Sunday 6th September sees the National Trust’s farmstead at Saddlescombe open to the public – a rare opportunity to visit this secluded hamlet on the South Downs –once home to the Knights Templar.
As life returns to the farm for one day, a master carpenter will be busy in the workshop; logs will be sawn in the only working sawpit in Sussex and volunteers will be laying a recently planted hedge. In the wattle house you can try your hand at making sheep hurdles and learn ancient carpentry skills. Families can hunt for clues to solve the puzzles on the treasure hunt.
Visitors will get a unique glimpse of this farm that time forgot, with its blacksmith’s forge, 400 year old barn and even a donkey tread wheel which once provided water to the whole farm. There’s also the chance to explore the “Tudor wing” of the manor house and see the produce of its kitchen garden and orchard.
For those wishing to explore a little further, there’s an opportunity to join a National Trust Warden on a tour of the surrounding Downland.
The farm will be open between 10.30am and 4.00pm. Charges for this special event will be £4 for adults £1.50 for children plus £1 for parking. Teas and homemade cakes will be available from the new Hiker’s Rest tea shop.
Saddlescombe Farm is ¾mile east of the Devil’s Dyke. It can be reached by taking the award winning open top 77 bus to the Devil’s Dyke, and walking the South Downs Way from there. Car parking at the farm will be signposted on the day on Saddlescombe Road, between Poynings and the Devil’s Dyke Road from the A27.
For more information please call the National Trust on 01273 857712