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In the west of England there is a place like that which cannot be found all over the world: an ancient castle, not just open to the public, but turned into a luxury hotel. For a few tens of pounds in the building, through the corridors of which the loving monarch Henry VIII and his wife Anna Bolein roamed, you can spend the night, dine and even play the mysterious English game croquet. The whole atmosphere of the royal summer house - in the continuation of the article.
Thornbury Castle is one of the most beautiful buildings in England and the only Tudor castle turned into a complete hotel. On the portal Booking.com, which recently was threatened with blocking in Russia, it is modestly called a “country house”.
The building does not look like a dacha at all, and the most elaborate mansions of the notorious Rublevka do not reach it. Chic interiors literally breathe history. The castle was built in the first half of the XVI century. "King" bed, as in this photo, there is almost every room.
The castle was originally intended for Edward Stafford, whose father rebelled against King Richard III in 1483, was defeated and executed, his titles and property confiscated.But in 1485, the new king Henry VII returned everything to Edward. Decades later, he would suffer the fate of his father: in 1521, the lord was accused of treason and sentenced to death.
The castle became the property of King Henry VIII. In August of 1535, he and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, spent about 10 days here. On the hotel’s website, the room where the spouses were supposedly spending the night is advertised under the motto “Sleep like Royalty”.
Despite the prestigious past, Thornbury declined after the English Revolution. It was put in order only in 1824, when the castle became the property of a noble family of Howards - to it belonged, ironically, the mother of Anna Bolein and the fifth wife of Henry VIII Catherine.
In the 1960s, one of the best UK restaurants worked in the building. Local drinks were served to the guests: on the territory of home ownership, their own vineyards have been growing for 500 years. And not for beauty, but for business: the famous Thornbury castle wine is produced from the crop.
The cost of accommodation at the hotel starts from £ 95 per night, which is about eight thousand rubles. “At the castle, you will find atmospheric bedrooms, delicious Sunday lunches, free broadband internet access, droning fire and many historical details, including armor,” reads the description on Booking.com.
At the hotel you can play croquet. Henry VIII, however, did not play in it - croquet appeared in the 1830s in Ireland and only in the 1850s migrated to England. From other entertainment - archery and falconry (for an additional fee).
In the castle you can stay with children, but only at the age of eight years. Tripadvisor users rated their stay at Thornbury at 4.5 out of 5 points, Booking.com at 8.9 out of 10, Google experts gave it 4.4 out of 5.
Nobody seems to be embarrassed that the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, whose images are actively used to attract tourists to the castle, did not end well. Thornbury regularly celebrates weddings - after all, what's the difference who quarreled there five hundred years ago.