Parham House reopens to visitors this month with Easter activities and its own unique charms to enjoy throughout the summer. Parham is generally considered one of the finest Elizabethan manors in the country, and when the writer Simon Jenkins compiled his book of England's Thousand Best Houses he placed Parham firmly in the top 20. The elegant, timber-beamed Long Gallery is particularly stunning but the whole house has a tranquil and loved atmosphere.
This Easter however the gardens will be full of fun, with two days of family events on Easter Sunday and Monday. These include a garden trail, face-painting, crafts, storytelling and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny, and if he or she isn't handing out chocolates to hungry little hands I'll be much surprised. Hmm, think I'd go along and find out if I were you! And if you book up to 12 hours in advance you can get 10% off the usual admission price.
The extensive gardens and grounds at Parham are lovely in their own right, whether or not you go into the house, and the spring bulbs should be in full bloom at Easter so there's plenty of scope for a relaxing stroll. If you want to walk further, the grounds cover something like 875 acres of the South Downs and, naturally, include a deer park (they seem to have been de rigeur when houses like this were built).
You'll find Parham between Storrington
, with free parking and disabled bays. It's on a bus route and if you're staying within cycling distance that's a great way to get there too, though there are no cycle routes through the park; or perhaps you're booked into one of our cottages in this charming part of Sussex, with the option of walking. Happy holidays!