Leeds Castle (in Kent, not Leeds) has been on my "list" for some time. I think because of the moat! It always looks such a romantic place. So on a bit of a damp day, we trotted along for a visit.
It didn't disappoint. It stands in a very lovely setting and is very well maintained.
The castle is very old and parts of it show how it would have been lived in when Henry VIII would have stayed here - which he frequently did en route to France.
He didn't travel light, and obviously was not fond of foreign food as he took his own! I wonder if the dolphin was tinned? Love the amount of Eels - Owd 'Enery must have been from the East End!
What surprised me though was the part of the castle that had been lived in up until recent times - by Lady Baillie (in the white dress). She was something of a socialite and film stars of the day (David Niven, Errol Flynn etc) would frequently stay.
The rooms that she occupied were very glamorous.
I bet she felt like a princess living here.
The history of the castle was very interesting as it was often passed down to the wife. It was often just given away too as owners were often given better offers - ie jobs as governors of American states! They just upped and left!
It was lovely to wander around the grounds when the drizzle stopped.
I loved the rare black swans - so dramatic.
And the strutting peacock.
We also enjoyed a display by the Falconer - always so amazing to watch.
I'll take you on a stroll around the gardens tomorrow.