Sudeley Castle and grounds are situated one mile south of Winchcombe in the Cotswolds.
It's recent claim to fame is it is the venue where Elizabeth Hurley got married,
the ex-partner of the actor Hugh Grant
Look closer and one will see that it has been the home of Royalty and Aristocrats since
the 10th century when King Ethelred (The Unready) gave the Saxon manor house and estate of Sudeleagh and its surrounding Royal deer park to his daughter, Goda, on her marriage to
Walter de Maunt
Even earlier than this, Old Stone Age Hunters, Roman legions and Saxon tribes had taken it in turns to colonise this unspoint valley where the castle lies in a fold of the Cotswold hills.
When Henry VIII came to the throne in 1509, Sudeley was still Crown property and the King and Anne Boleyn spent a week here in 1535, the last year of their marriage.
There is so much history connected to this home that it takes up a whole book
We were fortunate in that we booked a late tour of the state and private rooms
and we were the only two on this tour so we had plenty of time to browse and ask questions
Obviously the only photos one is allowed to take are outside.
The Castle is currently the home of the Dent-Brocklehurst family
The Castle is part lived in and part ruins
The ruins have been incorporated into the gardens
The gardens incorporate The Wildflower Meadow, The Victorian Vegetable Garden,The Tithe Barn Garden, The Stone Garden, The Mulberry Garden, The Knot Garden, The Ruins Garden, The Queen's Garden, The White Garden and The Secret Garden
Here are just a few of the pictures
First from the Museum
First a life sized Henry VIII
His six wives
His six wives
More silk embroidery