26 September 2014

Castle hunting: Gloucestershire princesses for the night

Once upon a time, two Kiwi girls voyaged across the globe in search of adventure, exotic climes, unbelievable history and the occasional good quality Flat White. Years pass, each settling at opposite ends of the M25. Having grown up in the same small town they were fortuitously destined to meet over the clinking of beautiful London fine china to discuss the finer vagarities of blogging, shoes, life in England and taste-testing arrays of gluten-free dining.

Road trip: Castle hunting: Gloucestershire princesses for the night - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Thornbury Castle- Adventures of a London Kiwi

Some might say that destiny pre-ordained their mutual excitement at the thought of a weekend living like Princesses (well, that, or the eye-rolling of their respective spouses). Henceforth, many lunchtimes were spent Google researching the rolling English countryside in the hunt for the most beautiful room in all of christendom. No stone (or URL) was unturned with the ferocity of their fervour.



Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Thornbury Castle- Adventures of a London Kiwi

Their requests were simple; turrets, a four-poster bed and not driving through the twisting one-way system of Sheffield (after a hysterically funny 30min occasion of getting lost on a previous roadtrip). With the aid of a modern day grimoire (ie. Google Maps) the stunning Thornbury Castle was chosen.

Hearkening upon the chosen day, rested from recent foray into Derbyshire their bright blue smurfmobile steed gallantly explored the countryside to the hushed chanting of castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle tea castle castle amidst sultry beats of Katy Perry. Enroute, the bewitching towers of many beautiful castles tried their best to tempt the young heroines from their ultimate destination: the golden walls of Blenheim Palace...

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Blenheim Palace - Adventures of a London Kiwi

...a sidetrip to honour Winston Churchills hard-to-find final resting place...

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Winston Churchill  - Adventures of a London Kiwi

...and the gorgeous gardens of Sudeley Castle with links to Henry VIII...

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Sudeley Castle - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Sudeley Castle - Adventures of a London Kiwi

...before striking out for their final destination, peas ready.

Intended as a home for Edward Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham, the castle was almost finished by 1521, when the Duke’s distant cousin, Henry VIII, accused him of treason, then had him beheaded and confiscated his castle.  Fourteen years later, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn enjoyed a ten-day retreat at Thornbury Castle as part of a honeymoon tour”.
 Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Sudeley Castle - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Climbing the beautiful stone spiral staircase, the princesses gasped at their stunning suite, fit for royalty.

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Making themselves immediately at home, every inch of the large chamber was explored; from the gorgeous barred front door to the shining bathroom (a far more fulsome review from the other side of the duvet can be found here).

Every detail had been considered; luxurious bell pull light controls, crested tissues, rich sherry waiting to be poured, a (gas) fireplace worthy of a wintery evening and a stunning four poster bed, thick with mattresses high from the ground.

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire - Adventures of a London Kiwi Sadly, after an evening of feasting and imbibing in the local township, the next morning eventually dawned. Saddened, the princesses arose, repacked their chalises and broke fast (ate their lovely breakfasts).

Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire - Adventures of a London Kiwi

They promenaded through the gorgeous castle gardens (rumoured to be the oldest Tudor gardens in England) before once again adventuring through the countryside with their trusty steed bound for yet another castle. Life was good.
 Roadtrip: Castle hunting: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Sailing into the sunset armed with gluten free cake, they lovingly recounted their escape with the thousands of photos, and lived happily ever after. (What's more, their better halves breathed a sigh of relief at escaping a few more weeks of castle hopping.)

20 comments :

  1. You clever girl! This was a fun read! Were there any spooky castles on this hunt?

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  2. I absolutely love the photo of the ruined wall surrounded by the immaculately kept hedges! x

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  3. Loved this post! It's a beautiful castle too :)
    Lots of love,
    Angie



    SilverSpoon London

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  4. Such a storyteller you! I really want to go stay here now, four poster bed in a castle yes please!

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  5. I love this post! What girl/woman wouldn't want to stay in a castle! It would be so fun!

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  6. This has to be my favourite blog post of all time Emma! Lucky our steed stopped before mowing down those old tudor gardens - I want to go to Northumberland for castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle castle xx

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  7. You certainly have the charm of a princess, you were just missing the castle ;)

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  8. This sounds like the most amazing stay ever! What better way to feel like a princess than with a wander up a stone spiral staircase, a stay in that fourposter and gluten-free cake? :P Seriously though, I'm super jealous. This has the medieval history geek in me longing to explore a castle or ruins too...xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

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  9. Oh wow what an experience to sleep somewhere with so much history!

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  10. What massive fun!!!! I love castles and palaces but managed to totally burn Stephen out in search of the Edward II castles in Wales. Loved your tale of intrepid adventuring!

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  11. Sudeley Castle is rumoured to be haunted, but you can never really tell. We didn't have any ghostly experiences alas!

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  12. Honestly, it was absolutely gorgeous - staying anywhere else but a proper castle will forever be a let down!

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  13. Lucky, lucky, lucky - or we would have become Britain's most wanted garden rampagers!

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  14. Oh Sam, you're too sweet! Alas, I didn't feel any peas in the mattress so failed at the last Princess challenge.

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  15. It was wonderful - we truly geeked out at our plethora of castles!

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  16. It was unreal - especially to a pair of girls whose country is less than 150 years old.

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