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History of Sumners
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Sumners Ponds was once a dairy farm until the owners diversified and began allowing people to camp and fish around the original Farm Pond. We are still very much a working farm with a beef herd of around 100 cattle. They are a mix of Charolais (white), Simmentals (various colours with white faces), Aberdeen Angus (black), Holstein Friesian (black and white), Belgian Blue (blue/black and white) and native Sussex (brown/deep red). In the winter the cows are kept under cover in the cattle barn at the entrance to the site and in the summer they graze out in the fields. Sumners Farm is also home to a large brood of chickens, a dozen sheep and three Shetland ponies.
We have created some picturesque walks through the woods on the farm, particularly through the bluebell season. These trails span out with miles of footpath, bridleway and farm land. Whilst we hope that you enjoy all the footpaths on the farm we do advise that if you have dogs or young children you look for alternative routes to cross any fields where cows are grazing.
Barns Green & Beyond
Barns Green is a pretty village is well known for its close-knit community and its many different events within the village. The Queens Head is our local pub offering traditional pub food, real ale, beer garden and small function area. It’s within easy walking distance via footpaths on the farm and campsite. If you wish to book a table their telephone number is 01403 730436. Barns Green Village Stores is open from 7am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sundays. The store offers an excellent range of groceries including a well stock deli and off license. Post Office facilitles are also available including cash withdrawal. There is a small children’s playground on the village green which can be reached via footpaths and so avoiding the road.
Westons Farm Shop, just outside the village offers a good selection of local and homegrown produce and much more besides. Local pubs include The Selsey Arms at Coolham crossroads, The Red Lion in Slinfold village, the George and Dragon at Dragons Green and the Bax Castle at Two Mile Ash. Barns Green has miles of footpaths connecting neighbouring villages such as Brooks Green, Dragons Green, Christ’s Hospital and Itchingfield. Southwater and Billingshurst, are larger local villages, both around 3 miles from Barns Green. Southwater’s main attraction is its Country Park which offers a variety of recreational activities including an adventurestyle play area, orienteering course and tuition in canoeing, sailing and windsurfing. The Park also includes a wildlife area. Both villages also have a supermarket each, along with a good selections of shops, and several pubs, restaurants and take-aways.
A charming market town that has managed to hold on to its past, yet has also moved forward with the times. Four miles from Sumners Ponds, Horsham has regular markets and a good variety of independant shops as well as a shopping mall offering the usual high street names, a large well stocked library and all the other amenities associated with a town this size. Attractions include a good public swimming complex, bowling alley and large park featuring pitch and putt, tennis courts, the Millennium Maze and coffee shop, as well as good night life.