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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.

Firle Place

House & Visits

House Opening Sunday 30th May – Tuesday 26th October 2021 (pre-booked tickets only)

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday – 12.00 noon until 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Firle Place this summer.

Social distancing will be adhered to in line with prevailing Government advice.

There are some exciting events planned for 2021 including the exquisite and extraordinary Regency Wardrobe Exhibition 29th August – 26th October

Talks & Workshops September/October 2021

Many Faces of English Fans in the Late Georgian Period

Thursday 9th September 2021
Mary Kitson, Fan Historian, The Fan Museum, Greenwich

“Just as ladies’ fashions developed and changed, so did fans and, until more modern times, there was possibly no greater change than the one that took place at the end of the 18th century.”

Mary Kitson will explore the various types of English paper fans and the ways in which they were used and crafted, following styles of dress – as the 18th century led into the Regency. Mary Kitson holds degrees in Art History and Renaissance Studies and a Consultant to The Fan Museum, Hon. Secretary of The Fan Circle International and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers. Over the last 20 years she has developed her interest in hand fans, regularly lecturing on the subject and bringing this oft neglected costume accessory and art object, to a wider audience.

Ticket price – £26.00 per person (on sale April 2021)

Book Tickets

Ticket includes
Tea and coffee on arrival
Talk by guest speaker
A tour of Firle Place and The Regency Wardrobe Exhibition

Photograph © The Fan Museum

Rascals and Rakehells: Original Menswear from Jane Austen’s time.

Thursday 16th September 2021
Mark Wallis, Authority on Men’s Clothing and Historical Costume Interpreter

Mark Wallis is an authority on historic men’s clothing and sources rare items for museums around the world including the V&A, Colonial Williamsburg and Musee des Arts Decoratifs. He has collected original menswear and accessories since he was a schoolboy, and in that time, has amassed what the V&A describes as, the biggest known private collection of historic menswear from 1650 – 1950. Mark enjoys a flamboyant personal style, often dressing in reproduction clothing in his role as Managing Director of historical interpretation company Past Pleasures Ltd, but also for his hobby of period dancing.

Ticket price – £26.00 per person (on sale April 2021)

Book Tickets

Ticket includes:
Tea and coffee on arrival
Talk by guest speaker
A tour of Firle Place and The Regency Wardrobe Exhibition

Beautifully Hand-Made – Regency Treasures from the Olive Matthews Collection

Thursday 30th September 2021
Grace Evans, Curator of Fashion, Chertsey Museum

The Olive Matthews Collection at Chertsey Museum incorporates over 6,000 items of men’s, women’s and children’s dress and accessories dating from c.1600 to the present day. The collection is particularly known for its 18 th and early 19 th century holdings, which have survived in remarkably good condition. My talk will take a look at the origins of the collection; how Olive Matthews gathered her precious items together during her lifetime, her motivations, and how the collection came to be at Chertsey Museum. I will then focus on important items of beautifully hand-made Regency dress, some of which have inspired the work of Stephanie Smart, paper sculptor. Their fabrics, decoration, construction and history will all be explored using a wide variety of sumptuously detailed images from this important and treasured collection.

Ticket price – £26.00 per person (on sale April 2021)

Book Tickets

Ticket includes:
Tea and coffee on arrival
Talk by guest speaker
A tour of Firle Place and The Regency Wardrobe Exhibition

Photograph: Silk Spencer, c.1815, © Olive Matthews Collection, Chertsey Museum.
Photo by John Chase Photography

Quilling workshop

Thursday 7th October 2021
Stephanie Smart, decorative paper artist and head of the House of Embroidered Paper.

This memorable exhibition is the work of one woman, decorative paper textile artist Stephanie Smart. Firle is delighted that Stephanie has agreed to host a workshop on ancient art of paper quilling or paper filigree which she uses extensively in her creations. The art form involves rolling, shaping and gluing paper into ornamental designs, in Stephanie’s case mimicking embroidery, lace and haberdashery.

Ticket price – £40 per person (on sale April 2021)

Book Tickets

Ticket includes
Your ticket includes tea and coffee on arrival and a light lunch.
Workshop led by Stephanie Smart. A unique opportunity to learn the art of paper quilling.

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.