The original medieval defensive castle with its gatehouse and walled bailey was built in 1270. In the 15th and 16th centuries the Boleyn family added the Tudor dwelling within the walls. The Castle was then owned by a number of families before William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle, building the ’Tudor Village’ and creating the gardens, lake and golf club.
The Guthries, a Yorkshire family based in Scarborough are the current owners of the Hever Castle Estate. John Guthrie, a chartered surveyor by training, chairs the private property group Broadland Properties founded in 1950. Broadland Properties purchased Hever Castle and its collection from the Astor family in 1983.
Broadlands are committed to the future of the Castle. During their custodianship have invested greatly in the historical integrity of the estate and are helping to make Hever Castle more environmentally friendly.
Today our mission is to conserve and improve the Hever Castle Estate whilst maintaining its integrity, and making its important history available to inform and educate our visitors. We endeavour to ensure an enjoyable, engaging and memorable experience for all in a beautiful, fun and safe environment.
We are immensely proud of the team that make Hever Castle & Gardens such a success. From those you see out in the gardens and Castle, to those typing away in the offices – thank you.
Our hard work has been recognised by various organisations so we wanted to share the good news with you.
Set in the Garden of England, it is the ultimate place to visit with historical beauty, and events going on all year round. It is truly an amazing place and good value for money.
Beautiful grounds, especially the Italian garden. Lots to do for the whole family and great place for children to discover English history. Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Beautiful place! I feel privileged to say I got married here. It really was the day of my dreams! X
Good location, lovely room, excellent breakfast, helpful staff, what more could you ask of a b&b... plus the added attraction of being able to enjoy the castle grounds with nobody else around.
I will remember my trip to Hever forever.
Ewan James Armstrong
One of my most favourite places in England....Hever is just beautiful.
To say that our experience exceeded all expectations is an understatement. The high standard of facilities available in such a magnificent setting will be hard to find elsewhere.
Gemma Rankine, SAB Miller
Beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding a very cosy castle. There are many options for walks, suiting people of all ages and energy levels.
Loved that I would walk in the gardens after the tourists had gone home. Also the beds were so comfortable it was like sleeping on a soft pillow. The atmosphere was just wonderful.
The castle is very interesting, but it is the grounds that make the trip worthwhile. A rose garden, mazes, fountains, ornamental gardens. You could spend an entire day on the grounds alone. The restaurants are also fantastic and have some great vegetarian options. And the entrance fee is very reasonable for an entire day out.
Most people know the story of Ann and Henry and Hever's place in that story but it is so much more. Lovely gardens and the roses were spectacular. It was lovely to see so many families enjoying the grounds but there was plenty of space and peace and quiet for everyone. You will not regret a visit.
The service you offer is exemplary, and we can’t wait to return to your wonderful establishment. The room, grounds and staff were first class and my wife and I really enjoyed our short stay.
The surroundings, ambience, service, food and accommodation all came together beautifully to leave everyone feeling very fulfilled and appreciated. It is a very special place.
This is what I call a castle surrounded with its splendid grounds loved hiring the headphones made its magic come alive knowing all the history can’t wait to visit again
This place is too amazing to put into words and give it justice.