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A beautifully restored house with all restoration work actually completed by the owner.
A house video tour for clients of McCarthy Holden
Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in stunning parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. Constructed initially as a nation house in the mid- 15th – century, Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of Medieval England and the romance of Renaissance Europe.
Set amongst cautiously maintained Elizabethan gardens and parkland, your enchantment starts with your 1st sight of the castle as it breaks into view.
Guests are invited to stroll about our beautiful Elizabethan walled gardens and the several woodland trails, major to delightful discoveries such as our Rhododendron Gardens, Rose Garden and Herb Garden.
Take a slow stroll past the lily covered lakes to the 1930’s folly and admire the sheer magnificence of the castle.
Herstmonceux was a significant location lengthy before the Castle was built. There is evidence of Roman remains, and in the 12th century a saxon lady, Idonea de Herst married a Norman nobleman, Ingelram de Monceux, to give the location it’s name. The name of the owners changed through marriage to Fiennes, and the family enhanced in wealth and energy. James Fiennes distinguished himself fighting for King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt and later became sheriff of Surrey and Sussex.
It was his elder brother, Sir Roger Fiennes, Treasurer of the Household of Henry V1, who started building the castle in 1441. This is 1 of the very first major brick buildings (today it is the oldest brick building of any note nonetheless standing in England) and was years ahead of it is time in other respects, with concentration far more on grandeur and comfort than on defence.
The family fortunes are intriguing and varied, but by 1700 the final Lord Dacre, Earl of Sussex, was forced to sell Herstmonceux Castle. By the end of this century the owner, Robert Hare had demolished most of it and used the bricks to refashion Herstmonceux Spot, additional up the hill.
It had deteriorated into a ruin till 1911 when it was bought by Lt. col. Claude Lowther who utilised Nearby craftsman to carry out the constructing work, and by 1912 most of the South front was rebuilt.
Col Lowther was accountable for much of the present style and for installing a number of pieces of fine woodwork and panelling bought from other excellent historic homes in England.
Soon after Col Lowther’s death in 1929, Sir Paul Latham contributed quite greatly to the construction of the castle both internally and externally. In 1946 he sold it to the Admiralty who purchased the estate for the Royal Greenwich Observatory, and it became an essential scientific institution for the next 40 years.
In 1993 Herstmonceux Castle was acquired by Queen’s University of Canada by way of the generosity of Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader, and is now an International Study Centre attracting students from about the globe.
It was throughout a go to to their Sussex home that Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader chanced on an advertisement offering Herstmonceux Castle for sale, and their vision and help for the potential of the Castle taking on a new guise as an International Study Centre, bringing students from all over the planet to study in the beauty and tranquillity of East Sussex countryside.
Take pleasure in a delicious cream tea in the castle Tearoom and browse by means of intriguing and unusual gifts in the castle shop. For those who wish to know a lot more about the history of the castle, there is a visitors centre displaying numerous artefacts, photographs and info.
Also visitors are encouraged to take element in a guided tour of the interior of the castle to acquire an insight into what life was like in occasions gone by and to become familiar with the stories and rumours which have circulated over the years, including these of smugglers and our resident ghosts.
NB: The castle is not open to the public, nevertheless guided tours are conducted at an additional charge and topic to availability, but due to the operation of a busy working university we strongly advise you to telephone for confirmation of instances ahead of your visit.
Usually tours are performed once/twice day-to-day, Sunday – Friday between 11am-2pm.
