Firle Place, the home of the Gage family for over 500 years, lies in a cleft in the South Downs near Lewes. Surrounded by extensive park and set against a background of hanging woodland.
The unEnglish looking house is built of pale stone brought from Caen in Normandy. Although Firle looks like an eighteenth century house it conceals portions of a much older building.
The imposing Great Hall of the house leads into a number of stately rooms full of beautiful paintings, ornaments, china, furniture and treasures collected by the Gage family through the ages.
Firle House & Cafe: Open daily from 12.00pm – 4pm,
Free Flow House Tour: £5
Set into terraces with lawns and gravel paths include a pretty fountain and were laid in the 19th Century by the 5th Viscount
The Parish Church of St Peter:
The Gage Chapel containing monuments to the family
The picturesque village of West Firle:
Contains many buildings of interest as well as a traditional pub, The Ram, loyally named after the crest of Lord Gage.