We’re very lucky, with our location, to be surrounded by such an array of wildlife at Barnsgate. We see all kinds of creatures such as Muntjacs, pheasants, deer, and a resident buzzard. However, we’ve recently had a new addition to our grounds in rather an unlikely space.
We have discovered that a nest has been made in one of our wall bins for a blue tit and her chicks. If you have been watching Springwatch then you may have recently seen their live feed of a nest hatching and fledging. Ours are some rather late bloomers as they tend to lay their eggs in April or early May and fledge within 3 weeks.
Man-made spaces are often their favourite to nest in. So really we shouldn’t be surprised as our bin offers the perfect space to hide away in. We’re making sure to keep a watchful eye on the mother so that we know she hasn’t been frightened away by any people.
If you haven’t been to us before and you are interested in the local wildlife, Barnsgate really is a fantastic spot to check out. People are often greeted by the buzzard as they go down our drive and we have the forest right next door to spot them in their natural habitat. (I have blogged about the route I would recommend before, you can find it here). Of course, after any adventuring you get up to, you are welcome to join us for a cup of tea and cake!
We are happy to announce that the date of our next craft fair will be on the Spring Bank Holiday – Monday 28th May
The Craft Fair will again be held in our Ashdown Restaurant Suite and our Museum Barn. We are taking stall holder bookings as of today and there is limited availability. We try to keep crafts exclusive to each stall holder so if you are not able to get a stall, we are happy to put you on our waiting list. However, it may be because someone has already booked a stall doing the same craft.
As always, stall holders will have free tea & coffee available throughout the day as well as access to buy hot food and snacks. Our restaurant will also be open to browsers. We will again be opening the door for stall holders at 8 am and the doors will be open to customers from 10 am – 4 pm with free entry.
Book Your Stall
If you would like to book a stall, you can contact us through our website using this link. Or alternatively, you can call me on 01825 713 366 or email [email protected]
I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully making this the best craft fair yet!
2017 Has been another smashing year for Barnsgate Manor. We have had our ups and downs, celebrations and send-offs… but we have been introduced to many new people and changes which we believe will lead to many more changes in 2018!
Everyone loves a love story. At Barnsgate Manor we are very happy to say that we have hosted 25 different weddings last year. Each one was so unique and special in their own way. We’ve had people arriving by horse and cart and having “cheese-cakes“… It’s an event that is so special to be a part of. From the initial introduction right through to the first dance and beyond. The big day is special, but the excitement and the preparations play a huge part too.
It’s always lovely to hear that we’ve done well and even better to see people turn up to other events after they have had their wedding here. We’ve already taken a few bookings for this year that we are excited to work with this year’s couples on and there has been an influx of wedding inquiries over the Christmas period (very romantic! congratulations!) So we are hoping to be a part in a chapter for many more happy couple’s love stories this year!
We have updated our website! A lot of you have been putting it to good use with your bookings and inquiries and it’s nice to be able to keep all our information up-to-date and available for you to see. Obviously, we have our blog post section now so that we are able to keep you in the know about what we’ve been up to and announce any upcoming events and we also have our ever-changing restaurant menu up for you all to see.
So far we have had over 14,000 visitors since September so it’s really nice to see a good response to the website and knowing people are able to interact with it. If you do have any feedback on improvements to our website, however, we would love to hear!
We have had three craft fairs here last year. They had died out at Barnsgate in recent times but since 2016 we have had a bit of a “revival”. They have gone down as a smash hit with plenty of stalls and plenty of browsers! I’m glad they have made a comeback as the Ashdown and the Museum really make the perfect venue for a craft fair and they have been well received each time. We have yet to announce the dates for 2018 but we are looking forward to them being even bigger and better this year!
For those of you who join us regularly, you may be aware of our ever-changing menu and our want of trying out new recipes for you to enjoy! We have had hundreds of different plates for our guests to try. Here are some we wanted to share:
Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
We worked very hard last year to make some changes to be the best we can be and judging by our TripAdvisor page, it looks like you appreciated it! We’re so grateful to all those of you who have joined us at Barnsgate last year and every review does make a huge amount of difference. Good reviews help us and our reptutation, negative reviews tell us what we need to fix to be better. It’s nice to see the good outweigh the bad with our Certificate of Excellence so we will continue as we are and aim to keep delivering the service you expect!
We had a very productive year last year. 2018 is already filling up with bookings so we are looking to repeat our success – if not improve upon – from last year. We all have our New Years Resolutions and things we want to achieve so let’s see if we can make 2018 the best one yet. We would love to hear about your resolutions!
The wedding day included a three-course meal, a “Cheesecake”, a string quartet, floral arrangements and lots more. All fantastically captured by the photographers.
Technology has even taken photography a step further with aerial shots from a drone. I imagine it is pretty nerve-wracking from the photographers perspective to fly hundreds of pounds worth of kit up into the air! However, the images came out brilliantly and we have shared a few shots from the drone above.
Get in Touch for your Wedding
If you would like to get in touch with Shepherd Photography, you can get in touch with them through the links below.
I saw Lola park up yesterday at Barnsgate through my office window carrying the bride and groom. Not only is Lola a means of getting to and from the venue. She also doubles up as a photo booth for everyone throughout the event. It’s such a great touch to add to a wedding day. It is one of the most memorable days in every couple’s lives. It is these little touches that make all the difference. I’m sure the bride, groom and all the guests had great fun seeing Lola arrive yesterday. I know it brought a smile to my face!
Get in Touch
You can get in touch with Mike (Lola’s owner/business partner) through his website or Facebook page if you would like to consider them for your wedding day. You will be able to find most of the details you would need on their website:
Barnsgate Manor house has been around for 500 years. The Ashdown Forest used to be a Royal Hunting Ground and home to deer which could only be hunted by members of the Royal Family. In order to keep the deer in, the Ashdown Forest was surrounded by a ditch and bank (the soil from the ditch used to make up the bank) that was called “The Pale”. The “common” people were allowed to let their animals graze on the forest, but could only gain entry via one of 32 Gates and Hatches that made up the Old Forest Pale. Originally, Barnsgate was one of the Gates onto the Ashdown Forest. It was also a farm.
In the 1970s the German, family-run, Wine Company PIEROTH utilised the site as an outlet for their wines.
The current owner purchased the vineyard in 1989 as a retirement venue. Barnsgate Manor is a venue steeped in history providing jobs and experience to members of the local communities and serving our customer’s great food in a splendid setting.
You can book a table at our manor house restaurant through this link
A lot of effort went into the presentation of our Ashdown Restaurant function suite. Throughout the day members were hanging banners, arranging tables and making sure it was going to be a night to remember.
Guests were able to mingle in our function suite as well as on our balcony while enjoying the views of the south downs (due to the weather being permitting of course!) before sitting down to a three-course meal from a set menu prepared for the evening.
The RAF Air Cadets do a lot of work to support the Royal Air Forces Association which is a charity set up to support families of RAF members through every stage of their life. They provide help by participating in exhibitions, helping less mobile, older members and joining in line ups at formal parades to point out a few examples.
Their work is valued and appreciated. The RAF offers two awards for their participation. Flying Scholarships and their rafa YOUTH Cyprus Award to help further their career opportunities within the RAF. I feel this highlights what a wonderful organisation the RAF Air Cadets really is.