What kid (or adult) hasn’t dreamt of sleeping in a real life castle?! We ticked that off the bucket list by staying over at Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. I can remember visiting Hever Castle as a kid and it has been on my list to take the kids to since we started our ‘Family Days Out’ series last year. We were very lucky to not only have been invited to visit Hever Castle, but to also stay overnight in their luxury 5 star B&B. The stay couldn’t have come at a better time to be honest as I had been feeling really down the week leading up to our stay. A night away with my babies was just what was needed.
Disclaimer: We were gifted our stay at Hever Castle along with 2 days entry in exchange for a review. All views are my own.
We arrived slightly earlier than the 3pm check-in time but were given our entry tickets for the Castle grounds so that we could head off and explore. The Castle grounds are huge, and there’s so much more to discover than just the Castle (full list can be found further down the page).
The Castle tour now includes an interactive audio guide which I thought was absolutely fantastic! You’re each given a device with headphones and can choose between the ‘Adult Tour’ or ‘Family Tour’. As well as an audio guide through each room, the Family Tour also includes some interactive activities relating to whichever room you’re in.
I really enjoyed the audio tour as did the kids. Harvey and Lola were really interested in everything that was being relayed and the way the Family Tour was done was fun and kept them intrigued.
They enjoyed the tour so much. that we went back the next day and did the Adult Tour as they both wanted to find out more about the Castle. I was surprised at how much Mila had taken in as well! Not only did she spot the King Henry VIII portrait that was being talked about on the device but also spotted a real life Anne Boleyn.
The second time we did the tour Mila was quite restless but there was a member of staff who could see she was and so started talking to her about why the beds were made like they were. I wish I had got her name because she was brilliant with Mila and really went out of her way to keep Mila amused.
As well as the Castle tour, there are a number other attractions;
- Play area (Playground for under 5s, Acorn Dell for under 7s and Tudor Towers aimed at kids aged 7-14 years)
- Yew Maze
- Lake Walk
- Garden Exhibition
- Minature Model Houses
- KSY Military Museum
There was also a Falcon display, Bug Hunt, Arts & Craft tent and Face Painting when we were there too. Unfortunately we didn’t get to do the maze as the weather had made it super muddy and we had no wellies with us, the same with the play area, hence why there are no photos 🙁
Bed & Breakfast
The B&B is located in the Astor Wing, the Edwardian extension to the Castle created by Lord Astor. It was designed to look like a Tudor village and it makes for a perfect backdrop for an insta-worthy pic too. There are 28 rooms, we were given the ‘Tydemans’ room which was stunning. I don’t think any of us quite expected how beautiful it was. The kids were so excited and the first thing they said was, ‘oh I can’t believe we only get one night here’. Mila wanted to live there forever (her words).
There were two rooms plus a bathroom. A separate bed had been set up in the main room for Mila, and the second room contained a sofa bed for Harvey and Lola to share. I couldn’t believe how big it was and the attention to detail in all the rooms was amazing.
The children all had a towel, shower gel, water and cookies left on their beds which I thought was a lovely touch. My bed was ginormous and one of the most comfiest beds I have ever laid on.
Actual bathroom goals! I have decided I now want a bathroom exactly the same as this one. We all took full advantage and had either a bath or shower. I had a bath once the kids were in bed and it was such a relaxing finish to our day. The bathroom floor is heated as well!
There aren’t any evening dining facilities on site, however there is a pub on the corner just at the entrance, called The King Henry VIII which serves food. You need to book a table because it gets really busy, especially when the B&B is fully booked as it’s the only place to eat nearby within walking distance. Luckily we arrived early afternoon so we walked up after checking in and reserved a table. If you are thinking of staying at Hever Castle then I would advise planning ahead and booking before your stay.
All three kids had burgers for mains (yes, that is a kids portion Mila has!) and waffles and ice cream for dessert. I had a creamy chicken main with chips and salad and it was so good. It was such a chill atmosphere as well and there was also a heated outdoor area too. Our table was booked for half 5 so it was pretty quiet when we were there but was a lot busier when we left just before 7.
All three slept in until about 8am (which is late for them) and I honestly had one of the best nights sleep, even if Mila did end up in my bed with me as usual. Breakfast is included in your stay and is served between 8am-9.30am.
As well as a continental buffet you can also choose from a cooked breakfast which is made fresh and served to the table. We all had a full Hever breakfast which was delicious and filled up on some fresh pastries too.
We all had the best night away and there was a lot more for kids to do than I had thought. Hever Castle run lots of events throughout the year including an Easter Trail during the Easter holidays and Jousting events during the Summer (to name a few). I have to say that this was one of our best days out and can’t recommend visiting here enough. I definitely want to go back in the summer when the weather warms up.