The beautiful Sissinghurst Castle Garden is not far from London in Kent, just an hours drive. There’s plenty to see, from the beautiful flower gardens to the orchard to veg and herb garden to woodlands with panoramic viewpoints. So get your boots out and off you go exploring!
Chateau de Sissingherst
Sissinghurst was used as a prison for French sailors during the Seven Years War between between 1756 – 1763 and that’s when Sissinghurst became known as Chateau de Sissingherst or Sissinghurst Castle.
As you walk into the front courtyard, you soon realise that it’s not just a show place. The beautiful cottages are actually occupied by the residents. And if you like, you can even rent The Priest house for a little holiday!
Panoramic views from the tower
Once we filled up our stomachs with a pot of tea and lunch, we easily conquered the 78 steps leading to the top of the tower. At the top we were rewarded with beautiful views of the estate for our efforts.
But it wasn’t much of an effort really, rather a pleasant climb. The tower now houses an exhibition space so you can pop into little cosy rooms for some rest along the way.
Exploring the wonderful English garden
As ever, I was taking my time to slowly walk through the garden in the sunshine, look around, sit about and inhale all it has to offer. I’ve been to so many English gardens already, but it’s never enough.
Spotting the rabbits in the glorious veg and herb garden
Don’t forget to pop into the veg and herb garden, it’s great and offers lovely views! We were greeted by adorable pumpkins and a couple of rabbits hopping around.
They must love the garden and all those juicy greens! I often get excited about the beautiful things that grow in the gardens. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country our of the girl!
A walk around the Sissinghurst grounds
We also enjoyed the circular walk around the Sissinghurst grounds. It’s a 3 mile magical walk through the woods full of mushrooms and fields full of fluffy sheep, cattle and other curious species that just suddenly appear in front of you.
Start with the orchard and make your way towards the Rounds Hill Wood, enjoy the lake abundant with fish and continue towards Dig Dog Lane for some panoramic views.
The walk got us thirsty and hungry again so just before leaving the estate, we stopped for some cream tea, which is really hard to resist when you spend all day out and about in the fresh air.