“My weekend getaway in Hever Kent is the essence of luxury and tranquillity with stunning Kent countryside views”.
Are you dreaming of jetting off to sunnier shores, away from the U.K gloomy and wet weather? But have no choice but to spend your weekend at home!
Why not embrace the weather and just get outside! I love Autumn, the different colours of the trees look amazing. I know the breeze is more chilly, but it’s time for woolly scarf for a chic look and don’t forget the boots!
So instead of staying home, I’m thinking about weekend break to grand country estate with spa indulgence! A road trip to Hever Kent is definitely a good choice.
After a three hour drive, I was welcomed with the short driveway of the Hever Hotel. The converted barn accommodations stunning Tudor style façade, and dormer windows for a great viewpoint, completes the charming look.
“Hever Hotel is beautifully situated in the Kent countryside, it is a 13th century converted barns in the grounds of the historic Hever Castle used to be owned by the Boleyn families”.
After check-in, I was eager to see my room. As I was looking for my room number, I was impressed it has named too! I’m staying in the Lady Louise Windsor room, what a fancy name!
As I opened the door and a usual double bed with television set. But something caught my eyes a complimentary cold bottle of Prosecco was waiting for me! Now this is a start of a great weekend,I would say!
On that evening, I planned to dine on site restaurant. The restaurant is offering locally source food produce for breakfast and dinner, they also cater for events and special occasion. I ordered chicken liver pate and for the mains I had Pork chop, washed down with rose.
After the sumptuous meal, I was ready for an early night. Needed a beauty sleep for tomorrows activities.
The following day, after my full English breakfast, I was shown around the hotel property together with other guests. The charming property has unique lounges that features an exposed rustic wooden beams, with 27 hole championship Golf Course set in the grounds of Hever Castle and an outdoor tennis court. As well as on site gym with sauna. After the tour around the hotel, I was ready to explore the nearby castle.
Let’s explore the area:
“Looking for your Knight in Shining Armour? I think Kent is the place to be. Imagine in every corner, there’s a Mansion house or even a castle! Come and join me, let’s visit some castle and hear some amazing tales behind those thick walls of the well preserved castle”.
The following day, we were hosted to visit the Chiddingstone Castle, is situated in Edinbridge. It used to be a Tudor style building, but renovated in the 19th century in an imposing medieval castle style, offers a spectacular view of 35 acre garden with woodlands and a fishing lake.
History of the Castle: High Street House or High Street Mansion Initially was a timber-framed dwelling in the early 16th century by Richard Streatfeild, a wool merchant. In 1679, Henry Streatfeild restored it in a brick building. It has been passed on from generations to generation and has gone further remodelling in the 19th century, to unfinished gothic style. In 1938 it was sold to Lord Astor and during the Second World War, the castle was used by the Canadian Forces then converted to Long Dene School. In 1955, it was purchased by Denys Eyre Bower, an antiques dealer.
Aside from the great views, let’s explore the interiors. The remarkable or shall I say quirky art and antique collections of Dery’s, on the ground floor from Japanese to Egyptian exhibit.
As well, his unconventional life story together with his brother from scrapbook of his girlfriend collection, to his scandal that led to his imprisonment.
The castle is also child friendly, by the kitchen area they provide an interactive activities for the kids. On the first floor, there’s a room called Streatfield which showcased a miniature buildings of the neighbourhood of the High street, until it was transformed to a castle.
From the castle, its only a few minutes walk, just cross the stunning bridge by the lake and you can still visit the old village with remaining buildings from church to shops and school.
Adjacent to the Hever hotel is the Hever Castle, why not visit and explore the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.
About 10 minutes drive from the hotel, you can also visit Chartwell House, the house of Winston Churchill now manage by National Trust.
I absolutely love my two night complimentary stay in Hever Hotel, a fabulous locations for an English countryside indulgence.
I enjoyed my experience as a guest at the Chiddingstone Castle with the complimentary ticket provided. As usual I retained full editorial control and all opinions are my own.
“It is definitely the perfect time to whisk away with your loved ones! With the Autumn chilly days why not turn your evenings into luxurious cosy nights”.
- Hever Hotel is an ideal weekend getaway, in the Kent countryside, a few minutes to M23 only an hour drive to London. A typical English Countryside with beautiful green field, along the way.
If you love visiting castles, there are a few options where to go. Why not visit the Chiddingstone Castle just a few minutes drive away, they also cater for special occasions for wedding receptions and private parties.
Or visit the Hever Castle adjacent to the Hever Hotel.