Type:National Trust Property

Staplefield Road, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB

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A garden for all seasons, with rare and unusual plant collections, set around a romantic house and partial ruins. The comfortable, yet elegant, house reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family. In spring see blossom, bulbs and a stunning collection of subtly fragranced magnolias. The Rose Garden, inspired by Maud Messel’s 1920s design, is scented by hints of old-fashioned roses. Dramatic shows of vibrant native tree colour in autumn precede winter’s structural form, with pockets of perfumed daphne throughout the garden. Discover hidden corners through stone archways, walk along tree-lined avenues while surrounded by the lush countryside of the Sussex Weald. The adjoining woodland, with lake and bird hides, has plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife.

Guide Prices

Please check website for admission information.


Road Directions

Off London to Brighton M23/A23. Follow the brown signs from the A23. Parking: The car park will open at 9.00am and close at 6.00pm. Car parking is free.

Public Transport Directions

By train The nearest stations are Balcombe 5 miles (no public transport to Nymans available), Crawley 5 miles and Haywards Heath 9 miles

 By bus Metrobus routes 271 and 273 stop nearby, providing an hourly service from Crawley (station) and Brighton, and every two hours from Burgess Hill and Hurstpierpoint.

On foot 5 miles from Balcombe station



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Wheelchairs available


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Dogs on Lead Only - Dogs accepted on leads in garden, assistance dogs only in house and café
  • Event venue
  • Gift shop
  • Licenced for Weddings & Civil Partnerships
  • Public toilets
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Non smoking establishment

Parking & Transport

  • Parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided tours
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Free entry for National Trust members. We are open 7 days a week, and there is no need to book. Please note child ticket is aged under 17. Under 5's go free. In the garden, dogs are welcome until Sunday 12 February 2023. From the 13 February, throughout spring and summer dogs are no longer allowed in the garden. We welcome them back again from Monday 30 October 2023 until February 2024. Hours to visit with your dog are between 1.30pm and 4pm. We ask that dogs are kept on leads and stick to the main paths in the woods during bird nesting season: 1st March


  • Other Awards National Trust 2017
  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2017

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