Welcome to Firle

A Country Estate
in The South Downs
National Park

Firle Place is an outstanding privately owned country house in Sussex that dates from the time of Henry VIII, but which was substantially remodelled during the Georgian period. Firle Place is very much a family home which provides the perfect setting to house an exemplary collection of works of art, fine furniture and porcelain of national significance.

Incorporating several villages and farms spread over rolling hills, the Firle Estate, in the heart of the magnificent South Downs National Park, is just 60 miles from London. Firle illustrates a rare cultural continuity with an unusually intact estate and a thriving rural community. Central to the atmosphere is Firle’s diverse and culturally rich community with many artists, craftsmen and local businesses. As well as magnificent walks, bike rides and country pursuits, the Estate has many places to stay, eat and drink.

We would encourage you to explore things to see and do using the Interactive Guide to The Firle Estate and we wish you an enjoyable visit.

Public and private events, filming, festivities and weddings take place at Firle throughout the year. Please see the Wedding and Events section for more information.

Firle Place

House & Visits

Firle Place is currently closed for the winter 


House Opening 2024

Sunday 26th May – Tuesday 22nd October 2024

On Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays visits to the house are on a ticketed freeflow basis.  On Mondays and Tuesdays visits are by guided tour only.  These take place on the hour from 12.00 noon and spaces are limited to 15 people per tour

Booking opens 1st April 2024 and all tickets can be booked online


For group enquiries please contact [email protected]  


The Garden Show takes place at Firle from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st April 2024   

  The house will be open on all three afternoons from 12.00 noon until 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm) to visitors to the Garden Show only at a discounted ticket price.  Tickets to the house may be purchased at the door on the day




Location of Hartfield in the feature film of Emma, directed by Autumn de Wilde. Working Title Films, Focus Features, Universal Pictures, 2020

 "A home fit for Emma"

Firle Place is pleased to have been used as a primary location in the feature film adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved classic Emma. Brought to the big screen by Director Autumn de Wilde, the cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn and Miranda Hart. In the new film, Firle Place is transformed into Emma’s home of Hartfield.