I love gardens, and Sissinghurst was at the top of my list to see, so when I found out that the National Trust had a B & B right next door, I had to book. It was a great choice! Even though I arrived a little late, Sue could not have been more welcoming and brought me restorative tea and delicious lemon cake.
My room was the Hazelden, and was very comfortable with a small, but updated shower, toilet and lavatory. It had a great view of Sissinghurst's greenhouses and the Tower. Only one caveat--the room faces east and the rising sun will wake you early--could use a window shade.
Breakfast was in the lovely dining room with tables set out with Spode and other blue and white china.. And what a delicious treat it was every morning with choices of juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, some of the sweetest strawberries I've ever tasted--tea or coffee, and that was just for starters. The main course was eggs however you liked with farm fresh bacon, sausage, or smoked salmon, broiled tomatoes, mushrooms and asparagus, toast and homemade jams and marmalade. Excellent!
The Sissinghurst Castle Garden is a short walk away, and a more more lush and romantic garden would be hard to imagine. The gardens surrounding the Farmhouse were lovely, too.
In short, a delightful place to stay, and thanks to Sue for her hospitality and wonderful suggestions for restaurants and places to see.
Tip to American travelers: Join the Royal Oak Foundation to get free access to all of the National Trust properties in Britain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Victorian grandeur and quirkiness of the Farmhouse has been retained in an extensive refurbishment offering luxury accommodation and high quality hospitality within the stunning historic setting of The National Trust's Sissinghurst Castle. Just 100 yards from the World famous gardens and in the glorious Wealden countryside, the seven en-suite bedrooms and quality hospitality will ensure a truly memorable stay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sissinghurst Castle Farmhouse Hotel Sissinghurst