Sarah runs a garden and cookery school at her home Perch Hill Farm, Brightling in East Sussex. Visitors are welcome on Garden Open Days or can book in to courses on floristry, growing cut flowers and cooking seasonal produce.
Birthplace, home and passion of gardening writer the late Christopher Lloyd. Great Dixter was built in 1450 and boasts one of the largest surviving timber-framed halls in the country with antique furniture and a needlework collection. Sir Edwin Lutyens was employed to restore the house and gardens in 1910. The gardens are now the hallmark of Christopher Lloyd, with a variety of clipped topiary, wild meadow flowers, mixed borders, ponds and the Exotic Garden.
A fortified 4th Century manor house and gardens with adventure playground and summer maze. Once the property of King Henry VIII, the house was left to his son King Edward VI and granted to Sir William Sidney in 1552. The Sidney family have been in continuous occupation for more than 460 years.
Described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, the 900 year old Leeds Castle surrounded by a moat and 500 acres of parkland offers year round events and attractions. It was a popular residence of Edward I and Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife lived here and in modern times has been used as a location for films including James Bond in Moonraker!
A medieval moated manor and National Trust property near Sevenoaks in Kent. Surrounded by peaceful gardens with an orchard, water features, lakes and woodland walks, this beautiful English country house, built nearly 700 years ago, was once the home of knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians.
A glimpse into the splendour of 14th Century life. Bodiam is a moated castle with magnificent ruins where once knights would have lived, loved and fought. The original wooden portcullis still survives in the impressive gatehouse. Seasonal events are staged throughout the year.
The Jacobean home of Rudyard Kipling where he wrote ‘Kim’ remains much as he and his family would have remembered it. It was love at first sight for Kipling when he saw it, with its mullioned windows and oak beams. Visitors can enjoy its delightful gardens on the River Dudwell and its working watermill.
The childhood home of Anne Boleyn second wife of Henry VIII, is a double moated castle with panelled rooms containing exquisite tapestries, furniture and one of the best collections of Tudor portraits in the country. It is surrounded by 125 acres to explore including a giant topiary chess set and magnificent lake.
Open from mid April to mid May, this local bluebell walk and farm trail was developed to support local charities. It offers eight interesting walks around three farms. With free car parking, dogs on leads welcomed, and a picnic area and refreshments provided by the duty charity, it makes a great day out for all the family.
Between the South Downs and the sea on England’s stunning south coast, Brighton offers everything from Regency heritage to beachfront chic. Offering a fantastic mix of iconic attractions, famed nightlife, award-winning restaurants, funky arts, culture, and year-round festivals and events, Brighton really does have it all.
In Georgian times, this historic spa town gained a reputation as the place to see and be seen. Today, visitors can wander through the Pantiles of that Georgian area, enjoy shopping in the High Street and Victoria Centre, and eat in one of a selection of excellent restaurants.
Wadhurst village is a short walk away with an excellent variety of shops, including banks, a post office, chemist, butcher, green grocer, mini supermarket and several hair dressers. There is also a health food shop and tea rooms with wonderful home made cakes, where you can relax after a walk round the Castle estate. There are also two local pubs in the village – the Greyhound and the White Hart – and also Indian and Pizza restaurants and is just seven miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells.