“What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful” Vita Sackville-West
We presume Vita very much had Sissinghurst in her mind when she wrote this. Nestled in the beautiful village of Sissinghurst is Sissinghurst Castle, where Vita Sackville-West lived and wrote. Now owned by the National Trust, the “Castle” (it is not in the league of Leeds or Hever castles) is perhaps more famous for its gardens.
It was a beautiful sunny late April day when we visited. Everywhere looks better in the sunshine (not least after the long winter) and we caught the gardens full daffodils.
We climbed the many steps to the top of the tower (a bit of exercise in readiness for the cake to be consumed). It was a very clear day and we could see for miles across the beautiful Kent countryside.
To be honest it wasn’t the best time of year for the rest of the gardens, but in a few weeks time it will be amazing. The Spring bulbs were beautiful though.
The garden is only covers 5 acres but is packed full of interesting features and is just a gorgeous garden.
Sissinghurst is free for National Trust members. There is the usual National Trust restaurant with cakes in an old granary (although at 3 in the afternoon when we visited it looked like it had been visited by a plague of locusts, or at least coachfuls of over 60s!).
There is also a coffee shop by the car park. The gift shop is not the most exciting (National Trust need to stock more local goods) but there is a lovely plant shop.
There is always lots going on at Sissinghurst. We will be there on 1 and 2 June for their Arts and Crafts fair. Come and see us!
Love from Kent