Celebrate at Hever Castle & Gardens
Hever Castle is an unforgettable private party venue. Whether you’re planning an anniversary celebration, a notable birthday or a ‘just because’ gathering of family and friends, Hever Castle offers a selection of beautiful venues to choose from. Whether it’s a small intimate gathering or a lavish party, let us create a lasting memory that will live on for many years to come. Guaranteeing unobtrusive service combined with first class comfort and cuisine, both lunch and dinner options are available, provided by award winning caterers Restaurant Associates. Perhaps combine your visit with a private guided tour of Hever Castle and for those who like to let their hair down, dancing can be arranged as dusk falls.
Arrive in style to the castle forecourt and welcome your guests across the drawbridge to experience the splendour of the function rooms within Hever Castle. Offering panelling, carved columns and impressive fire places combined with a fine collection of paintings and antiques, Hever Castle is second to none when it comes to entertaining and provides a fantastic setting for a private party venue. Access for private events is available all year round for evening receptions and dinners from 6.30pm and for lunches on days when the castle is closed to the public. The castle is closed to the public throughout January and on Mondays and Tuesdays, November to February, excluding school holidays. The castle can accommodate up to 60 guests for a drinks reception in the Inner Hall and up to 40 guests in the Castle Dining Hall in a banqueting style table arrangement. A private guided tour can be arranged as part of your event allowing your guests to fully appreciate the history of Hever Castle and a selection of entertainment including a Tudor Minstrel in traditional costume with an array of beautiful period instruments can also be organised. A facility for dancing for up to 120 can be arranged in The Moat Restaurant, a short stroll via The Drawbridge from the castle.
Astor Wing Celebrations
The Astor Wing, created in Tudor style is a private Edwardian Wing attached to Hever Castle, taking on the appearance of a Tudor Village. Arrive to the private gated entrance and enjoy the comfort and country house charm of this historic venue. Within the Astor Wing there are three interconnecting, beautifully appointed function rooms that make up the Tudor Suite. Surrounded by the formal Tudor Suite lawns there is a picturesque outside terrace area for drinks receptions overlooking the castle. The Tudor Suite can accommodate up to 60 guests for lunch gatherings or dinners. After your event, relax in the comfy sofas of the Music Room or challenge your guests to a game of billiards in the Billiards Room. Exclusive use and upgrades to combine the Castle in conjunction with an Astor Wing event can be arranged subject to availability. A private guided tour of Hever Castle can be organised as part of your event, allowing your guests to fully appreciate the history of Hever Castle. A selection of entertainment, including a Tudor Minstrel in traditional costume with an array of beautiful period instruments, can also be arranged. A facility for dancing for up to 120 can be arranged in the Moat Restaurant a short stroll from the Astor Wing.
Italian Garden Celebrations
The Guthrie Pavilion at Hever Castle offers a stunning waterside location in the award winning Italian Gardens. Surrounded by the Rose Gardens, the Guthrie Pavilion can be hired in conjunction with the Loggia which overlooks our 38 acre lake and boasts its own Trevi inspired fountain, making it a truly unique private party venue. The Guthrie Pavilion has been extensively refurbished in Palladian style with high vaulted ceilings and columns from floor to ceiling to reflect the style of the Italian Gardens. During the spring and summer months this striking setting really comes into its own, with drinks and canapés being served on the Italian Loggia as long balmy evenings are filled with the scents of a multitude of floral blooms. Drinks receptions on the Loggia can accommodate up to 180 guests and can commence from 6.30pm. A short walk via Pergola Walk, bedecked with an array of camellia, will bring your guests to the Guthrie Pavilion where they will be seated for dinner. Seating is on round tables for between 100 and 200 guests. Alternatively, informal buffets and barbeques are available. Finish your evening with dancing and fireworks over the lake to create a lasting memory of your time at Hever.
We had the most perfect time. Everything was marvellous, with such attention to detail and exceptional service. The table looked amazing and the tea quite delicious. The staff were so kind and helpful and attentive and the venue was of course stunning, with even the weather perfect too.
Richard, May 2023
A big thank you for all your help in making the Birthday Dinner a huge success, the food was fantastic and we have had many compliments on the quality and the service and a special thank you from my brother and his wife for the vegan meal, which was imaginative and delicious. The staff on the night could not have been more helpful and made the evening go with a swing. The wonderful setting made the dinner very special and I know a number of our guests, even those from the area, are planning to come back and see the Castle and the paintings at their leisure.
Mickola, January 2023
I wanted to thank you all for the truly memorable time which you gave Pat and me and our guests at Hever Castle. Everybody there, including us, marvelled at the beautiful surroundings, the excellent service and lovely food and drink. The archery and croquet were a great ice breaker and we found our true ‘Robin Hood’. We all loved and were captivated by the private tour of the castle. Dinner on Saturday was a true delight with excellent food and the service was so good that one never wanted for anything – a truly great effort by all involved. Breakfast was also very well done. It is hard, particularly these days, to provide the “the perfect experience” but you and Luis, the tour guide, the kitchen team, the waiters, the receptionists and the cleaning staff did just that. Thank you so much.
Julian, August 2022
There are 27 stunning bedrooms at Hever Castle, fit for a King, graded five stars by Quality in Tourism. Expect period colours, panelled walls and vaulted ceilings. Several rooms boast four posted beds and roll top baths. All offer luxury, antique furnishings and rich fabrics. Some rooms have stunning views across the formal lawns of the Astor Wing, others across the apple orchard to the Castle. All are en suite with period features combined with modern day luxury.
Our stunning location is complemented by a varied menu which offers a choice of seasonal dishes, produced by our highly acclaimed team of chefs. Using only fresh, and when possible, local produce, our menu’s offer an eclectic array of dishes complementing most tastes. We believe that your guests’ enjoyment of our food is fundamental to the success of your event and should you have any specific requirements, our Chef would be happy to discuss them with you and create your perfect menu.