Balcombe estate covers some 3500 acres of the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty. Small irregularly shaped fields surrounded by an abundance of ancient semi-natural woodland create a truly picturesque backdrop to the village of Balcombe.
The estate’s traditional values coupled with an ability to adapt to modern techniques and changes in farming and forestry practices means that this beautiful countryside has been and will continue to be enjoyed by countless generations. The estate also provides livelihoods, homes and services to a broad cross-section of the surrounding community.
The Balcombe Estate has a long and rich history dating back to the 12th century. It has been managed by a succession of families over the years, each of whom has left their own mark on the land. In the 19th century, the estate was home to a thriving community of farmers and craftsmen. Today, the estate is still managed in a sustainable way, and it is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, badgers, and foxes.
Balcombe Place forms part of the Balcombe Estate. It was built in 1856 and was given to Lady Gertrude Denman by her father, Weetman Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray, as a wedding present in 1905. Lady Denman was a remarkable woman who was passionate about social justice and environmental sustainability. She used her position to promote these causes and is remembered as a pioneer for women’s rights and a champion of the environment.
The descendants of Lady Denman still own and run Balcombe Place today. They are committed to preserving the estate’s history and natural beauty, and they offer a variety of tours and events for visitors to enjoy.