The original medieval defensive castle, with its gatehouse and walled bailey, was built in 1383. In the 15th and 16th centuries it was the home of one of the most powerful families in the country, the Boleyns, who modernised the existing 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.
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.