & household herbs are planted in the garden. The resident curator gives fascinating tours of the house and garden upon request.

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 2020:
Adult £5.10
Child £2.50
Concessions £4.80
Family £13.20 (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.

Please see our Historic Sussex leaflet 2020 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.