As one of the most picturesque castles in England, Hever Castle is the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII. He then gave it to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. The castle had been lovingly restored by William Waldorf Astor, and thanks to his efforts the castle has been restored to its original glory.
The castle stretches over three floors which are filled with antiques, books of prayers which belonged to Anne Boleyn and also one of the best collections of Tudor portraits in England. In the Book of Hours Room, guests will find two prayer books which were owned by Anne Boleyn which bear her inscriptions and signature. It is said that the castle and moat are haunted by the many people who were tortured there, but don’t let that put you off!
One of the castles main attractions is its beautiful gardens. The castle is spread across an area of 125 acres with a total of three mazes to get lost in. A tower maze which replicates a children’s adventure playground, a yew tree maze which has been planted in 1904 and a water maze in which the idea is to get to the middle without getting wet. There’s plenty more to do around the award-winning gardens including admire the giant topiary chess set, relax in the Loggia or walk through and smell the quintessential English Rose Garden which is filled with over 4,000 rose bushes.