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Since I live half an hour away from Maidstone, I decided to visit Leeds Castle on Sunday. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and it was interesting to learn about the history of the castle, since I didn't know much about it beforehand (I knew it had some sort of royal connection but I didn't know which royals it was connected to). The grounds are beautiful, and it is a very family friendly place so I would recommend it to everyone, but especially those who have young children.

Leeds Castle was built in 1119 and its first royal resident was Edward I who owned the castle in 1278. Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon resided there overnight whilst they were on their way to the Field of the Cloth of Gold. In Stuart and Georgian times it was owned by Sir Cheney Culpepper and the Fairfax family. The last resident of the castle was Olive Cecilia, Lady Bailie who was American born and purchased the castle in the 1920s. Leeds Castle was the location of the Northern Ireland Peace talks in 2004 and Princess Alexandra is visited the chapel in the '70s and according to one of the tour guides, she still pays occasional visits to the staff there.

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Old 08-14-2015, 02:04 PM
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Thanks Hereditary Princess beautiful castle. You are very lucky you have so many castles there to visit.
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Thank you! I guess I am lucky, there are quite a lot of historic castles and palaces near me.
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I've been busy lately as I visited Audley End House in Essex on Sunday, which is another stately home that has royal connections. The original building was built in 1538 and was used as a Benedictine monastery, called Walden Abbey. However a much larger mansion was built on top of the old site to entertain James I. Audley End was purchased by Charles II in 1668 as he wanted to use it as his residence when he visited Newmarket for the races, which is very nearby. During the course of a century after Charles II died, Audley End was gradually demolished and reduced to the size it is today. It then became the home of the Baron Braybrookes until 1941 when it was offered to the government for war purposes. In 1948 it was then sold to the Ministry of Works, now English Heritage.

Audley End is also the only country house in Britain to have an indoor coal room.

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Byfleet Manor in Surrey up for sale has royal links but most famous as the Dower House in Downton Abbey!

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Homebuyers are being offered the opportunity to move into an historic manor house which has been owned by no fewer than eight British monarchs.

Arreton Manor on the Isle of Wight dates back to at least 872AD and its earliest known royal owner was King Alfred the Great.

The eight-bedroom Grade II listed mansion in the village of Arreton saw Charles I review troops on its lawn and visitors can still see a conifer tree in the front garden planted by Queen Victoria.

Sam Biles, from Biles & Co estate agents, said: "Arreton Manor is one of the most historic houses on the Isle of Wight - royal connections, wonderful Elizabethan architecture, original features, monastic history and a secret room - it has the lot.

"It's royal background is incredible, owned by at least eight monarchs - Alfred the Great, Edward the Confessor, William the Conqueror, Henry VIII, Mary I, Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I.”
Read more: Yours for £2.1m, 9th-century manor house that is fit for a king (or several) - Telegraph
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10 things you might not know about Blenheim Palace

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Westenhanger Castle was owned by King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.
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Chatsworth House tapestries untouched for 200 years date back to 1630s say restorers

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Manor fit for a king: £8million estate where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed is for sale for the first time in 500 years

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King James I of Scotland had a new entrance block built on the east side of Linlithgow Palace. The raised entranceway was accessed by a ramp and drawbridge.
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Sudeley Castle: the curious life and death of Katherine Parr

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Scarborough Castle is in North Yorkshire, England. In 1312, King Edward II's lover Gaveston took refuge in Scarborough Castle and was starved into surrendering.
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