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Slaugham Place: ruins of distinction

Nestling deep in a secluded spot in the West Sussex countryside Near Haywards Heath is Slaugham Place (pronounced 'Slaffam'), a once grand Tudor Manor House that now lies in ruins. The remaining arches and picturesque meadowland surrounding the ruins provide a stunning backdrop for outdoor weddings and up to 250 guests can catered for. In bad weather, a marquee is erected to protect guests from the elements. It's also open to the public Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

Wakehurst's green-fingered delights

Close to the village Ardingly, just a short hop from Slaugham, is Wakehurst - a National Trust property managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Its 16th century mansion is surrounded by 500 acres of land; in the grounds is Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, walled and water gardens, as well as woodland and wetland conservation areas. Open to the public, Wakehurst offers horticultural enthusiasts a chance to see an extraordinarily wide range of species.

Say cheese - it's High Weald Dairy

Also a short hop from Slaugham Place is High Weald Dairy, which produces all manner of award-winning cheeses. Check out its website for details of its ever-popular cheese-making courses. � Looking for a cheap hotel Near Slaugham Place? Try Travelodge Hickstead Hotel, Travelodge Crawley Hotel and Travelodge Horsham Central Hotel, which are all within an eight-mile journey.