Hever castle

Hever castle & Chartwell House 28th March 2015

A great weekend trip taking in the counties of Surrey & Kent and visiting to old family homes steeped in history, and even the weather went well the whole trip.

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Hever Castle is located in the village of Hever, Kent, near Edenbridge, 30 miles (48 km) south-east of London, England. It began as a country house, built in the 13th century. From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the Boleyn, originally 'Bullen', family.[1]
Anne Boleyn, the second queen consort of King Henry VIII of England, spent her early youth there, after her father, Thomas Boleyn had inherited it in 1505. He had been born there in 1477, and the castle passed to him upon the death of his father, Sir William Boleyn. It later came into the possession of King Henry's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. In the 21st century the castle is a tourist attraction.

Entry to the castle and grounds is £30, you can book online and save a couple of pound if you so wish. The gardens even looked good in march so I think in June they will look stunning and we shall visit again in the summer if time allows. There is a tea shop and restaurant so don’t forget to take out a small bank loan to pay for the goods.

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Chartwell house

Chartwell House former home of Winston Churchill

This House is only a few miles from Hever castle and is now owed and run by the National Trust, it is most famous for being the home of Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Chartwell was the principal adult home of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill and his wife Clementine bought the property, located two miles south of Westerham, Kent, England, in 1922. Extensive renovations simplifying and modernising the home were undertaken directly, completely transforming it when complete.
When it became clear to the Churchills in 1946 that they could not afford to run the property, a consortium of wealthy businessmen organised by Lord Camrose purchased the estate. The arrangement was that for payment of nominal rent both Sir Winston and Lady Churchill would have the right to live there until they both died, at which point the property would be presented to the National Trust.[1] When Sir Winston died in 1965, Clementine decided to present Chartwell to the National Trust immediately.[2]