Walks And Walking – Classic British Hotels at Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle was originally built as a Saxon manor on an island in the middle of the River Len in about 1128. More recently it has been known as one of the most historic buildings in the United Kingdom and often referred to as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’. We stayed in a Stable Courtyard Bedroom with Classic British Hotels.
We first became aware that you could stay at Leeds Castle from an article listing ‘Five unique British short breaks’ on the Saga website for a deal that included overnight accommodation in a Stable Courtyard Bedroom at Leeds Castle, 3-course dinner in the Great British Kitchen 17th century oak-beamed Fairfax Hall Restaurant, complimentary tickets to visit Leeds Castle, complimentary guide-book, complimentary bottle of mead per room and a Full English breakfast.
As we had never visited Leeds Castle before we thought it would be the perfect way to explore somewhere that we had heard lots about but never been. When we arrived we checked in really quickly and was greeted with a warm and friendly reception, found our room easily and then set off for an afternoon stroll around the grounds. Throughout the year there are an abundance of activities with specialist tours and talks, expert garden guides, wildlife wanders, walks and feeds as well as finding out more about the various plants, trees and flowers.
It appears the bluebells arrived at the same time as we did and we also stumble upon some of the largest daffodils we had ever seen. As Leeds Castle closed in the late afternoon a relaxing calm fell across the grounds and we decided to go for a relaxing afternoon snooze in the room, which was beautifully decorated and serenely peaceful. We had reservations at the Great British Kitchen Fairfax Hall Restaurant which overlooks the Castle, enjoyed a fabulous meal served at a very relaxed pace and then made our way back to the room.
After an amazing nights sleep we awoke to another glorious day in Kent. After a very generous full English breakfast we decided to go for an early morning stroll around the grounds and surrounding woodlands. With only the ducks, geese and swans for company we slowly ambled our way round to Leeds Castle for a good look round.
From our room in the Stable Courtyard we walked towards the Turf Maze by the Maze Cafe and the Knights Realm Playground. We then walked down the Great Water and walked back along the Lady Baillie Garden and down to Pavilion Lawn passing a Peacock and spotting Kingfishers on the way. We then walked down the path to follow the water opposite Wood Garden to the Leeds Castle Shop and then back to the Castle along Cedar Lawn. It is a shame you cannot walk the circumference of Leeds Castle because of the golf course but that was our only grumble.
After a good few hours at Leeds Castle we jumped back in the car and got back to London in just over an hour, perfectly relaxed having enjoyed a fabulous weekend.