Sissinghurst Gardens in Kent is famous as the former home (and garden) of the poet Vita Sackville-West. It was beautifully sunny there on Saturday, perfect bench sitting weather. Here are some, more to follow..
This bench was made to the design of Edward Lutyens - I believe this one is original:
Although there are new copies being made currently. I found it fascinating how more attractive the benches get when they are allowed to weather:
This bench got me all excited. The seat is being grown from chamomile, and though it wasn't ready to sit on just yet, I imagine when you do, the scent will be quite beautiful:
And here's a beautiful stone bench, proving that simple can work well too:
and indeed you don't get much more simple (or welcoming) than this: