TOUR DURATION: 9hrs (Approx.)
Your London Cabbie will take you to the House that Churchill loved, particularly for the stunning views over the rolling hills of the Weald of Kent. Churchill modernised the Victorian mansion – which was rather gloomy originally – by adding a garden wing consisting of three large and attractive rooms. Churchill’s wife Clementine made her contribution by choosing the comfortable furniture and floral chintz curtains. The 80 acre estate gave Winston the peace and tranquillity that he loved, and he relaxed by painting in the garden or in his studio and by transforming the grounds with new lakes, and robust brick walls built with his own hands. The Chart Well which rises on the western boundary of the site fed into the existing lake and gave the estate its name.
The seat of the Boleyn family, including the ill-fated Anne Boleyn who married King Henry VIII, Hever Castle is a stunningly beautiful castle as well as being packed with history. The oldest part of the castle dates to 1270, and in the early 1500s the Boleyn family (at the time, known as the Bullen family) bought the castle and added a Tudor dwelling within the walls which is where Anne grew up. It later passed into the ownership of Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. From 1557 onwards the Castle was owned by a number of families including the Waldegraves, the Humfreys and the Meade Waldos, and eventually in 1903, William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle, building the ’Tudor Village’ and creating the gardens and lake.
Since 1983, the castle has been owned by Broadland Properties Limited and open to the public. The castle has a homely atmosphere and houses historic 16th century Tudor portraits, furniture and tapestries. Other artefacts include two magnificent Books of Hours (prayer books), both signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. Costumed figures of Henry VIII and his six wives in the Long Gallery add to the atmosphere, and are popular with the children. The Council Chamber in the thirteenth century gatehouse contains collections of historic swords, armour, instruments of execution, torture and discipline.
Our driver would be happy to make one or both of the following additional options on the day – please bear in mind that each of these trips will add about 60-90 minutes to the day and will incur a small additional cost – we would be happy to discuss the options available to you.
Westerham: the pretty little town in the Kent countryside where General James Wolfe was born, and where Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, lived for a while.
Hundred Acre Wood: Ashdown Forest is the setting for A A Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood where Winnie the Pooh and his friends embark upon their many adventures – bring your own pooh sticks and visit the original Pooh bridge!
- See the delightful home of Britian’s most charismatic wartime Prime Minister Churchill
- Travel through the beautiful Kent countryside, known as the Garden of England
- See the castle where Anne Boleyn, the ill-fated wife of King Henry VIII, grew up
- Tour Departure Time: 8am daily (subject to special events – please contact us for details)
- Children under 16 yrs old must be accompanied by an adult
- Tours cancelled within 48hrs will be subjected to a cancellation fee
- Pickup times must be strictly adhered to, no variance to be allowed
- Max of 5 passengers per taxi (Iconic Classic London Cab)
- Max of 6 passengers per taxi (Mercedes Vito London Cab)
- Multiple Pickups are not available
- Please inform your guide if you wish to be dropped off at an alternative London location at the end of the tour. (This is included in the package)
Tour includes a Professional Driver Guide & Photo Opportunities. Tour Excludes Foods/Drinks, Entrance Fees to Attractions, & Gratuities.