Escape to the Kent Countryside
Today I wanted to share with you a fabulous little gem of a place in Kent.
Perfect if you’re planning a mini-moon in the UK, or perhaps just a pre-wedding getaway (I’d highly recommend that by the way!).
We stayed three nights at The Milk House in Sissinghurst a few weeks ago, on the way back from our little mini adventure to Brighton. Essentially it’s a village pub with rooms, but it’s so much more than that: the genuinely friendly staff work hard to create a place to stay that’s warm, welcoming and luxurious, whilst remaining at the heart of the community. We arrived early on Sunday evening, just as things we’re quietening down after lunch. The bar area had a relaxed buzz, which I don’ think it lost throughout our entire stay.
The Milk House has just four guest rooms, accessed via a private entrance, so the whole place feels quite intimate and special. Our room was the Byre (chosen in no small part for it’s glorious bathroom, which didn’t disappoint!), a generous, calm space with an enormous bed draped in white Egyptian cotton and a very comfy sofa. A supply of fresh milk and ice-cold water, ready and waiting in a fridge in the corridor - none of those nasty little UHT pots spoiling your brew here!
Staying at The Milk House offers a kind of relaxed, elemental luxury that’s not flashy or trendy, and that’s it’s great joy. A rustic-elegant palette of tactile materials and a whole host of carefully considered details create a sort of wonderful cocoon in which to exhale for a moment.
What to say about the food? Apart from that it’s stunning.
In the morning’s I was served the best veggie breakfast I’ve ever eaten, with spinach and mushrooms and sauce potatoes… (If you’ve suffered anaemic, hotel scrambled eggs you know just how joyful that made me!)
The imaginative, seasonal menus are sourced, wherever possible, from within a twenty mile radius. Kent asparagus season was in full swing at the time of our visit, so clipped to the front of the menu was that week’s asparagus special - Asian style with shiitake mushrooms and sesame seeds - delicious! Service is unpretentious and everything comes carefully presented. I’m not one for taking pictures of my food (much preferring to eat it!) so I had to pinch a couple of pics from their website to share. (Warning: the menus on the website are total food porn - approach with caution if you’re hungry!)
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
This was the main draw for me to Sissinghurst in the first place. Literally a stone’s throw from The Milk House, Vita Sackville-West’s sparkling White Garden is a massive inspiration for my own little patch at home. A series of exuberant and blowsy garden rooms opens out onto a generous expanse of meadow and masses of apple blossom. Heavenly!