The gardens at Long Barn were created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson while they lived here between 1915 and 1932. In 1932 the couple moved to Sissinghurst Castle where they created one of the most famous gardens in the world. They eventually sold Long Barn in 1945.
Long Barn is an ancient house nestled into the edge of Sevenoaks Weald Village. It is believed to date back to at least 1360. A mint condition Rose Noble coin of this date was discovered in the floor when the house was rennovated in the early 1900s. In 1915, Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson bought the house on their return from Constantinople. Almost immediately they set about attaching a 16th century barn and creating the three acre formal garden. In 1930, they bought Sissinghurst Castle and permanently moved there in 1932, eventually selling Long Barn in 1945. The history is rich and detailed, involving world famous characters and intrigues. Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh lived here from 1936 to 1938. Much of the garden remains original and today it is lovingly curated by the current owners Lars and Rebecca Lemonius. The best way to learn more, is to visit!