The Abbey at Robertsbridge in East Sussex is a Grade II* listed former Abbot’s house of historical and architectural interest.
The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary was founded by Alured de St Martin (Sheriff of the Rape of Hastings and steward to Richard I) and his wife Alicia in 1176. Between 1225 and 1324, the Abbey was visited by Henry III, Edward I and Edward II. Folios in the British Museum attribute the earliest form of intabulated music – The Codex – to Robertsbridge Abbey in 1360.
With parts of the building over 800 years old, the Abbey displays a plethora of fascinating period features including Caernavon arches, mullioned and trefoil windows, oak floorboards, magnificent open fireplaces, a pointed stone medieval doorway and a small ogee-headed window.
Today it provides a well proportioned home, the heritage of which has been lovingly preserved by subsequent owners. Each room provides its own special atmosphere while retaining the air of tranquility and simplicity originally sought by the Cistercian monks.
Set in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with about 13 acres of gardens and grounds, the Abbey is within easy reach of Robertsbridge mainline station offering frequent services to London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross.