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An Evening at Sissinghurst with Sarah

Enjoy a glass or two of Chapel Down sparkling wine and canapes, while at the same time, hearing a talk with Juliet Nicolson (my sister-in-law who was brought up at Sissinghurst) and then me, about the garden and its family history. Then you wander on your own when the garden is closed to the public and the rose and white garden should be at their best. We'll finish the evening with a three course dinner (with wine) prepared by the Perch Hill team with recipes from one of my cookbooks. More
Tuesday 8th June 600130-08/06/2021 £150.00

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Not only is the evening light the best light in which to see a garden or any beautiful place, but the added pleasure is being somewhere that you know is often very busy when it isn't. That combination means that Sissinghurst becomes its best on these evenings.

Juliet Nicolson grew up here and remains deeply involved and attached to it and Sarah lived here for eight years raising her children. At the start of the evening they will tell you a little about Sissinghurst and its history. There will be drinks on the Tower Lawn and a three-course dinner (with wine) to end.

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This course takes place at Sissinghurst Castle, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB.

Attendees should park in the main National Trust Sissinghurst Castle and Garden Car Park, then make their way to the entrance following our signs. They will be greeted and directed from there by one of the Perch Hill team.


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An Evening at Sissinghurst with Sarah reviews

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A delight

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Reviewed 20th July 2017 by A.Fraser

This is to let you know how much I enjoyed your evening at Sissinghurst last week on 28th June.

The presentation given by yourself and Juliette was so entertaining and informative, in the most appropriate setting imaginable. Being able to enjoy a private visit to the gardens was a delight and the dinner afterwards was excellent.

It was so kind of you and Juliette to sign books for me and to answer any questions.

The evening was a success and please pass my thanks on to the team.

Magical evening

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Reviewed 27th July 2016 by Janet Thornley

I bought the tour as a Christmas gift for my mum and my friend so we have been able to look forward to the event for quite a while! We went last week and it was every bit as wonderful as I hoped it would be. I have visited Sissinghurst several times and love it. However the evening was wonderfully balmy after a very hot day. The group sat on the tower steps whilst Juliet and Adam told stories of Sissinghurst, of Vita and Harold, then Sarah joined in with a chat about the planting as Vita and Harold had jointly imagined. What a fabulous pairing they were for the garden and what vision.

Sarah, Juliet and Adam made us feel very welcome and the whole atmosphere was informal and fun and absolutely riveting. We wandered around the garden, the tower and the south cottage at our leisure and what a gift to see the garden with so few people in it. Utterly captivating.
Dinner was delicious- 3 fresh courses of wonderful food then we wandered back out into the white garden to see it in the moonlight.

I cannot ever overestimate how lovely and special this evening was and urge you to go yourself. My mum and friend were overwhelmed with the sheer loveliness of the evening and I think you will be too.
Incidentally- I bought Juliette's book ' A houseful of daughters' which I have read already since last week and can recommend it. I also bought Sarah's 'Good Good food' book and have already cooked several recipes all of which are equally delicious as our meal last week.
What can I say? I'm a fan of all things Sissinghurst - please - go and see for yourself.

Really interesting

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Reviewed 20th July 2015 by Lucinda

My mother and I came to the Sissinghurst talk on Wednesday evening. It was really interesting, very inspiring and great fun - Thank you!

Sweet dreams of white gardens

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Reviewed 20th July 2015 by Beth and Nick

We would like to thank Sarah, Juliet and the Perch Hill Team for a wonderful evening on Wednesday 1st at Sissinghurst. A dream come true and one ticked off the bucket list.

We drove back to Somerset following our delightful visit and had sweet dreams of white gardens and Elizabethan turrets! Hopefully we will visit again.

A wonderful evening!

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Reviewed 23rd June 2015 by Caroline and Linda

We had a wonderful evening at Sissinghurst with Sarah and her family. Please pass on our thanks for the talks, and anecdotes, having the beautiful garden all to ourselves and a wonderful meal.

Glorious evening - wonderful food

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Reviewed 25th July 2014 by Alan Arnett

A great evening that was worth every penny. Good to get family insight into the history of Sissinghurst, Sarah's passion for gardens, and all topped off with some of the simplest yet flavoursome food we have ever eaten.


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Reviewed 20th July 2014 by Diane Steadman

I was treated to one of these evenings on 17th July by a dear friend and it was one of the best evenings I've ever had. I loved Adam's amusing and laid back account of his family's history and Sarah's informative talk on Vita's planting and what happened after her day. It was just like a personal trip with two friends! The delicious food in the restaurant afterwards was the icing on the cake. The couple's dogs were also definitely joint stars!

A 10/10 Evening

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Lesley

We would give the evening 10/10. We loved the informality of sitting on cushions in the garden, listening to Adam and Sarah’s very interesting talks and then having the opportunity of viewing the garden with Sarah and being able to wander at will afterwards.

As always with any catering provided by Perch Hill, the food was absolutely delicious, lovely combination of flavours, beautifully seasoned, seasonal and fresh and we felt well catered for. The Prosecco and canapés on arrival were a lovely touch (we once attended a champagne lunch at Gt Dixter many years ago hosted by Gardens Illustrated which was very poor and I had to complain about it – no such worries here!).

Not only does Sarah know her stuff where gardens are concerned but she knows how to provide very good hospitality.

Very Professional and Worth the Lengthy Drive

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by John

The evening was conducted very professionally as one would expect of Sarah and her team, and Adam.

The garden looked absolutely beautiful, the talks given by Sarah and Adam gave were, as usual, very interesting. Being taken by Sarah into South Cottage was the 'icing on the cake'.

The meal we all shared in the restaurant was delicious and graciously served. A world away from National Trust meals.

Certainly worth a lengthy drive of 120 miles return for such an enjoyable evening.

I'm looking forward to seeing the Vita S-W/SR book when it is published.

Such Enjoyment

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Helen

From the moment we arrived it was perfect, everyone made us feel welcome and relaxed. Sarah's talk at the beginning was so interesting and set the scene perfectly, it made me look at the garden from a completely different view point which at times is what is needed. I really hope that the National Trust encourage the new gardener to relax and soften up the garden. Meeting and listening to Adam was very much an added bonus as he brought another dimension to the evening in letting us peep into the lives of his relations.

As for the food, well what I can say apart from it was the best meal I have had in ages! It was so fresh and wholesome and the taste was beyond superb.

Thanks again to both Sarah and Adam and everyone behind the scenes on Thursday who gave up their time to give us such a thoroughly enjoyable time.

Wonderful Evening

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Gemmagray

We went to Sissinghurst on Thursday evening. The weather was perfect. Both Sarah & Adam's talks were excellent - informative, interesting and amusing. We soaked up the atmosphere as we wandered through the gardens, and came home with lots of photos and lots of ideas.....Dinner was absolutely delicious. We highly recommend it...