Hever Castle - Kent July 28 2015
Hever Castle in Kent is everything you’d expect a castle to be: crenellated, ivy clad, moated, and packed with fine furniture, armour and gruesome torture devices. The original medieval castle with its gatehouse and walled bailey was built in 1270. In the 16th century it was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, who was destined to be queen for just 1,000 days.
Much of what you see today is the result of the remarkable efforts of a wealthy American, William Waldorf Astor, who used his considerable fortune to restore and extend the castle in the early 20th century. He commissioned what is now the Astor Wing and was responsible for the formal gardens and lake. The latest custodians of this magnificent edifice are the Guthrie family through its Broadland Properties group.
There can’t be many medieval castles where you can actually spend the night, but Hever is one. 28 luxury en-suite bedrooms are spread across the Astor and Anne Boleyn wings. All bedrooms are individually styled, blending modern day comforts with antique furnishings and original features. Here, you will find an abundance of rich fabrics, crisp linens and panelled walls with, variously, four poster beds, roll top baths, a golden chaise longue and perhaps a glimpse of the Castle through leaded windows.
Rooms are equipped with Café du Monde’s unique ‘Service en Chambre’ bedroom beverage service, enabling guests to serve themselves tea and coffee. At the heart of the system is the Company’s ‘cafetière coffee in a bag’ together with a stylish stainless steel thermally insulated cafetière and personalised mugs. The coffee is Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM and coffee bags are made from biodegradable material. The elegantly designed flip-top box also holds teabags, hot chocolate and ancillaries. Complete with kettle, the system is available to rent from just £1 per room per week.
General Manager, Roland Smith, discovered Service en Chambre just recently and was impressed by the quality and effectiveness of the system: “It’s not easy to offer fresh ground coffee in bedrooms without creating a mess. Café du Monde has achieved this with their coffee bag system. We are thrilled with the outcome and they are a joy to have as trading partners.”