Guthrie – 20th and 21st centuries

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The Guthries are a Yorkshire family based in Scarborough. John Guthrie, a chartered surveyor by training, chairs the private property group Broadland Properties founded in 1950. Broadlands have interests throughout Britain and Poland ranging from agricultural and sporting estates to commercial premises and developments. Broadland Properties purchased Hever Castle and its collection from the Astor family in 1983. 

Broadlands are committed to the future of the Castle and during their custodianship have invested greatly in the historical integrity of the estate. They have added to the existing art collection prompting Dr. David Starkey to state that Hever Castle ‘now has one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery’. In addition, Broadlands are dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience by carrying out improvements to the site. The newly renovated Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant saw the old 1970s building transformed into a modern venue in the classical style to complement the nearby Italian Gardens.

Broadlands are interested in making Hever Castle more environmentally friendly and have installed a biomass woodchip boiler which provides the estate with over 90% of its hot water and heating requirements. The 100 year old sewage system has been replaced by an ecologically sound solution. The old settling ponds have been transformed into a series of wetland habitats and lagoons that not only purify the sewage converting it to water, but also support a healthy and diverse range of wildlife.

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The Castle


The original medieval defensive castle with its gatehouse and walled bailey was built in 1270. In the 15th and 16th centuries the Bolyens 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 and lake.


The coats of arms in the stained glass in the Long Gallery of the Castle commemorate the different residents of Hever Castle since it was built including: Anne of Cleves, William de Hever, Anne Boleyn and Sir John Fastolf. Learn more about the symbolism behind these designs.


Discover the history of Hever Castle, its owners and inhabitants as you travel through time from its construction in 1270 to the present day. These easy-to-use timelines enable you to learn more about key events and how the past owners have shaped the estate we see today.

Tours & Trails

Bring 700 years of Hever Castle history to life with one of the following: an audio guide, a private guided tour or purchase a guide book from the Hever Shop when you visit. Enjoyable trails to follow with young visitors to the castle can also be downloaded.