This is a place for garden-lovers. Wealthy German stockbroker Ludwig Messel purchased the 600-acre Nymans estate in 1890 and began the creation of what is now one of England's most inspirational gardens, with fabulous views across the Sussex countryside. The house was badly damaged in a disastrous fire in 1947 and never fully repaired, leaving a romantic, Gothic, ruin. Part of the house was rebuilt, however, and lived in by Anne Messel, Lady Rosse, mother of Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Ist Earl of Snowdon) until her death in 1992. The house can now be visited as well as the garden and there are numerous public walks nearby. In addition, the National Trust has opened a large plant retail shop on the site.