Spent a few days with my parents down in East Sussex visiting my Auntie and Uncle, where we went to the local gardens, Hever Castle, a game of golf, a meal out and plenty of card and board games.
Hever Castle is known for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, who would go on to become Queen Consort when she married King Henry VIII, who was also known to frequent Hever Castle during his reign. It is situated in Kent, near Edenbridge, and was built in the 13th century and has seen many prestigious owners during the centuries; Thomas Boleyn, Sir William Boleyn, Anne of Cleeves and William Astor.
“The castle offers three floors containing antique furniture, Anne Boleyn’s prayer books, instruments of torture, and a large collection of Tudor paintings. There is also a museum of the Kent Yeomanry. The remains of the original country house timbers can still be seen within the stone walls of the fortification, while the gatehouse is the only original part of the castle. It has the oldest working original portcullis in England.”
Things we did while we were there:
0 Yew Maze | planted in 1904, and is one of Hever Maze’s main attractions.
0 The Rose Gardens | Anne Boleyn was said to have frequented the gardens during her time there.
0 Exhibition Car Show | There were cars from every decade, and all of them were in perfect working order. There were Rolls Royces from various decades, including a 2016 Rolls Royce costing £400,000! But my favourite car from the show was the Jaguar MK2 (1963).
0 Archery | I had a go at archery, hitting a fake deer, a standard target and a person target in his …well…his you-know-whats!
0 Military Museum | There was a small military museum detailing Kent’s connection with the British Army throughout the centuries. There was a WW2 artillery gun which could hit a target 18 miles away!
0 Hever Gardens | My parents and Auntie and Uncle are very much into gardening and we spent a lot of time perusing the gardens looking at various flowers, plants and trees. Here’s a bit from the Hever Castle website:
“Discover magnificent award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds at Hever Castle. Marvel at the Pompeiian wall and classical statuary in the Italian Garden; admire the giant topiary chess set and inhale the fragrance of over 4,000 rose bushes in the quintessential English Rose Garden. The Loggia, overlooking the 38-acre lake, is the perfect spot to relax before exploring the many cascades, grottoes and fountains. A stroll through the Tudor Garden, Blue Corner or Rhododendron Walk, provide colour and interest throughout the year. Wander further afield and enjoy Sunday Walk and Church Gill Walk that follow the course of a stream through peaceful woodland or Anne Boleyn’s Walk, with its impressive collection of trees planted more than 100 years ago.”