Apart from loving boats and gardens, my mum absolutely loves castles. She even jokes that maybe in her previous life she lived in one. So it wasn’t hard for me to put together a ‘things to see’ list for my mum. Visiting a castle was a must. We chose the beautiful Hever Castle in Kent, but before we got there, we stopped at a very old and small village called Chiddingstone.
It’s the best preserved Tudor village in the country owned by the National Trust (apart from the church and the castle) and over 70 percent of the buildings in Chiddingstone are more than 200 years old.
The Chiddingstone Castle
Set in an idyllic countryside setting sits the atmospheric Chiddingstone Castle and a former home to the Streatfeild family since the 17th Century. The castle now houses exhibitions and the grounds are especially suitable for a chilled summer picnic. I really loved how the clouds added more drama to this already dramatic and so English setting.
Cream tea in the village
You just can’t come to a place like this and not have a cream tea! We stopped at the Burghesh Court. I think tea always tastes better in small villages.
Charlie and mum had the traditional English Breakfast tea while I enjoyed my refreshing lemongrass & ginger brew. The scones were fresh, warm and yummy. Clotted cream and jam attracted lots of wasps, but other than that we had a lovely time.
I was surprised how much my mum enjoyed English Breakfast tea! It’s not a common thing back home at all to drink tea with milk and I don’t particularly like it, but mum said she will continue drinking it even when she returns home!
Such a lovely little village, I really recommend popping in, especially if you are on your way to Hever Castle.