Set within an ancient deer park below the South Downs, Parham is one of the country’s finest Elizabethan houses. Parham has always been a well-loved family home, and only three families have lived there since its foundation stone was laid in 1577. Its tranquillity and timeless beauty have changed little over the centuries. The house was first opened to visitors in 1948 and Lady Emma Barnard and her family have lived there since 1994, succeeding her great-grandparents who bought it in 1922.
On arrival and welcome talk we will enjoy a tea/coffee and biscuits before being split into two groups for a private tour of the house which will last for about one and half hours. Your pre-booked lunch will then be served in the Big Kitchen at around midday. After lunch you will be free to visit the grounds which include a rose garden and horticultural shop as well as St Peter’s church. The House Shop sells a collection of souvenirs and locally sourced produce.
The House opens to the public at 2pm so you will be free to go back and explore it further at your leisure.
All refreshments are included in the price.
We leave for home at around 4.30pm
Leaders: Sue Willis (07973 507338) and Sheila Knight (07811 085917)
Please use these numbers only in an emergency on the day of the trip.
PLEASE NOTE EARLY COACH DEPARTURE TIMES
8.40am Dorking Halls
8.45am Opposite Waitrose
8.50am Bus Stop near Knoll Road