The wild garden is the focus of autumn colour with a range of ornamental trees and shrubs. Further afield, the amelanchiers and azaleas are particularly spectacular, and for those with a sweet tooth the bumper crops of blackberries on the estate walks are a juicy treat.
Admire autumn borders featuring a variety of seasonal species such as Yellow Wax Bells, Cyclamen, Brunnera and heathers. In particular, make sure not to miss the mahonia x media ‘charity’ border in the shade of the walnut tree.
The jubilant colours framing the medieval ruin take on new tones over the fall. Don't miss the American sweetgum, down by the boathouse in the garden, or the yellow spindle-fruited oriental bittersweet vines over the doorway onto the bowling green lawn.
As the sunshine starts to fade and the shorter nights draw in it may feel like a time for resting up and staying in. But for those willing to brave the elements autumn is a great time to visit. Discover fiery colour in the garden and a wealth of wildlife out on the estate.
Enjoying some autumn colour. Walking the dog. Walking off lunch. Walking the 100 miles of the South Downs Way. Whatever your reasons for stepping out on the South Downs, there’s a route that’s right for you.
East Sussex offers a rich variety of autumnal walks to delight the senses and clear the mind. Walk in the shoes of Rudyard Kipling around the 300 acres of countryside at Bateman's or explore the 450-acre wider estate at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, nestled in the heart of the Weald.