Bed and breakfast within 13th-century castle grounds? Don’t mind if I do!
Located in Kent, Hever Castle was once the seat of the Boleyn family and today is a beautifully preserved museum. King Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, spent her early youth here, and the castle was later given to the kings’ fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, as a part of the divorce settlement. Today, it has all the ingredients of a fairy-tale get-away: beautifully preserved interiors, a moat, and stunning grounds with a hedge maze.
The B&B rooms are located in Astor and Ann Boleyn Wings, both added to the castle over a hundred years ago. All rooms have been individually styled, setting you up for a pleasant surprise. Will yours have a four-poster bed, an ornate fireplace, a roll-top bath… or all? You can certainly expect Tudor-style antique furniture, rich fabrics, and modern comforts. The Edward VII suite is the most luxurious one on offer, with a large living area overlooking the cherry orchard, but each and every room has its own charm.
It is only fitting that a bed and breakfast in such a noble setting provides you with a true king’s worthy breakfast experience. The wood-paneled breakfast room is adorned with 16th-century portraits and a large stone fireplace making it one of the most beautiful interiors in the castle. You will have a choice between a hearty full English or a continental-style breakfast buffet to start your day off right.
Included in the room rate is a ticket to the castle and round-the-clock access to the gardens. There is also a golf course and a tennis court on the grounds, and if you’re still looking for more activities, you can take a wooden rowing boat out on Hever lake.