Route 84 - Mon-Sat approx. seven journeys per day
The pretty village of West Hoathly may be quite small, yet it is home to both a lovely country pub called The Cat Inn, and the delightful Priest House which is now a fascinating Folk Museum. This 15th century timber-framed hall house in North Lane was originally built for the Priory of St. Pancras in Lewes. In the 16th century it had central chimneys and a fine Horsham slate roof added to create a substantial yeoman farmer’s house.
The rooms are now full of well-presented country village furniture, ironwork, textiles and domestic bygones, ‘bringing history to life’. The knowledgeable resident Warden who is happy to answer questions about the house and its contents, also tends the sublime garden, which is bursting with herbs associated with myths and magic! Ask him why you might want to plant a box hedge around your house...
There is a selection of souvenirs and gifts to buy in the small but well-stocked Museum shop. Some of the plants raised in the garden are also for sale, and when taken home, will provide a lasting reminder of this charming place.
We recommend that you visit www.sussexpast.co.uk to confirm opening hours and admission charges before making your journey, or call the The Priest House on 01342 810479.