For more info, please visit www.herstmonceux-castle.com/
By antonychammond (away4weekend) on 2009-05-29 03:34:39
The causes for the resurgence in historic motoring events might be manifold, but there is no doubt the common public is becoming enthused by the reappearance of some older events and the creation of new ones. The owners and drivers of historic vehicles have a tendency to fall into two categories. This who like to keep their autos in showroom situation, commit hours cleaning and polishing their treasured automobiles and by no means take them out on the open road. The other intense is the owner/driver who hardly ever cleans his auto, in fact they may just do the bare minimum to preserve them running. These men and women look to be much more interested in driving rather than owning and seek every single chance to get their motors on the road, either in point-to-point challenges or even track racing where achievable. One more thriving branch of historic motorsport is the hill climb discipline, exactly where stripped down racers climb a closed section of hilly terrain as quick as achievable. The section of sport we are concerning ourselves with right here covers location to place vehicle rallies or historic competitions on motor racing circuits. It is these events that have observed a surge in interest and now make up a important part of the motor sport calendar in distinct nations. 1 of the greatest is the Goodwood Revival Festival in the UK which attracts cars, owners and guests from all more than the globe. There are true races that see really high-priced cars put via their paces on the track, which has been lovingly restored to reflect the bygone era when the automobiles initially raced. Visitors are invited to dress up in period costume and the entire weekend is a particular occasion. A similar event on a smaller scale is the brand new Algarve Historic Festival, which tales location for the initial time this year at the Algarve’s newest motor circuit, close to to Portimao. Just like the Goodwood festival there will be competitive races for vehicles in diverse categories. In reality there are 16 diverse races in addition to a lot of exhibition areas for cars not racing. Motor racing legend Sir Sterling Moss has accepted an invitation to race his personal auto, a 1956 Osca, in the year he celebrates his 80th birthday. Sir Sterling is properly recognized for not owning a standard automobile himself, preferring to travel around on public transport or on his scooter. Also planned is a charity parade celebrating 50 years of the Mini as well as parade laps for Ferrari, Maserati and Osca automobiles. In Africa, the Ganbia is an unusual finish point for a historic motoring event that sees a group of automobiles racing across Europe all the way from Plymouth in England to Banjul, the capital. This is an uncommon event that began numerous years ago and calls for the drivers to leave their automobiles behind in Banjul right after the rally exactly where they will be auctioned for charity. An additional relatively low crucial occasion is the Volta a Madeira, a motoring festival held on the Portuguese island of Madeira for the 22nd time this year. Some of the automobiles taking element on the most current version of this event included automobiles from Ferrari, Mercedes, Triumph, MG, Lancia and BMW. The Volta requires the competitors more than the gorgeous mountainous roads of the island throughout the four day occasion. The island of Mallorca also has its own classic auto rally, identified as the Rally Clasico Isla Mallorca, which requires location over 3 days in March. This is a quite well-known occasion and over forty vehicles have already entered for the 2010 event, the sixth operating of the event. The oldest car competing so far is a 1954 Jaguar XK 140 which will join the others on different stages around this beautiful island. The most spectacular of the 14 stages for spectators are bound to be those that take the cars into the Tramuntana mountains, to the north of Palma. One stage runs in between the northern town of Pollensa and Lluc, the location of one particular of Mallorca’s most famous old monasteries. An additional equivalent occasion is the Historic Commercial Car Rally that was held on the island of Malta in March this year. Organised by the Malta Historic Automobile Trust at the Ta Qali location, the occasion expects to develop into the biggest motoring occasion on Malta. Amazingly on the initial operating of the Rally, virtually 120 cars had been on display which includes old fire engines, trucks, vans and military cars. Lastly, France has a massive heritage in classic vehicles and has two related events at two of its legendary venues. The Magny-Cours track hosts the Masters Historic Festival each and every two years in July, whilst other years see the Le Mans Classic festival taking place. Each events include competitive races for pre-1974 and pre-1966 race vehicles. Yet another French Classic Car event is the November Sun Run, which commence in the Champagne region of France on November 4th 2009 and sees the automobiles driving 1400 kilometers towards the south of France, finishing on November 7th by racing up the popular alpine climb of Alp D’Huez.
Cities like Palma andBanjul are just some of the new places that now host vintage motoring festivals. Travel writer Mark Bartley covers exclusive events and delivers suggestions on finding low cost flights to Banjul or Mallorca this year.