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Priest's House

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Nr Cranbrook, Kent

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Priest's House is a beautiful detached brick building which is believed to be part of the former Elizabethan mansion which made up Sissinghurst Castle. The cottage sits on the edge of the White Garden and is an absolute must-stay for garden lovers. Many original features remain including mullion and leaded windows, inglenook fireplace, wooden beams and brick flooring. It has fantastic views of the formal gardens. The property has been transformed into luxury accommodation and its furnishings reflect the location the house sits in. The windows in many of the rooms have incredible views of the beautiful Kentish countryside, as well as the White Garden, which was designed to be seen in the moonlight. This is also an excellent base for exploring Kent's historic market towns and coast.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Kitchen/dining room with multi-fuel stove, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, snug sitting area, utility room.
First floor
Three bedrooms (1 large double with steps to en-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle, 2 twins - 1 with 6' bed, which can be a double on request), shower room with lavatory.
Visitor notes

Parking: From January 2016 guests can unload/load outside the cottage, thereafter they will need to park at the rear of the restaurant in two designated spaces. For further parking guests can use the visitor's car park.

Garden: Anyone staying from now until 31st December 2016 will have use of the paved courtyard only, from 1st January 2017 there will be no private garden but exclusive out of hours access to the main gardens including the White Garden remains.

Cottage details
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Let starts
Friday
Min stay
3
Dogs allowed
No
Cottage ref
021007
Acorn rating What's this?
4
Features
  • Open fire / stove
  • Garden appeal
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
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Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

Home Counties
Exterior view of Emley Farm House, Bowlhead Green, Surrey

You could think it may be densely populated and just home to the bustling metropolis of London, but don't underestimate the South East's capacity for hidden charms, secluded landscapes and shady nooks to catch your breath. There's lots to explore from the hazy meadows and pastoral valleys of the South Downs, the dazzling White Cliffs of Dover and the glorious gardens at Sissinghurst and Polesden Lacey.

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Attractions
  • Holiday cottage guests have free access to Sissinghurst Castle gardens during and out of opening hours.
Activities
  • Walking
  • Horse riding
  • cycling
National Trust places to visit
Sissinghurst Castle
Sissinghurst Castle Garden in a ruin in a farm, created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson
Sprivers Garden
Small 18th-century style formal garden with nearby woodland walk
Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle Victorian country house and romantic garden with 14th century moated medieval castle set in a beautiful wooded estate
Smallhythe Place
Smallhythe Place Ellen Terry's early 16th-century house and cottage gardens
Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle Perfect example of a late medieval moated castle
Stoneacre
Stoneacre 15th-century half-timbered yeoman's house and harmonious garden

Reviews

Comments from past visitors

  • Raymond Haynes
    • January 2016
    • UK
    Ideal for a Christmas break

    Cosy relaxing very warm and ideal for a Christmas break.

  • James
    • July 2015
    • ----
    Made enjoyable....

    The beauty of the gardens at Sissinghurst and the accessibility of them when the public was not there. I have told several people how fantastic this experience was.

  • Anne Ayre
    • June 2015
    • USA
    Loved every moment

    We loved every moment of our time at the Priest's House. It was so special to walk in the garden by ourselves and enjoy the fragrant and delicious atmosphere and beauty. It was a dream of ours to stay at The Priest's House at Sissinghurst Castle garden. I have been 6 times and always stayed at the NT Farm House there but this was special to stay in an Elizabethan house. Thank you National Trust... well done!

  • Peter Milden
    • May 2015
    • Finland
    Made special by:

    The atmosphere of the place, it's magical garden and peaceful countryside. The staff was very helpful and friendly.

  • Patrick Taylor
    • April 2015
    • West Yorkshire
    Privilege!

    All arrangements went smoothly. No complaints. Nothing to detract from enjoyment of weekend. A real sense of privilege felt by all in the party at being in Sissinghurst, particularly being able to enjoy the garden out of hours open to the public.

  • Judith Hall
    • March 2015
    • USA
    Made special:

    Perfect for entertaining friends. We had 14 friends in and never felt crowded. All staff were pleasant and tried to be helpful. Not sure why no one knew the gate code. Very helpful when we locked ourselves out. Also helped immediately when wardrobe locked unexpectedly with no key!

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.
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