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September 8, 2010
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Three of my favourite places are Sudeley Castle, where Catherine Parr is buried; Leeds Castle in Kent (it's so pretty and half of it is on an island!) and Warwick Castle, one of the best medieval castles in England.

I haven't been to Hatfield and I soooo want to go!

September 9, 2010
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Bella, I haven't been to Leeds or Sudeley (but I really want to go…next England trip!) but I absolutely *love* Warwick! I've been to England twice and gone both times, and it's so great with the wax figures inside costumed like real medieval people, the beautiful courtyard, the towers you can climb up…I miss England 😀

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September 9, 2010
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The most beautiful palace would be Hampton Court. I only wish the William and Mary had not ordered renovations to the palace, and tore down the Tudor royal apartments. Although when I visited Hampton Court in 2009, a guide told me that the room where Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward still exists.

I would love to live at Hever Castle, just for the sheer beauty and tranquility of the place.

I've visited a lot of the places assiociated with the Tudors, especially close to London.

I came upon several that I would like to visit someday. Have any of you been to the following?

Bolebroke Caslte; Knole; The Vyne; Rochford Hall; Berkeley Castle; Acton Court; (to name a few)

I particularly loved Hatfield House (even though the Banqueting Hall was closed), Penshurst Place, and Warwick Castle.

Also, at Greenwich, there is One Tree Hill, where Elizabeth I apparently went to think when she needed space. In Greenwich Park there is a tree (long dead) that is associated with Henry, Anne, and Elizabeth. The plaque says Elizabeth use to play around this tree as a child, with her parents. Sounds more apocryphal to me, but who knows.

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September 9, 2010
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I agree about Hampton Court, DuchessofBrittany. Hands down the most georgeous place ever! But the funny thing is that it originated as Wolsey's, not the King's. I would love to live at Hever too. I haven't been to any of the places you mentioned, although I would love to (especially Rochford Hall because of George). I'm sure the tree is long dead but what about under the oak at Hatfield where Elizabeth found out she was Queen and she said in Latin, quoting from the Bible, “This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes!” Well I'll stop now–rambling!–but anyway I would just love to visit there. Amazing history.

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September 9, 2010
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 what about under the oak at Hatfield where Elizabeth found out she was Queen and she said in Latin, quoting from the Bible, “This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes!” Well I'll stop now–rambling!–but anyway I would just love to visit there. Amazing history.


This one is also long dead but they always re-create or name some new oak, which has to pose as the famous Elizabethan oak. In fact nobody would really know where that oak tree really stood.

September 9, 2010
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I suppose so. Still, standing under an oak tree at Hatfield…that would make me feel very happy! I could imagine myself as Elizabeth 🙂

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September 26, 2010
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Boleynfan said:

I suppose so. Still, standing under an oak tree at Hatfield…that would make me feel very happy! I could imagine myself as Elizabeth 🙂


I wonder if you would feel some sort of powerful energy standing under that tree!

September 28, 2010
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Hampton Court and the Tower of London are my favourites!

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September 29, 2010
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You were probably joking, AnneTheQueene…but actually I’m so obsessed I think that’s possible!! Standing near where we think Anne Boleyn was buried was a high point of my life 🙂 Powerful energy, definitely!

MoonAndStars: Those two are probably my favorites as well, plus Hever. Hampton is so lavish, wow, and the history at the Tower of London…and how could I ever not mention my Anne’s childhood home?

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October 6, 2010
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There are just so many castles, manors, and royal residences its hard to choose one or two, so I have decided to create a small list and this does not even cover half the places I would like to tour. There is so much history…beauty held within these walls it would take me a a year or more to truly take them all in. My list is as follows:

Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire – This estate is equisite and has been visited by the royal court when Henry was married to Anne Boleyn, as well as, Katherine Parr (The latter was later granted the estate upon Henry’s death).

Bolebroke Castle, Sussex – Absolutely gorgeous and was a place Henry frequented when he was courting Anne Boleyn (It is roughly 5miles from her family home, Hever Castle)

Hever Castle – Her home has been handled with such wonderful care…the gardens just absolutely breath-taking. To walk where she once did would leave me feeling transported back in time…The thought is just thrilling.

