Sudeley Castle, in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, is the private home of Lord and Lady Ashcombe, Henry and Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, and their respective families. (Some people in England really do still live in castles!). Sudeley Castle is also the home of Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Queen Katherine Parr, who lived in the Castle and is now buried on-site in the chapel of St. Mary’s Church. Notable visitors to the Castle include Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, and Anne Boleyn.
Although tours are available to view the Castle’s private apartments, none are available on the weekend, which is when we visited. However, Sudeley Castle is actually well-known for its gardens, which are said to be among the very best in England. October is not necessarily the best time to view a garden, because much is not in bloom, but we thought the grounds were lovely, nonetheless.
At the Castle, we did as might be expected; we walked the loop through the Castle’s grounds in the reverse direction. After all, wouldn’t it be better to end the day with the pièce de résistance, a view of the Castle itself? Maybe not for everyone, but I guess that’s just how we roll.
Our first stop was the Pheasantry, which contained far more pheasants in kind and number than we’d ever expected. These birds were all in large enclosures, but peacocks roamed freely.
where we met this little guy. I wonder what he’s thinking (if a statue could think, of course).
Can you imagine that real queens actually strolled and rested within this, the Queens Garden? In season, this garden boasts blooms from hundreds of varieties of old-fashioned roses. Even without all of its rose blossoms, the garden with its tinkling fountain was stroll- and rest-worthy (at least for us among the unwashed masses).