Sissinghurst is a quaint Village, offering a Village Store with a Post Office, Off Licence and Newsagents, a fine Florist, The Bull Country Inn with a separate Restaurant and En-Suite Letting Bedrooms, an excellent Indian Take-Away, the well favoured Rankins Restaurant, a Soft Furnishing Shop, weekly Mobile Library, 2 Petrol Stations both with Convenience Shopping, Motor Servicing, Cricket Ground, Football Pitch and the Trinity Anglican Church built circa 1838. The newly constructed Primary School is a centre of excellence. Sissinghurst’s beautiful location is famous for its National Trust main attraction, Sissinghurst Castle. This was the home of Vita Sackville-West, the award winning author and poet infamous for her friendship with the Bloomsbury Group’s Virgina Woolfe. Sackville-West’s love of gardening resulted in her creation of the inspired and impressive, most-visited Garden open to the public in the UK. Vita separated different horticultural themes into Rooms and her White Garden has doubtless been replicated worldwide. Just a short drive away is the delightful Village of Cranbrook.
Cranbrook, sometimes known as the Capital of the Kentish Weald, is a picturesque, peaceful Market Town with narrow medieval streets lined with pretty old houses and the famous Windmill. Cranbrook has an extensive range of Shops including: Jewellers, Clothing Shops, Electrical Suppliers, Solicitors, Newsagents, Gentleman’s Outfitters, Beauticians, Banks, Gift Shops, Indian Restaurant, Outdoor and Equine Store, Printers, Hairdressers and Barbers, Deli and Coffee Shops, Florist, Opticians, Travel Agent, Haberdashers, Picture Framers, Antique Shops, Toy Shop, an Award Winning Restaurant, Restaurant and Wine Bar, Hotel, Butchers, Chemist, Post Office, Book Shop, Fabric Shop, Carpet Shop, Kitchen Shop, Fish & Chip Shop, Chinese Takeaway, Mower Shop, Vets, Cobblers, Co-op Supermarket, Pet Shop, Nail Parlour, Dentists, Doctors, Museum, various Churches, Refurbished Library and a Sports Centre.
For commuting purposes, the Mainline Station at Staplehurst has train services to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street. The new fast link to London from Ashford International only takes 38 minutes and is persuading the smart money into this area to take advantage of the excellent house prices, educational choice and the quality of life. Ashford International also provides rail links to Europe. Junction 8 of the M20 Motorway offers road links to the South Coast and the M25 leading to London, Lakeside, Bluewater, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted Airport and Kent International Airport at Manston. From the M20 one can access the full UK Motorway Network. The Euro Tunnel, accessed via Exit 11a on the M20, provides an excellent Train service for motorists wishing to travel with their cars over to Calais.
Kent is renowned for the quality and commitment to excellence of its educational system in both the public and private sector. Noteworthy schools in the area include – Bethany, Benenden School, Dulwich Preparatory, Marlborough House, St Ronans and Angley Sports College to name but a few. Sissinghurst is within the renowned Cranbrook School Catchment Area.