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Hever Castle is located in Edenbridge Kent, west of Tonbridge. Hever owes much of its current splendor to Lord Astor, who spent large sums from his personal fortune restoring it in the early part of the 20th century and filling it with treasures. The immaculate castle which dates back to the 13th century, is more like a large manor house and in Tudor times was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and her family.
The gardens at Hever Castle were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal and Son.
The magnificent Italian Garden was designed to display William Astors collection of Italian sculpture and the 35 acre lake at the far end of the garden took 800 men two years to create.
The gardens are being continually improved, including the additions of a 110 metre herbaceous border, a period herb garden, yew hedge maze and a water maze. The gardens are planned to provide a display at any season of the year.
I find it an ideal location for a picnic, although car parking is no longer permitted inside the grounds and is now positioned opposite the estate main entrance. A selection of views from repeated visits to Hever Castle are included below and continued on Page Two.