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Great Dixter

Parks, Gardens & Vineyards in Hastings & 1066 Country

Though no longer a secret within our shores, international visitors may be surprised to learn that Sussex is THE top wine-producing region in the UK, the land and climate making it the perfect combination for the production of award-winning sparkling wine to rival champagne.
 
In 1066 Country our vineyards are all family owned and run. We have both the oldest organic vineyard, Sedlescombe Vineyard, and the biggest organic wine estate, Oxney Organic Estate, in the UK.  
 
For group tours visit Carr Taylor Vineyard in Sedlescombe or have a bespoke tour for two at Charles Palmer Vineyards. All vineyards are nearby the historic towns of Hastings, Battle, Winchelsea or Rye.
 
Or make it easy (and a treat) for yourself and enjoy the day out with Jamie and Stephanie of Vine & Country Tours. They will collect you from your local accommodation to take you on a tour of our prestigious winemakers, to savour award-winning wines, and immerse you in the tastes of Sussex and Kent. (Max group size – 8).
 
In the 17th Century, tulips were considered so desirable that a single bulb of one of the most beautiful in history was worth as much as the cost of a house.  There is no better place to appreciate the mesmerising properties of this irresistible flower than in Pashley Manor Gardens at the annual Tulip Festival in April/May with over 14,000 bulbs and more than 85 different varieties.
The fifteenth century Great Dixter was the family home of Christopher Lloyd, the famous gardening writer whose life was been devoted to creating one of the most experimental and innovative gardens imaginable.
Hurst Green's Merriments Gardens are similarly experimental only this time the design is concerned less with the origins of the plants and more with their appearance.
Visit a hidden gem, King John’s Nursery, Garden and Café deep in the heart of the beautiful East Sussex High Weald, created out of two derelict 1950s chicken sheds and the owner’s passion for growing plants. It has evolved into an escape from the usual.
Visit nearby Bateman’s, the former home of Rudyard Kipling, the gardens of which should not be missed especially in springtime. Herstmonceux Castle Gardens are also of considerable interest to garden lovers with their beautiful Elizabethan walled grounds and the many woodland trails, where bluebells put on a spectacular show in early summer.
There's even a series of lily covered lakes that lead to a 1930s folly.  Follies are strange or unusual monuments to madness, inspiration and idiosyncracy that can be found in the strangest places.
One of 1066 Country's most charming eccentricities are Fuller's Follies, a series of bizarre landmarks built by Jack Fuller, a 19th century squire and Member of Parliament.
 
The National Pinetum at Bedgebury houses the largest collection of conifers on one site in the world.  It’s also a great place for cycling, walking, horse riding and adventure play.
Within walking distance of Hastings Town Centre, is multi award-winning Alexandra Park that was the subject of a Heritage Lottery restoration project. 

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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

A large coastal nature reserve with shingle beaches, sandy shores at low tide, grassland, saltmarsh and reedbeds bordering lakes and pools hosting a...

Carr Taylor Vineyard

Carr Taylor Vineyard

David & Linda Carr Taylor established the vineyard, in the beautiful 1066 countryside just north of Hastings, more than 30 years ago and quickly...

Almonry Gardens

Almonry Gardens

The Almonry Gardens are the perfect complement to a busy day's sightseeing in Battle. Surrounding the Battle Museum of Local History and the Almonry...

Manor Gardens, copyright TLindfield/BStorkey

Manor Gardens

Take a trip around the picturesque Manor Gardens, with wonderfully colourful plants and flowers. The ruins and remains of the original Manor House...

Bateman's

Bateman's

This 17thC Sussex Ironmaster's house, built in a Wealden valley, was the home of writer Rudyard Kipling from 1902 to 1936. Rooms used by Kipling can...

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

Head north from Sedlescombe village on the Hawkhurst Road to discover the oldest organic wine producer in England: Sedlescombe Organic vineyard....

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