in The area

Period Living - - Gardens -

Siss­inghurst Cas­tle Gar­den, Siss­inghurst, Kent

TN17 2AB. Fa­mous gar­den of rooms and a mecca for all gar­den lovers. Open through the year, see web­site for times. Tel: 01580 710700; na­tion­al­trust. org.uk/siss­inghurst-cas­tle-gar­den

Hole Park, Rol­ven­den, Kent TN17 4JA. Pri­vate home, park­land gar­den with blue­bell wood in spring.

Open 1 April to 9 June, daily; 13 June – 31 Oc­to­ber, Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days; Sun­days in Oc­to­ber. 11am-6pm. Tel: 01580 241344; holepark.com

The Sa­lu­ta­tion Ho­tel and Gar­dens, Sand­wich, Kent CT13 9EW. Gar­dens of rooms de­signed by Sir Ed­win Lu­tyens. Open year round. the-sa­lu­ta­tion.com

Dod­ding­ton Place Gar­dens, Dod­ding­ton, nr Sit­ting­bourne, Kent ME9 0BB. Pri­vate home with Ed­war­dian gar­dens and park­land. Open 16 April – 30 Septem­ber, Wed­nes­days and Sun­days. 11am-5pm. Tel: 01795 886101; dod­ding­ton­place­gar­dens.co.uk

Above: The edges of the an­cient blue­bell wood give way to views across the Wealden land­scape and green fields of graz­ing sheep

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