about the wiston estate

The Wiston Estate is a traditional family-owned estate which has been in the Goring family since 1743.

The land comprises 6,300 acres, about 40% of which is on the South Downs with the remainder being in the low weald to the north. This includes Findon Park Farm, a 2,000 acre farming enterprise on the Downs with arable land and sheep, including within it the 16 acre Findon Park Vineyard.

The Estate also includes a further 10 let farms, 1,200 acres of woodlands, a large number of traditional houses and cottages scattered across the communities of Washington, Wiston and Steyning and commercial premises including among other things a let sandpit and a brewery.

The seat of the Goring family is Wiston House, a magnificent grade 1 listed mansion which is originally Elizabethan but has been altered much in later centuries. It is leased to Wilton Park, an agency of the Foreign Office, which operates it as a conference centre hosting some 50 international conferences each year. The house, surrounding gardens and parkland are maintained and managed by the Estate.

A team of approximately 20 staff are employed full-time including builders, foresters, gardeners, game keepers, vineyard workers and winery staff. The Estate is managed by a full-time manager who works directly for the Gorings.