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Enchanting medieval timber-framed house in the pretty downland village of Bramber, with fine panelled interiors and five acres of beautiful gardens.

St Mary's has a unique Elizabethan 'Painted Room' with trompe l'oeil murals. Visitors admire its picturesque charm and enjoy its atmosphere of friendliness and welcome.

Peter Thorogood, author, composer and historian, and Curator Roger Linton, conservator, designer and landscape gardener, together with other members of their family, saved St Mary’s from semi-dereliction in 1984 and have brought the house and gardens to their present splendour.




Sundays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays from May to September.

Wednesdays in August from 2pm to 6pm; last entry at 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

In the village of Bramber, just off the A283 about 1 mile east of Steyning.

For those travelling by public transport, the nearest train station is Shoreham-by-Sea, where there are connecting buses to Bramber (about 5 miles away).


Historic Houses members visit for free.

House & Gardens: adult £10, senior £9, student/child £5

Gardens only: adult/senior £6, student/child £3

More admission details

  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

We offer private group visits with a guided tour. Please see our website for more information.

Things to See

Fun Facts

The house has notable literary connections. Algernon Bourke and his wife Gwendolen, who lived at St Mary's in the late 19th century, were the inspiration for characters in Oscar Wilde's famous play 'The Importance of being Ernest'.

Alfred Musgrave, who owned the house from 1907, was the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story, 'The Musgrave Ritual'.


St. Mary’s is an enchanting Grade I Historic House with beautiful gardens in the pretty downland village of Bramber. The romantic
surroundings make it a perfect venue for your wedding.



  • Wedding planner
  • In-house catering
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking

The setting was stunning and made our day so magical. The photos were just gorgeous and everyone commented on the beautiful house and grounds which were a perfect backdrop to our day. We couldn't have chosen a better place...a day we will never forget!

Helen and Oliver

We have fallen in love with St Mary's... the place is so romantic and breath-taking. All our family and friends commented on how stunning the surroundings were and how it made the occasion much more special.

Mr & Mrs Lewis

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

St. Mary’s House is an enchanting Grade I Historic House situated in the downland village of Bramber. It is surrounded by formal and topiary gardens with pools and fountains.

The atmospheric surroundings make it a perfect venue for formal dinners/receptions and meetings/seminars. The daily delegate rate includes:

Freshly brewed coffee and biscuits

Light two-course salad lunch with fruit juice

Afternoon tea with home-made cakes

Use of digital projector, screen, stationary, jugs of iced water and cordials, pads, pencils.



  • Wifi
  • Lunch
  • Projector and screen
  • Refreshments
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking

School Visits

Dating back to Tudor times, St Mary's House covers a long period of history, and provides an ideal venue for school visits fulfilling many of the requirments of the National Curriculum in History for Key stages 1, 2 and 3.

We offer private guided tour by experienced guides for school groups of up to 45 children.

For more information please see our website.