The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Whilst not strictly set at Sissinghurst, Kate Morton’s book was heavily inspired by this castle and gardens. Milderhurst Castle as it appears in the book ‘The Distant Hours’, has a majestic tower where a writer lives with his three daughters.

He writes in his tower (exactly where real life inhabitants Rita Sackville West and her husband wrote) The tower becomes an integral part of the plot and the Kent countryside comes to live through Morton’s evocative writing. It’s an homage to this wondrous literary linked home.


Sissinghurst is a beautiful place to come no matter what time of year, but the daffodils are stunning in Spring. After your walk you can also get a ticket to explore the gardens …