Christian & Rhoda 

Christian Funnell is a Sussex sculptor whose public art can be seen all over Sussex, not to mention lots of other counties, schools and in private gardens. Moving to The Old Forge in 2004, we started to open our home & garden as part of Brighton Festival's Artist Open Houses & Lewes Artwave.

The beautiful studio in the garden is available for people to stay in. Also the house, studio and garden for book & magazine shoots. Scroll down for prices and availability.

See for more of his work

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Open as part of Lewes Artwave

25th Anniversary year with the 1st Newhaven Festival of Belonging

3 weekends

August 18/19, August 25/26/27 & September 1/2

20 artists & makers showing their professional work.

Prices from £5

Cream teas, Mamoosh artisan deli flatbreads & hummus.

Card payments taken


Nominated for Best Open House 2016

Best Open House (of 240 houses) as part of Brighton Festival Artist Open Houses- 2010


The studio is available for rent. On a 2 night minimum basis, you are welcome to hunker down in this lovely space. Sleeps 2.

Mid century style and a luxurious bathroom plus a log burner for any chilly weather. Logs are included as well as some breakfast foods.

The Old Forge is right on the South Downs, near to Lewes, Seaford, Glyndebourne, Firle and the Newhaven ferry. One hour 20 mins from London.

The Old Forge, Heighton Road, South Heighton, Newhaven,

East Sussex BN9 0JH

Studio Autumn /Winter prices - £95 per night Friday-Sunday for 2 people

                                                     £90 per night Mon-Thursday for 2 people

Single occupancy available at a reduced rate.

Studio Spring/Summer prices - £95 per night for 2 people

Single occupancy available at a reduced rate.

Location Shoots

Includes use of house, garden, studio and any props we have.

Call: 077 99 23 88 68