Leeds Castle, Kent – This massive castle is just extraordinary

Penshurst Place, Kent – Once owned by the Duke of Buckingham it is rich in history and well preserved. A must on my list.

Powderham Castle, Exeter – This Beautiful estate was owned by the Courtenay family (Henry Courtenay as you know being cousin to Bluff King Hal himself lost his head in 1538) and has loads of stories to reveal.

Hazlewood Castle, Yorkshire – I just think its beautiful and so I would like to visit

Berkeley Castle – A Favourite Palace of Edward II…It is said he was murdered there. (Pretty gruesomely some say…There have been stories of hauntings as well which is always intriquing.

Windsor Castle – Its Henry VIII’s resting place among other things so a must see.

Raby Castle – A remarkable castle owned by the Neville family and has towers and turrets dating back to the 11th century!

Arundel Castle, Sussex – It is a wonderfully romantic castle and seat of the Howard family. Loads of goodies to see.

Thornbury Castle – I believe is a hotel, but was at one time a residence where Harry and Anne stayed while on progress. It would be an experience to stay a night in the room they once occupied…during a time in their marriage when they were happy…content with one another.

Rochford Hall, Essex – This is a beautiful manor where Mary Boleyn resided with her Stafford and her children.

And finally

Hunsdon – the royal children roamed these corridors and played in these gardens how could anyone pass up the chance to visit.

As I said intially though…there are so many; more than I have mentioned and all of them are special..all have a story to tell. You just have to go, close your eyes and listen.

Sorry if I bored some of you with this long drawn out list. I get carried away when I think of these amazing placesWink

October 11, 2010
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Boleynfan said:

I suppose so. Still, standing under an oak tree at Hatfield…that would make me feel very happy! I could imagine myself as Elizabeth 🙂


I sat under the replacement tree when I was at Hatfield back in 2000…and I was perfectly happy closing my eyes and — even though I knew it was THE tree — pretending I was Elizabeth when she got the news. In fact, I was going to try to will myself back in time Wink (like Christopher Reeve does in Somewhere in Time LOL) when the Japanese tourists walked up and asked me to take their picture! Oh well…that broke the mood. Oh! It was also while I was sitting there that this lovely little bird perched on a branch just near me and didn’t move, even when I took its’ picture. It just sat there, singing the sweetest song and didn’t leave until it was done. Considering it was my last day in England, I felt like it was seranading me and letting me know I would always be welcome in the nation I think of as my second home! 

Although I knew the original Hatfield had been replaced and only the Great Hall remains from Elizabeth’s time, I could still feel the energy there as one of you said, especially since — the day before I was at Hatfield — I was at Hever Castle. It was as though I had carried her mother there with me — if that makes sense. Anyway, it just all felt right for me.

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October 11, 2010
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I just found this thread and I love it!

My favorite Tudor related castles and palaces:

— I have a soft spot for Sudeley Castle as I first read about it when I was a teenager — there was an article in our local paper about a fellow Kentuckian who had married into the family that lived there, had two sons and was at the time widowed. Then I saw that it had been the home of Katherine Parr, and that SHE was buried there so I swore that when I got to England, I’d go there. In 2000 I did — and it was everything I knew it would be.

— Hever Castle. It rained or sprinkled pretty much the entire time I was there, but I still fell in love with it. I know the gardens were designed by the Astors, but it didn’t stop me from imagining Anne growing up there; Anne visiting there as an adult; Anne walking through the gardens of the time, perhaps with one of Henry’s letters in her grasp as she read it over and over again and considered what would happen next. Oh and I love the castle too.

— Hampton Court. Just sorry there’s so little Tudor left Cry but thankful William and Mary didn’t get to raze the section we can still see. Honestly, it’s my favorite area of the entire property and I’ve always loved visiting the banqueting hall as well as seeing Anne’s clock.

