Holiday in Cowden, Kent - Friday 8th May to Friday 15th May 2015

Self Catering Holiday Cottage.

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Day 3 - Sunday 10th May

Today we visited more National Trust properties in the area.

Scotney Castle was bought by Edward Hussey in 1778 and his grandson, also Edward Hussey, transformed the estate. The original moated castle in the valley was replaced in the 1830s by a new house above the valley. The original castle was deliberately ruined to produce a romantic folly.

Scotney Castle             Scotney Castle             Scotney Castle                         Scotney Castle          Scotney Castle            Scotney Castle   

House Entrance    House from garden    Fountain - note pussy cat          Study                      Library       Fire surround in library    

 Scotney Castle         Scotney Castle      Scotney Castle                        Scotney Castle                    Scotney Castle                

Library Table        Dining Room       Dresser in Dining Room    1st Floor Drawing Room    Bedroom cabinet

  Scotney Castle          Scotney Castle          Scotney Castle            Scotney Castle                  Scotney Castle                     Scotney Castle             

Bamboo Bedroom                                   Guest Bedroom      Azaleas in garden    Ruined Castle as folly    New house from ruined castle

    Scotney Castle                                       Scotney Castle         Scotney Castle                      Scotney Castle

Ruined castle from upper garden    Quarry Garden        Ice House            Upper terrace - note steps for cat to enter via a window.

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens was the home of Lady Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson. They bought the estate in 1932 after they had been married some years and set about creating a garden to suit their taste. Harold was a member of the Diplomatic Corps and was frequently away during the years before WW2.  Vita was a daughter of the 3rd Lord Sackville of Knole House and was a noted writer.

Sissinghurst Castle                                                Sissinghurst Castle                    Sissinghurst Castle        Sissinghurst Castle           Sissinghurst Castle

Visitor entrance & exhibition buildings    Main range of buildings    Path & borders       Larch Walk          Lawn and borders

Sissinghurst Castle                Sissinghurst Castle               Sissinghurst Castle                 Sissinghurst Castle

Tudor Gatehouse    Elaine on top of Gatehouse    Splash of colour    Oast buildings (Exhibition buildings)