Sullington Manor Farm tithe barn was recorded in 1960s by Nicklaus Pevsner as the ‘finest’ barn in Sussex and is known to be one of the longest barns in Sussex. Although restored in 2013 the 400-year-old barn retains its warm atmosphere and authenticity. Learn more when you visit Sullington Manor Farm.
South Downs Way – a stone’s throw distance
A short walk takes you to the South Downs Way with beautiful views over the Sussex Weald and to the English Channel. The many footpaths across the farm that once served farm workers and church goers now make pleasant walks and lead to nearby villages and beauty spots.
This area of Sussex has been inhabited and worked for hundreds, even thousands of years, there are remains of a flint mine and iron-age hill fort, a 1400 year old yew tree in the churchyard, Bronze Age defensive ditch, a Norman knight’s effigy, medieval farm buildings and an ancient drove road – now the South Downs Way.
This beautiful, ten-bay barn is evocative of past agricultural practices and community needs. The structural details of the barn tell of the evolution of farming from the middle ages when the stalks were harvested whole and sheaves stacked to the rafters in the barn ready for threshing in the winter months until the 18th/19th centuries when ricks and threshing machines in the field led to delivery of the grain to the barn in sacks and finally in 20th century when grain from the combine harvester was delivered to the pits in the floor of the tithe barn in vast quantities by tractor and trailer. Until 2002 the barn was in full agricultural use; originally for arable harvest storage, in the 1940s it was used as a cattle barn and more recently as a grain store again.
The main roof structure of the Tithe barn was built in 17th century, re-using the chunky timbers of an earlier medieval barn. Both the existing barn and its predecessor were impressive barns of their time and indicate that Sullington was a medieval settlement of some significance.
Specialist repair work to this 16th century barn has resulted in a really attractive café and exhibition space. The main barn and outside area are dog friendly and the café space itself is cosy and warm. Accompanying the café is an informative and interactive exhibition on the history of Sullington and farming on the Downs which is housed in the main 16th century barn; the early 20th century lean-to extension has been converted in to a charming and stylish, modern café environment. Using great quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible, everything is home-made so allow for a bit of ‘wonk’ but come and enjoy specialist coffee from The Monmouth Coffee Company, homemade cakes, light lunches and afternoon tea – this is the perfect pit stop after a bracing walk up the Downs or a gentle dog walk from Storrington or Washington. A warm welcome awaits!
To visit Sullington Manor Farm by coach contact Holt Services