How fortunate that my visit to Sissinghurst should coincide with one of the warmest days of the year so far. As we drove through the picturesque Weald of Kent, the roads were fringed with colourful, wild flowers billowing beneath a clear blue sky. The drive itself was uplifting and a reminder that summer has well and truly arrived. A drive also always helps to decrease my anxiety levels so it was a bonus to witness such a scenic route.
This National Trust estate is truly a sight to behold. As you turn every corner, there’s another incredible view for your eyes to feast on. Remains of an Elizabethan Manor House, a castle tower, a moat, an oast house and a horticultural haven. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson’s cherished garden has a wow-factor in every area, from the rose garden to the herb garden. It’s romantic embullience has been preserved for visitors to bare witness to gardening perfection.
The infamous White Garden was a favourite. I’d also recommend ascending the tower where you’ll discover 360° views of the estate and the lush surroundings of the Weald.
Sissinghurst is certainly further proof that Kent really is the Garden of England.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Cranbrook, Kent is now open. National Trust