We are back from Kent and I can honesty say I have never seen so many pretty places in a stretch of four days and a few miles. The Sissinghurst Estate is definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth and I am so happy to have seen it, it was on my list of places to visit for a long time.
Warning: a total picture overload and garden p*rn.
Located in a stunning countryside the buildings date to Elizabethan times and consist of granary, barn, tower, houses and gardens. The famous gardens surrounding the tower date to 1930s when Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson took residence at Sissinghurst.
There are a couple of interiors we saw, one a small office in the tower, the other a large sitting/dining room with library in a converted barn. The tower room was very much in line with the Bloomsbury Group aesthetic while the barn room was more medieval with grand oak chairs and massive open fire. You can see the huge fireplace from outside in a picture below. No indoor photography allowed.
The garden is split into several sections, we were lucky to enjoy it in glorious sunshine but I guess the ultimate thing to do is to go there in different months to appreciate it fully. Mid August is definitely one of the best seasons in the garden with dahlias, roses, lilies, cosmos and other beauties in full bloom.
If you haven’t had enough of Sissinghurst yet please come back for the vegetable garden, bits of the estate and the best B&B in the land.