Bolebroke Castle, Hartfield, UK

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Bolebroke Castle, Hartfield, UK Reviews

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9 reviews
Oct 02, 2004
Being a history buff, I wanted to stay somewhere I might have read about

or close enough to drive without getting myself killed. With a deep love

for English history, particularly of the Tudor years, I began looking for something associated with the Tudors. I stumbled over an old hunting

lodge called Bolebroke Castle, while scouring the internet. It was the perfect place to stay - outside of London, yet close enough to get into the city if business screamed. Also, it was amazingly close to the home of Anne Boleyn - the second wife of Henry VIII and the first of his wives to be executed by beheading. Reservations made, off I flew to London. First of all, it south of London and easily accessible by rental

car, made all the easier by country lanes. If one isn't accustomed to driving on the right hand side of the road, this is very important. North of the small town of Hartfield and south of Edenbridge ( which is home to Winnie The Pooh ), one turns left about half a click north from

Hartfield, by the apple orchard. I do suggest you drop in and buy a few bottles of the best cider ever squeezed from apples. Bolebroke is at the end of a short road. It fronts two lakes and a substantial amount of

wooded acreage. On first glance, it looks appropriately aged and not all

glammed up. I was fortunate to stay in the Henry VIII suite in a bed high enough to cause major damage should I take a tumble. The grounds are extensive and in the Summer months, there is a miniature railway running throughout the property. One is welcome to walk about and explore the area. The exterior shows wear and tear, but it has a charm and a lovely effect on even the most jaded. Inside, the floors are stone and it is an awesomely dark ambience. Some rooms have bath en suite, while others must share. That's no big deal I should think. There

is a cold breakfast - cereal, toast, juice and tea or coffee in your room. Dinner and lunch, you are on your own. There are nights when there may be a catered banquet or private party being held and the guests are often invited to attend. If it's costume, there is medieval dress costumes available for rent. On the whole, if you are looking to experience a little history, then this is the place. There are numerous

points of interest within the castle and on the grounds. As a footnote, during WW2, the place was used by Canadian military and someone drove a tank into the lake, where it sank into the mud and supposedly rests. The

nightly tariff is not cheap, but if you've spent time in London hotels, you will know and understand. I would recommend this only for those without disabilities. This place does not meet ADA standards, but it doesn't have to - it's in the UK. If you stay here, I would suggest you bring back something for your nightly meal. Also nearby is Bolebroke Mill for more comfortable accomodations.
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