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He was a man who no doubt insisted on a king-sized bed - and now the historic mansion where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn spent their honeymoon has been put on the market for £8.5million.

The royal pair spent ten days at Thornbury Castle, a stunning Grade I-listed pile which was built in the early 15th century for Edward Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham...

Want to be king of the castle? Mansion where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn spent their honeymoon goes on sale for £8.5m


King and his second wife spent ten days at Thornbury Castle in 1535

Grade I-listed pile, in south Gloucestershire, was built in early 15th century

The Tudor mansion remained royal property until 1558 and is now a hotel

Has 28 en-suite bedrooms including room which was occupied by royal couple


By Nick Enoch for MailOnline
8 March 2017

He was a man who no doubt insisted on a king-sized bed - and now the historic mansion where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn spent their honeymoon has been put on the market for £8.5million.

The royal pair spent ten days at Thornbury Castle, a stunning Grade I-listed pile which was built in the early 15th century for Edward Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham.

The Duke was an aristocratic landowner during the period of the notorious monarch and the two fell out - with Stafford arrested for high treason and executed on Tower Hill in 1521.


Thornbury Castle - the historic mansion in south Gloucestershire where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn spent their honeymoon - has been put on the market for £8.5million


The monarch and Boleyn, his second wife (right) - beheaded in 1536 for treason - stayed for ten days at the Grade-I listed pile

King Henry VIII then claimed the property for himself and, in 1535, stayed there while on his honeymoon tour with Boleyn, his second wife.

However, it didn't turn out too well for Anne, the second of the monarch's six wives either: she was beheaded after three years of marriage, in 1536, for treason.

The Tudor mansion remained royal property until 1558 when it was returned to the Duke's descendants.

These days Thornbury Castle, in South Gloucestershire, is one of the area's most impressive hotels, made up of 28 en-suite bedrooms including the room which was occupied by the royal couple.


Above, one of Thornbury's rooms. It is now one of the area's most impressive hotels, made up of 28 en-suite bedrooms

Its owner, Luxury Family Hotels, has now put it on the market with Savills for 'in excess' of £8.5million.

Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions at Savills, said: 'Thornbury Castle offers a unique opportunity to an investor looking to own a historic hotel.

'The fantastic reputation of the business and the sympathetic Tudor interiors have ensured the hotel remains popular with guests and we expect significant interest while marketing the asset.'

Parts of the original Manor House date back as far as 1330, but work on the main castle began in 1510 with the main three wings finished within three years.

All of the rooms are individually styled and retain period features including exposed beamwork and arrow-slit windows.

The hotel's on-site restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes and previously received the first Michelin star awarded in the UK outside of London under the ownership of Kenneth Bell.

Outside, the castle gardens are set out in two sections and are regarded as one of the finest Tudor gardens.

There is also a productive vineyard, with the overall site set in 15.4 acres of grounds.

Thornbury: Own a piece of history

Earliest record: During time of King Athelstan (AD 925-940), grandson of King Alfred the Great.
11th century: William the Conqueror seized the manor and gave it to his Queen.
1087: William Rufus ascended the throne and granted Thornbury to Robert Fitzhamon. It then passed through 28 generations to William Stafford Howard, Earl of Stafford, who sold it to his cousin, Thomas Howard, 8th Duke of Norfolk, in 1727, and in whose family it remained until 1959.
1508: Castle is built after licence is obtained to castellate the manor.
1521: Henry VIII appropriated the castle and, for 33 years, it remained a royal demesne; in 1535, he and Anne Boleyn spent 10 days here. The castle was unoccupied and fell into ruin during 17th and 18th centuries.
1850s: Becomes a family residence again - home to the Howards and Cliffords among others.

Source: Celticcastles.com


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