About 8-10 kms away from Sissinghurst, depending on what road you travel on, is the lovely, old Scotney Castle.We arrived by car and had no trouble finding a Car-Park. As we were getting near closing time for the Manor Home, we decided to make our 1st stop there.This is the 'newer' house which was built between 1835 & 1843 to replace the Old...more
Many times I had seen and heard about this Castle & Garden on Television. It was hard to believe, that I was actually here at this famous Castle!The Castle has had its share of important visitor's, including King Edward I to stay during the 14th century, Queen Mary in 1557 and Queen Elizabeth1 in 1573.The Moat no longer exists all the way around,...more
Just my opinion, I think if you come to Scotney Castle, you really should see the gardens.The gardens are big, and there is a fair amount of walking to do, and on the way back, of course it is uphill!We were here a bit off season for a lot of Flower's, but I have seen photo's when the Rhododendron's and Azalea's and other plant's are blooming at...more
So, we have just been into the "new" Scotney Castle and enjoyed that, so now we will take a walk through the garden and have a look at the "old" Scotney Castle.Wow! This is nice!I have come across the moated Castle that was built between 1378 - 1380. The water was so calm, and the reflection's were lovely, this is a stunning part of the garden.The...more
I thought it was really worthwhile having a look inside the Manor. Plenty of antique furniture, old photo's, paintings, china-ware and the various rooms to see. Some of the rooms were done in wood panelling, and another had lots of beautiful carvings. The Library fireplace had beautifully carved wood panelling surrounding it. Ceilings were...more
As we entered the little village of Sissinghurst, we couldn't help but notice the Village sign and the Penny Farthing Bike beside it.Evidently, this Penny Farthing was originally erected on the nearby Wilsey Pound roundabout for the Tour de France, which travelled through Sissinghurst on 8th July 2007.more
So what else was there to see......Plenty!There were gardens full of Blues, Purples and Lavender's, and any colour that blended nicely with these colours.A Rose, Azalea and White garden, and lets not forget the Orchard and the Lime Trees.By the Tower, the lawn had been cut immaculately, and once again, there were flower borders.This whole garden...more
We arrived, parked the car, then went to show our passes at the Admission centre.Before entering the garden, we decided to visit the Museum which was included in the price and located inpart of the Oast House's. There wasn't much to see, but I did like seeing the miniature of Sissinghurst and its gardens.From here, we then entered through the gate...more
The Cottage garden is where we headed to next. I love Cottage gardens, especially in places like Sissinghurst, as they often have rarer plants, and ones I don't see at home.Sissinghurt's Cottage garden, laid out in 1931, is made up of a lot of the "hot" colours, like yellow's, red's and orange's. It is filled with the latest hybrids and newly...more
The restaurant is open from 10am but hot food is served from 12pm onwards and closes at 5pm between 17th March and 28th October. Opening hours at other times of the year are 11-3pm.The food is all home made and there is a wide variety available. I had the granary bread with spinach and broccolli soup, followed by a coffee. It was very yummy but...more
St. Dunstan's is an Anglican Church in Cranbrook, Kent. It is a beautiful looking old Church that dates back till the 12th century. Tombstone's are old and falling over in the cemetery surrounding the Church, and across the road is the historic Church house. The Church has been nicknamed "The Cathedral of the Weald" because of its magnificence!
I was able to go inside and see the lovely, stained glass windows. Outside, I loved the Clock tower and the figure standing above it. A great old door, and some interesting old Tombs, I quite enjoyed a look around here.
It is located at the corner of High street and Carriers road, Cranbrook.
Cranbrook is very close to Sissinghurst.
Part of the woodland walk also includes the two small lakes where you can see waterfowl and other pondlife. It's such a tranquil setting. It is thought that the lakes were originally the hollows which, in the 15th and 16th centuries had been excavated for clay. The clay was used to make the bricks to build house and Harold Nicholson (Vita's...more
Over many decades Vita Sackville-West designed and nurtured her beloved garden with care and the help of several devoted gardeners. Each garden was designed and planned with imagination and consideration, some parts are more formal than others but it is the variety that makes it interesting. With fragrant herbs, bee-hives, a dovecote, arbours,...more
I'm no expert but the Manor House must be one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in SE England. Check out the archways, windows, doors, chimneys and other aspects, there are a lot of features that aren't immediately apparent but contain exquisite details!more