A couple of months ago I applied for, and won, two tickets to visit Sissinghurst Castle in the ‘My Big Kent Weekend’ draw. Sissinghurst was the home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson for about 30 years, and they are responsible for the beautiful gardens.
The view over the Weald of Kent
I last visited Sissinghurst a long time ago, and the gardens and tower are as lovely as I remember, even in March. I would love to go back in the summer to see the gardens in full flower, but I do know that it is a very popular tourist destination, and it gets very busy in the summer. The meadow covered in Spring flowers was just gorgeous.
My friend and I had a lovely afternoon wandering around the beautiful gardens, and going inside the Gatehouse Tower, where the couple had a very pretty, but snug sitting room. The views from the tower are lovely, but it would have been nice to have got right up to the top of the tower, as you can see there was work going on up there.
There used to be an Elizabethan moated house on the site, but the building was demolished about 200 years ago, leaving the Gatehouse and the attached buildings. Apart from the formal gardens there are beautiful woodland walks surrounding the castle, and even though the trees were bare we enjoyed the walk, even if we were the only ones in that area.
We both had a lovely day, there are a few other beautiful places to visit in the same area, so hopefully we will get to some of those later in the year. I hope everyone is having a really good weekend
I could sit here and enjoy the view any time