You can now explore even more of Sudeley Castle & Gardens as a number of the family’s private rooms have been opened to the public, some of which have never been seen before.
This includes the stunning red and gold Tudor Document Room, which contains Queen Katherine Parr’s hand-written books and love letter to Sir Thomas Seymour accepting his proposal of marriage; the light and feminine Sewing Room which has antique textiles on display as well as providing one of the best views of the ruins; and the richly panelled Library where you can view Charles I’s dispatch box, the exquisite 16th Century Sheldon Tapestry, and the Portrait of Rubens by Van Dyck.
In addition, visitors can also explore the Morning Room, the Civil War themed Chandos bedroom featuring Charles I’s campaign bed, and the Major’s Dressing Room and bathrooms.
These rooms have been uniquely decorated by Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe and form part of an extended and revamped route around the castle, which includes the highly anticipated ‘20 Treasures of Sudeley’ – a collection of unique artifacts and works of art of great historical importance.
New for 2017: Book of the Month
Lady Ashcombe is looking forward to showing some of the wonderful books in the Sudeley Castle collection. A variety of the books, some of which are over 300 years old, will be selected from the collection and will be displayed in the library. The books will be changed on a regular basis.
The book on display this month is a simple scrapbook and photograph album, but what an album!
This book was compiled by Marion Lascelles who married Henry Dent Brocklehurst, who owned Sudeley from 1900. As was typical of many of the gentry at this time, Marion kept a scrapbook of all the places that she visited and interspersed these with family photos. She did not stop there however, as she then proceeded to further illustrate many of the pages in the book. If someone was fascinated by hunting, then she would draw and colour a hunting scene to accompany the photos. There is a beautiful page illustrated with a fishing scene, the Mills family page is illustrated with many drawings of imps (what does this say about their children perhaps?), whilst other pages are illustrated with paintings of the flowers most commonly associated with the house or the family.
This is a beautifully illustrated book – please enjoy the images for yourself.
Rooms may be closed for Private Functions. Known closures are listed below, or please call the Visitor Centre on 01242 604244 before travelling.