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Priest's House

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 its own private enclosed garden which has an open archway giving guests a view 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 for two cars to the rear of the cottage

The Priest's House has a private enclosed garden which has an open archway giving guests a view of the famous Sissinghurst White Garden.

Guests are free to walk through the gardens after opening hours.

The cot in this cottage is a travel cot.

Please bring a torch with you if arriving after dark.

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  • Open fire / stove
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed


Things to see and do nearby

South East England
Looking towards the house at Nymans, West Sussex, across the garden with the Dovecote visible at the edge of the Forecourt. Although the house looks ancient it was designed and built in 1923-5. © John Miller

The dense population of the south-east of England may not make it the obvious choice for a holiday destination, but that's to under-estimate or overlook many of its hidden charms. The Isle of Wight may well be the most obvious holiday destination in the area and the short ferry crossing really does take you to a unique holiday destination. Further east, the scenery is varied yet distinctive with the South Downs rolling down to the cliffs at Beachy Head, the sparsely wooded heathland of the Ashdown Forest and the intricate landscapes of the Weald. Closer to London are some gems which equally deserve a weekend away or longer holiday, including the majestic Thames Valley with its magnificent historic houses and beautiful varied countryside, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern England. Kent, meanwhile, deserves its title of the Garden of England and the National Trust protects some of the best stretches of countryside and many fine houses and outstanding gardens. Apart from houses such as Bateman's, much-loved family home of Rudyard Kipling, the enchanting Bodiam Castle, Petworth House and Park with its sumptuous interiors and rolling parkland, Polesden Lacey on the North Downs and Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill, the Trust also owns several glorious gardens including Nymans Garden, Sheffield Park Garden and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

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  • Holiday cottage guests have free access to Sissinghurst Castle gardens during and out of opening hours.
  • 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 15th-century half-timbered yeoman's house and harmonious garden

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Prices include:

  • VAT at the current rate
  • Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

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  • A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0844 335 1287 or email to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
  • As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain 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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