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Sissinghurst Castle (Sissinghurst, United Kingdom)

Sissinghurst Castle was originally a medieval moated manor house. In Tudor times it was extended into a Renaissance-style mansion with courtyards and a tower, and received Queen Elizabeth I as a guest. It was never a “castle” but acquired the name “château” when used to house French prisoners of war during the Seven Years War. Thereafter it fell into disrepair. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson took over the ruin in the 1930s, restored the tower and remaining outbuildings into living quarters and created a nationally famous garden. It was acquired by the National Trust in 1967 although members of the Nicolson family continue to live there. The garden area around the tower is divided into sections, each with its own theme and colour scheme – the White Garden is best known – while further out are the lime walk, nuttery and a meadow. There are woodland walks around the property. The tower can be climbed for a fine view and the library and Vita’s study can be visited. At busy periods timed tickets are issued to control the visitor flow. The property has a car park, shop, restaurant and picnic area. For opening hours see the website.

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