Welcome to Buckhurst Estate
Earl De La Warr and his wife Anne and their family invite you to share
their ancestral home.
The Sackville family’s ancestral motto “Jour De Ma Vie” translates as
“Day of My Life” which is how we hope you will remember your visit to
Buckhurst Estate has been owned by the Sackville family for some 900
years and the house, Buckhurst Park, is still a much loved family home.
Herbrand de Sauqueville, a follower of William the Conqueror, settled in
Sussex and his grandson married Ela de Dene, heiress of the Manor of
Buckhurst where their descendants still live. A close connection with
Queen Elizabeth 1st was established through a marriage with a Boleyn
girl and the Queen soon promoted her cousin Thomas Sackville to the
titles Lord Buckhurst and Earl of Dorset, later to become Dukes of
Dorset and Earls De La Warr. A royal connection has been continued by
Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and
the late Princess Margaret who all visited and planted trees, some of
which can be seen to this day.
Unique History of the Gardens and Estate
The origins of the current house at Buckhurst date from 1603, although
it has been improved and altered at various stages since then. Most
notably, the park was laid out by Humphrey Repton in the eighteenth
century, and in the early twentieth century, Sir Edwin Lutyens was
commissioned to add a large wing and, with some planting by Gertrude
Jekyll, a formal terraced garden; the greater part of the Lutyens wing
was largely taken down by the 10th Earl but the gardens remain and are
my wife’s particular joy. Perhaps the most famous part of the estate,
however, is 100 Acre Wood immortalised by A. A. Milne in Winnie the
Pooh; Milne lived in Hartfield, one of the villages on the Buckhurst
estate, and my father even remembered playing with Christopher Robin and
his famous bear.
The Estate Today
Today, the Estate remains very much a working one, and produces some of
the finest organic meat from our herds of Sussex Cattle, Jacob Sheep and
Large Black Pigs. My wife, Anne, also breeds pedigree Shetland Ponies
that, as the South Park Stud, are the oldest registered Shetlands in the
world. The Estate hosts many outdoor pursuits including pheasant
shooting, fishing and clay pigeon shooting and, with the beautiful
backdrop of Buckhurst Park, is the ideal choice for a wedding venue or
for corporate events.
Buckhurst is a very special place to me and my family and I am delighted
to be able to share our website with you.
William, Earl De La Warr