— Hatfield House. Yeah, I know, it’s not THE Hatfield but I don’t care. I can still feel Elizabeth there….I think it was used for Walsingham’s bedroom in a scene from Elizabeth: The Golden Age (you can see the Rainbow Portrait in the background, although I read it wasn’t painted at that time), and it was also a stand-in for Wayne Manor in Michael Keaton’s Batman (1989).

— Thornbury Castle. Spent 2 nights there in 2000 and one of these days I’ll definitely go back. It’s a wonderful place, and I was more than happy to imagine Henry and Anne there in happier times.

Runners-Up: Windsor Castle — was last there in 2000 but I loved it. Leeds Castle — saw it last October for the first time and thought it was sweet in a way I’m not used to when you think about castles. Enjoyed seeing the Katherine of Valois chamber, but no one told me whether there was any location that was connected to Anne Boleyn or not.

Regrets: Sorry that there is no longer a Greenwich Palace, Richmond Palace and Nonsuch Palace.

I loved reading where everyone else has been or locations you would love to visit. I’ll have to start adding these to my list for next time Smile (along with any locations used for Pemberley in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice or the more recent Lost in Austen! LOL)

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October 14, 2010
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A little off topic but, Lost in Austen – I so want to see that and somehow I keep missing it when its on TV so was just wondering if its worthwhile getting on DVD?!

Another favourite place of mine would be Shakespeares birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon.  I just love seeing the interiors of buildings that more ‘common’ people lived in!

October 14, 2010
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Bella44 said:

A little off topic but, Lost in Austen – I so want to see that and somehow I keep missing it when its on TV so was just wondering if its worthwhile getting on DVD?!

Another favourite place of mine would be Shakespeares birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon.  I just love seeing the interiors of buildings that more ‘common’ people lived in!


I thought it was incredibly clever. I was afraid at first that it would end up being a total abomination, one of those productions that leaves you screaming when you’re not cringing, and instead found it funny, intelligent and well-acted. And the actor playing Darcy is a real hunk too Laugh 

Henry: Mistress Anne, will you teach the king of England how they dance in the French court?
Anne: There is nothing that France can teach England, your majesty.
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April 18, 2011
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Hever castle is my favourite, and I loved walking up the stone spiral staircase to Anne's bedroom knowing that I was possibly walking in her footsteps.

 

The Tower is also fantastic, so much history and of course where our Anne died.

 

Hampton Court was breathtaking (and also a birthday surprise visit from my husband last year), I could easily have got lost in there, and I hope that i get the chance to re-visit these lovely buildings again one day.

April 18, 2011
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My favourites are Hever Castle and Coughton Court equally, Hever because of obvious reasons but I find Coughton Court one of the prettiest places I have ever been.

Sudley Castle to is very beautiful, I would say Hever, Coughton and Sudley are my very favourites.

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April 23, 2011
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Ughh, so jealous of everyone who has been to Sudeley! 🙂 But I'm going to England this summer (yay!!) so I hope I can see it then. My two favorite are probably Hever and Hampton Court. At Hever, I have to admit I was very close to kissing the floor. I was moved nearly to tears to see Anne's bedroom, portrait, etc. Plus, it's a gorgeous manor, and the gardens are stunning. I love Stratford-upon-Avon too. I must revisit it this summer…

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April 26, 2011
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I shall be going to Penshurst Place at the weekend. I can't wait! Smile

April 26, 2011
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Wendy said:

I shall be going to Penshurst Place at the weekend. I can't wait! Smile


Oh, I love Penshurst Place. It is so beautiful, especially the gardens. I hope you enjoy it. The house is wonderful, too. I really felt like I had been transported back to the middle ages. I would love to hear your thoughts on it. I hope the weather is sunny and warm. Cheers!

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May 18, 2011
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It is my Birthday on June 1st, and my Husband has asked me what I want to do, usually he takes me to somewhere of interest, so I have been to Hever Castle, Leeds Castle, Tower of London and last year Hampton Court Palace.

 

Any idea's for this Year, as long as it is something to with Anne, or Henry, or Tudors for that matter I dont mind.

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