History

The gardens at Long Barn were created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson

between 1915 and 1932

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 it 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. 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!