Review: Sissinghurst Castle Famhouse B & B

ImageOn A Good Night’s Sleep we’re not only concerning ourselves with how well you sleep at home but what happens when you have to spend a night away. So we’ll be posting short reviews on hotels we stay in with an emphasis on what the experience would be like for a light sleeper.

I stress ‘short’ because I think most hotel reviews, especially those on Tripadvisor, are far long and rambly full of rants about hostile hosts, ungenerous breakfasts and noisy plumbing. So here goes with a B & B I stayed in in Kent this week with my daughter on the Sissinghurst estate:

The house:  A fine old Victorian farmhouse
The room we stayed in: Buckhurst; Medium-sized, in front of the house facing the driveway
Beds: standard twin, perfectly comfortable
Bed linen: Good. Puffy quilts. Smooth cotton quilt cover and sheets. 2 pillows, slightly on the firm side for me. Brownie points for full-size fluffy bath towels though
Noise: In the middle of the country so low. Slight hum from bathroom fan which can apparently be disconnected
Light: Curtains didn’t totally block the early morning light. Electric radio/alarm emitted light and would need to be switched off for those who are easily disturbed
Cleanliness: No complaints.
Bathroom: En-suite. Because the room is adapted for disabled guests (full marks to them) the bathroom is slightly spartan

sitting roomOther reasons to stay
* The location which is unique, 2 minutes from the fabulous Sissinghurst gardens
* Attractively homely and luxurious living room with plenty of books and magazines
* Large garden with outdoor seating
* A good breakfast in a lovely breakfast room including, on the night we stayed, fresh berries and the option of local asparagus
* Tea and freshly-baked cake (lemon drizzle) on arrival
* Free wifi – although painfully slow in the bedroom. Still, you’re there to relax not check your email.

Downsides?
* You really need a car to visit as the nearest pub is a good 25 minutes walk away down a narrow country lane and then a busy road without a proper pavement. (There is a more direct route across the estate but it was apparently waterlogged after recent rains.) Shame they don’t do simple suppers but as the owners also live there I can see why.
* a £50 deposit taken on booking which is non-refundable if you cancel within 21 days of your stay

Cost: At £150 a night (some bedrooms are more expensive) it’s not cheap for a B & B but it’s a unique building and location.

Would I go again?: Yes, definitely to visit Sissinghurst  though if I were going with a partner, or on my own I’d go one of the doubles which look rather more luxurious.

Sissinghurst Castle Farmhouse is at Sissinghurst in Kent. Tel: +44 (0)1580 720992

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