Refurbished manor at Folkington opens

Jacquie Brunjes outside Folkington Manor SUS-141022-171918001
Jacquie Brunjes outside Folkington Manor SUS-141022-171918001

Parts of Folkington Manor are being opened to the public for the first time in many years following a multi-million pound refurbishment.

The building, a Grade II * listed property, set within 100 acres off the A27 close to Polegate, has been restored to its former glory by its current owners the Brunjes family.

Also restored are the Flint Halls which will host the first of a number of events open to the public, Christmas in the Parlour, a festive programme of songs, readings and carols by stars of the Operaplayhouse company on three nights, Thursday, Friday and Saturday December 11,12 and 13.

Jacquie Brunjes, a well known singer, dancer and choreographer, is behind the events and has spent the last four years restoring Folkington Manor, owned by Rupert Gwynee, the MP for Eastbourne between 1910 and 1924 and in more recent years the Stacy-Marks family, the fine arts experts who moved there in 1968.

Adam Stacey-Marks sold it to the Brunjes family in 2010.

Jacquie has undertaken many restoration projects, including Ovingdean Grange which was their previous family home, formerly owned by comedian Max Miller and sold to actor and comedian Steve Coogan.

The Flint Halls have been used in the past for private exhibition galleries, entertainment suites, weddings, private theme parties, talks and performances, fundraisers, conferences, screenings, fairs and photographic locations.

Jacquie, married to Dr Harry Brunjes, who spent his formative years in show business before careers in medicine as a Harley street medic and later in the city, said she wanted to share the manor house with the public.

“It’s a unique venue for some unique events,” she said.

“It really is a beautiful place and a part of the local history.”

For further information on the festive programme of events and for tickets visit www.folkingtonmanor.com or call 483946.