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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.

Charleston Track Repairs

Public Statement

Unfortunately, a number of recent media reports have mischievously attributed false motivation to
The Firle Estate and Viscount Gage in the matter of Charleston Trust’s successful grant application
for funds to upgrade the access road to Charleston.

For the benefit of the local community, the Estate wishes to set the record straight.

Charleston Trust, an independent charity, acquired Charleston Farmhouse from the Estate in 1980.
Today Charleston is a thriving cultural attraction of importance to the South-East, drawing visitors
from around the country and internationally. These visitors bring revenue streams to the local
economy, particularly retail income, and the Charity plays a part in offering employment and wider
job opportunities thereby supporting the recovery and growth of the region’s visitor economy.

Precisely for these reasons, Charleston, working with the South Downs National Park and East Sussex
County Council, successfully applied through the South-East Local Enterprise Partnership to the
Getting Building Fund to improve the farm track which Charleston’s visitors need to drive up in order
to access the attraction.

As a stakeholder and responsible steward of the local landscape and rural economy, Firle Estate was
pleased to be able to support Charleston in this endeavour by providing its consent without which
the grant could not be practically gained.

Moreover, at its cost, Firle Estate also provided project management supervision and short-term
funding to allow the project to go ahead.

Firle Estate remains pleased to play its part as landowner and steward of this unique landscape by
supporting Charleston and South-East LEP in their promotion of the local visitor economy.
The Estate does not intend to comment further on this matter as we believe the facts surrounding
Charleston’s grant application are a matter for the Charleston Trust and the awarding grant body,
the South-East Local Enterprise Partnership.

In the matter of what we believe has been mischievous reporting, the Estate is considering its
position with its legal advisers.

Full details of Charleston Trust’s application through the South-East Local Enterprise Partnership can
be found via this link.

Bob Baines
Estate Director

Firle Place

House & Visits

Firle Place is closed for the 2021 season.  Information about 2022 opening will be updated soon.

For those of you who missed seeing the Regency Wardrobe Exhibition or would like the chance to view it again, you can experience your own private 360 degree virtual tour from the comfort of your home.

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.