June 14, 2007

KCWC Squerryes Court, Hever Castle, and How Green House

This was a very full (and enjoyable) day. We started with a private guided tour of Squerryes Court in Westerham. This home has been "in the family" for a long, long time which gives it a special character. The home interior was beautiful but no interior photos were allowed (for security reasons). We were told to pay special attention to the exterior brickwork. After lunch we proceeded to Hever Castle.

Hever Castle was the childhood home of Mary and Anne Boleyn but restored by William Waldorf Astor. The Head Gardener guided us through the spectacular gardens, and by a man-made lake, a copy of the Trevi fountain, numerous statues, and many other sights.

The highlight for me was tea at How Green House, the home of Maria (KCWC member). How Green House was featured in Country Life magazine in 1910. Her home and garden are beautiful today, although Maria has serious restoration plans in progress.

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