The first generation arrive at Aldwick Farm
The story began with the Dibble family moving to Aldwick Farm. Betsey Lillian
Dibble, grandmother of Carole, Chris and Sandy, was born at the farm that same
year. Seen here the youngest sibling of Fredrick, Louise and Ida.
The Dibble Siblings
Frederick, Louise, Ida and Betsey seen here outside the farmhouse at Aldwick.
The second generation
Our Betsey Dibble, married Herbert Watts. They had 4 children:
Herbert, Dennis, Raymond and Lillian.
Farming in the blood
Dennis Watts was born June 27th 1935.
The 3rd generation
Dennis Watts married Mary Hathway.
They moved into Aldwick and together built a successful farming business.
From tenants to owners
Prior to this year the family had only been
tenants on the farm. Dennis and Mary purchased the farm.
The fourth generation
Carole, Chris and Sandy Watts, the children of Dennis and Mary all enjoyed
a memorable upbringing at Aldwick.
From father to son
Chris became the next custodian of the farm. His entrepreneurial spirit took the
farm in new directions. Aldwick became home to ACF Hospitality.
Changes a foot
Chris’s enjoyment of wine and personal connection with South African
vineyards inspired the 2008 creation of our first vineyard, Homefield.
The need for development
With help of a DEFRA scheme and his sister Sandy, Chris started construction
on building a visitors centre and venue replacing the old farm building.
Sandy Luck takes over the helm
Chris was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in late July 2011. Appointed
a trustee of his estate, sister, Sandy Luck, took over the running of the Estate.
Completion of the new venue
The venue was launched in April of this year. The first wedding took place shortly afterwards.
Aldwick wines are a winner
Mary’s Rose, named after our own Mary, receives Aldwick’s first wine awards.
Home Sweet Home
Carole and her husband, Howard, set plans in motion to return to the
family business after living and working in Spain for 25 years.
Time to re-brand from Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard to Aldwick Estate
The fifth generation
Sandy’s children William, Oliver and Jessica Luck. To be continued ….?