More old buildings could be restored at Hendall Manor

Hendall Manor Farm. The manor is marked by the pin and the medieval barn is at right angles to it. Other buildings mentioned in a planning application are at the bottom, centre, of this Google Earth image.

Plans are being made to turn a basement, barns and outbuildings at Hendall Manor Farm, Herons Ghyll, into accommodation for the owners, visitors and guests.

The buildings include the main house basement, a medieval barn, a cart barn and an implement shed.

Extensive repairs have previously been carried out at the farm, with the manor and medieval barn repaired between 2005 and 2007, and a long barn adapted as a private venue between 2009 and 2011.


The works received a Sussex Heritage Trust Award in 2012 and a CPRE Commendation in 2017.

A statement accompanying the latest planning application, WD/2020/1688/MAJ, says the current owners bought Hendall Manor Farm in 2004. The manor is used as a family home, while the wider farm has been developed as a wedding venue and multi-purpose events destination.

The statement says: “It is the applicant’s intention that the proposals outlined later in this document continue this approach, providing appropriate functionality to each area where change is proposed, whilst ensuring that historic built fabric, and the heritage significance of that fabric is retained.”


It continues: “It is our assertion that the proposals will, at worst, have no impact on the number of vehicle movements on and immediately around the Ashdown Forest, and at best will reduce the number of vehicle movements by providing additional accommodation for event visitors, eliminating the need to leave Hendall to travel to a hotel and return the following day.”

The main house basement, which has four rooms, a wine cellar, foal store, general purpose space and modern utility room, would be adapted as ancillary family accommodation.

Part of the medieval barn garden store would be converted into a bedroom, bathroom, and cloakroom serving the existing barn property.


The cart barn would be repaired and incorporate an open plan guest suite, while the implement shed would be replaced with a new guest suite.

See full details in the planning application on the Wealden Council website: WD/2020/1688/MAJ.

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