Calling all garden-lovers - are you visiting Sussex for the Pashley Manor Dahlia Debut? This brand new event, from 6-11 September, celebrates dahlias in all their glory with more than 40 varieties on show. I had no idea there were so many. Dahlias were something my grandfather always grew and they looked wonderful, but when I tried they sank into the Horsham clay soil and provided a feast for slugs, snails and, when I tried to dry the tubers, mice. So these days I'm happy just to admire other people's!
At Pashley Manor you can see dahlias of all colours: pinks in the Rose Garden, whites in the Elizabethan Garden, purples in the Pool Garden, yellows in the Golden Beds, hot reds and oranges in the herbaceous borders... and so much more, all at their best in September.
The gardens are beautiful at any time and they're still open this month and in October, though in October the gift shop and cafe have limited opening - but it should still be picnic weather, so that's not a problem, is it?! And if you can't make it this month, they also host a sculpture spectacular and a dedicated Rose Week in the early summer, so why not book your holiday cottage for next year? It's near Ticehurst in East Sussex, surrounded by beautiful scenery and quite close to Great Dixter, Batemans and many other local attractions. With a car you can easily access the Sussex coast, the Ashdown Forest and much more; there's good access by train, bus, foot and bicycle too. Click here to see our East Sussex accommodation.
This month I'll be taking a long-haul holiday... to a cottage near Ticehurst! Some might say it's rather near home, but it's a perfect base to explore so many places just a bit further from my West Sussex base, and it'll be easy to access. I'm looking forward to some walking in the High Weald, a day out at Dungeness and some further forays into Kent. I might even make it to some of the Root 1066 events but I'll pack earplugs in case I meet the award-winning Hastings town crier!
Do have a look at our delightful country cottages and in Ticehurst and other local holiday lets - and I wish you a happy holiday here in Sussex. Click here to view our full selection.