16 November 2011

Hever Castle

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn,
{ Henry VIII's second wife and mother to Elizabeth I }
Hever Castle makes for the perfect date with a camera

This moated thirteenth century castle in Kent is complete with drawbridge and swans

What would a castle be without a yew maze?
{ Planted in 1906 }

A variety of programs are offered on weekends
The Falconry Demonstration was our favorite

I hadn't realized birds of prey were relied upon
to capture dinner for its owner during the Middle Ages

It was impressive to watch them fly beyond our vision
and dutifully return

Other activities included long-bow archery for the willing in a picturesque setting

Over a two year span, a thousand men dug out this 38 acre lake
The result is picture-perfect

{ Excuse the romantic wash on the photo - I couldn't help myself }

Boats for hire


128 acres of award-winning gardens wind throughout the grounds,
including Rose and Italian gardens, nature walks, grottoes, fountains, and water maze for kids

Just over 100 years old, the spectacular gardens were planted on marshland 

We took the self-guided tour inside the castle
filled with beautiful artwork and furniture and interesting placards to read along the way

{ my quest for hidden panels and trap doors continues }

Entertaining, beautiful, and educational, 
Hever Castle has the recipe for a favorite day trip for all ages

- all photos taken by me in August -

Source & Calendar: Hever Castle



Ola said...

the photo with the boat is so pretty!

Letticeleaf said...

Just one word made me chuckle - "Yikes" You and me kid. LLX

Sunray Gardens said...

Wonderful photos and the gardens are lovely.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Daydream Living said...

Hi Laura!
You know, the UK is on my travel list for next, will take your tips and trips in my notebook, thanks! Friday I'm off to Manchester, shopping with other mums, there is a big shopping center there, so I will see what it is (do you know it?).
have a good Wednesday! Maureen x

Daydream Living said...

(oh... I mean next year....sorry!) Mx

~♥~ Sara @ Doodle Dandy ~♥~ said...

I adore Hever Castle and it's not too far from where I live!! Last year we took my children to the Santa's Grotto they hold there, it was exceptionally magical and the snow added to atmosphere. I understand it is haunted by Anne Boleyn...although I didn't see her when we went into her bedroom!! If you get a chance go around Christmas, its lovely. Sara ~x~

TexWisGirl said...

SO much history - even in the gardens and lake itself! amazing that it has flourished for so long!

beetree said...

What an amazing, enchanting place! Can you imagine what it must have been like to grow up there? A Christmas trip there would indeed be magical! Great photos as usual!!!

Pink Princess said...

That garden! That lake!! How gorgeous!! Something to make me dream here in gray Paris

Anonymous said...

We are Brits in South America and LOVE how you Love UK so much ! Your blog is so good that sometimes it makes us a bit homesick. !!!

Celestial Charms said...

I agree, definitely a must see on any travellers list. A perfect place to spend the entire day. I've been to dozens and dozens of castles, manor homes, estates, and the like...Hever Castle has always been my absolute favorite. One word I like to use to describe it is...tranquil!
Your photographs are so very beautiful. I wish I were there right now.

loveandlilac said...

Lovely photos. Height restrictions at theme parks, now weight restrictions on boating lakes - sign of the times!

Zosia said...

Wonderful photos.
- "I am King Arthur and these are my knights of the Round Table. We are on a quest to find the Holy Grail. Tell your Master that if he puts us up for the night, he will be able to join us on the quest for the Holy Grail"
- "No thanks. He's already got one"
Monty Python :-).

ramblinbess said...

The movies make Anne Boleyn seem like a country girl and an outsider, but her home was so beautiful. I guess it's all a matter of perspective, huh?

barefoot mama said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE~!!! and this is precisely why I listed you under "blogs I love" Because I really love your blog. You do such an amazing job showing me your world:) Barefoot Mama

Barbara said...

Such great pictures! Makes me want to go visit now and maybe see someone taking a weight test.

Privet and Holly said...

Wow, what a dreamy
place to spend time at.
I can see why Anne hated
to leave this beautiful
haven. The dahlias are
spectacular. Well, it
ALL looks spectacular!!
Thanks for letting me
come along : )

xx Suzanne

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Ah, Hever Castle, an other castle on my to-do list. I've read so many books on Anne, that I need to go there. Your pictures are absolutely lovely!

elaine said...

I couldn't believe all those dahlias still blooming - it looks a lovely place.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Wonderful tour Laura. A delightful place for return visits too. Love your photos, especially 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Pet said...

How wonderful is the English countryside! Unique in the world. I haven't been in this spot. Thanks again for the tip - I've got a long list on England now, 95% coming from your blog.
And of course, a maze there too.

lizzybradbury said...

Oh, I'm so happy you did a post on Hever Castle! I've been wanting to go there for ages, me and my friend are planning a trip for the new year which will involve scones and jam as well as history!!!

Great post and lovely pictures well done! (Especially the one with the romantic hue)

Lizzy x

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a great tour! I saw a Birds of Prey exhibit last year around this time in Louisiana. Fascinating birds. Loved photographing them.

The last photo made me gasp. Gorgeous!!

Joyce said...

I love Hever Castle, all castles really. I wrote about this one on my blog a while back-here's the link if you are so inclined : )


MrsDG@TalesFromHomemadeHouse said...

I'd recommend Phillipa Gregory's book The Other Boleyn Girl (if you havent already read it) to add to the romance and mystery of just who lived in that castle and the life that she led. The book is fiction but is heavily based on fact...and Phillipa gregory is an amazing writer of the women of history! :)

Teacher online said...

I'm astonished...your photos are great! I will come back again ...often Greetings from Apulia

My Garden Diaries said...

I soo love this post...first because it is neat to learn about the history and culture of the castle and how people lived long ago... and second because it is gorgeous! What fun!

flowers on my table said...

Hello Laura, I can really depend on you to be a great guide of wonderful places to go in the UK, with fabulous photography to boot. I enjoyed that thanks. Have a great weekend, love Linda x

ann said...

I must go there there. I have stood on the spot at the Tower of London where Anne was beheaded, and I have visited Hampton Court twice, so I guess I must return to England to complete the tour. Your photos are really wonderful.

Letticeleaf said...

It's only when I see your fabby photos, I realise just what a lovely part of the country I was born and now live in. Maid of Kent - me! LLX

Erin S. said...

I loooove Hever Castle. The history is so thick, and it is such a beautiful place. I would add Riveaux Abbey and Castle Howard to your list of places to go (up in York). They are my faves in England!

Nikki - A Mother in France said...

I love Hever Castle too and visited it many times when I was younger as we used to live not too far away. I haven't been for ages (bit far from here), so thanks for the memory jog and the beautiful photos :)

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such an awesome place! i would love to visit this place someday!<3

Hines-Sight said...

Lovely place. I've never seen a true castle with a drawbridge and moat. So interesting. I want to plan a trip to England.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It is many years since we visited Hever Castle, thankyou for yet another of your wonderful for us trips down memory lane.

Shellee said...

Makes me think maybe England would have been a good choice in where to start our adventure. :) Great pics!!

PC Repair Ipswich said...

Those are absolutely breath taking grounds. Thanks for the article. I am going to head there with the family at soe point soon. They will love it.