We are back in Kent and staying next to Anne Boleyn’s childhood home as our last hurrah. Thankfully, she wasn’t in.
Sad to say, we barely spent much time at this our last stop in the journey. We arrived much too late last night to see the interiors of Hever Castle and no time to see it open today at 11 a.m. – there was only enough for us yesterday to check-in, grab a quick dinner close by – at the ironically named King Henry VIII pub – and hoped to get enough sleep for our long trip back to Amsterdam today.
We were able, however, to take in the grounds and see the exterior of the Boleyn family castle, the smallest we’ve seen of maybe five castles/palaces on this trip. The castle is typically medieval, topiary on the grounds were elaborate, and the feeling that we had the place all to ourselves while walking the grounds, similar to our Leeds Castle B&B experience at the beginning of our trip, was refreshing and quite satisfying.
Our room was appropriately in the Tudor-style Anne Boleyn wing, comfy bed, room spacious enough for us two, quite rustic but with surprisingly modern touches like ambient lighting, Molton Brown amenities, and a push button shower that was wonderfully intuitive. There was, however, no bath for Teko, which was okay anyway given our few hours’ stay.
The walk through the grounds was pretty much all we could do but did notice that each and every one of the staff we encountered was not only friendly, they were also eager and extremely helpful. When the front desk found out we couldn’t make it for their usual breakfast, they gave us the option of a takeaway and would drop it off at our room, going the extra mile in the process. Given this kind of attention, and another chance for a better look at Anne’s former estate, it would be hard to find any other reason to make a return trip next time we’re in Kent. Whether she’s there or not.