The problem we experience a lot with looking for a nice B&B is that they don’t allow children under 12 meaning another 10+ years of average hotels (and that is if we stick to the one tot we have got). So imagine how delighted I was when I phoned up Sissinghurst Castle Farmhouse and not only they had one last room available for our short notice holiday but they also didn’t object to toddlers.
This Victoria farmhouse has been lovingly restored by the National Trust and taken over by Sue and Frazer. It has seven luxury bedrooms with crisp white sheets, REN products in the bathrooms, G&B chocolate in the room and lots of lovely books and magazins scattered around. Our room was comfortable, very stylish and overlooking the Sissinghurst Castle tower.
On arrival our excellent hostess served us tea and cake in the garden, the garden is lovely, a large sheet of perfect grass with flower borders, sunbeds and tables.
Freddie was overjoyed having made friends with the resident dog, Inca, Sue gave him dog biscuits to feed to Inca but he obviously tried to eat them himself!
The house was as lovely inside with quirky whimsical interior, the members of Bloomsbury Group would have been happy there. A cozy sitting room to relax in, huge entrance hall with a ‘suit’ armchair and pretty breakfast room serving delicious local food. Vases were filled with fresh flowers grown in the back garden and placed in beautiful vases.
The farmhouse is located within the Sissinghurst Estate so to walk to the castle takes about 3 minutes. It is located in the depth of the countryside and we had to drive to most places but there was one lovely pub about half an hour walk away through fields and country roads, The Three Chimneys. The pub located in a picturesque village of Biddenden is pure atmospheric bliss and it serves great pub food, my pâté was delicious served with the pub’s own chutney. Being out of London it has got an enormous garden where we chased the boy round hazel trees while eating the nuts. Walking back to the castle and seeing the sun set over the barley fields made for a perfect evening.
The other place we went to for dinner was just spectacular, amazing interior and perfect food in a 16th century inn. The Great House, in Hawkhurst which is about 10 minute drive, serves absolutely delicious food, I had a humble fish pie with a side of vegetables and I still remember all the flavours, fresh fish and buttery potatoes, nicely cooked peas and broccoli, crisp glass of white. Husband had chicken with dauphinoise potatoes and veg and loved every bite. An added bonus to this wonderful dinner – each dish cost about £11 and as far as I can remember that gets you a nasty plate of pre made frozen meal with brown lettuce in a lot of places.