Day 4 - Hever Castle

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Village guest houses behind castle. Not open to the public
    Today, we set out to see Anne Boleyn's childhood home of Hever Castle.  Firstly, the weather was spectacular!  Sunny, cloudless sky and a pleasant temperature.  Everything seems to be prettier when the weather is so nice.

Firstly, the grounds are lovely and the castle is impressive.  While the castle is small, it is certainly something to see with it's grand interiors and massive grounds.

To avoid touring the castle with a busful of teens, we opted to roam the grounds first.  There are mazes, a water maze, an Italian garden/piazza, a huge lake, waterfalls, fountains, delightful gardens, cafes, a bookstore, shop, etc.  We saw it all!  Walking around the lake took a little while, but it is best enjoyed while taking your time.
My husband, Jaap, at the entrance to Hever Castle
  It isn't a race.  The only things missing around the lake were the occassional bench to sit and trash cans. 

After walking the lake trail, we headed towards the main castle and opted to pay for the audio tour.  I would highly suggest spending the extra cash for it.  Otherwise, you miss out on so much interesting information along the way.  The audio tour is nice because you can go at your own pace through the castle.  Plus, you don't have to worry about being at the back of a mob and not being able to hear the tour guide.

We enjoyed seeing all of the inner parts of the castle and learning about the interesting history behind it.  Who needs a soap opera when you can learn about the history of such a castle.

After walking for miles and miles, I was definitely ready to head back to the cottage.  We stopped at a supermarket for something to eat and headed back.  Later, we enjoyed a relaxing evening in the cottage.  Tomorrow is another day.
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Village guest houses behind castle…
Village guest houses behind castl…
My husband, Jaap, at the entrance …
My husband, Jaap, at the entrance…
The Tudor decor of the inner sanct…
The Tudor decor of the inner sanc…
Another view of the inner walkway …
Another view of the inner walkway…
A view of the castle and the moat …
A view of the castle and the moat…
Our first view of Hever Castle.
Our first view of Hever Castle.
A shot of the grounds.
A shot of the grounds.
Jaap in the center of the water ma…
Jaap in the center of the water m…
A shot as we walked around the lak…
A shot as we walked around the la…
Another shot of the lake with the …
Another shot of the lake with the…
Another shot.
Another shot.
The small water falls around the l…
The small water falls around the …
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photo by: Vikram