How I envy you the visit to Hever. I have always thought it such a romantic place, from the images that I have seen. Your photos suggest a place of great charm; in some respects a typical English country establishment that has evolved over the centuries, retaining a little of each century in its style. Very lovely.
Yes, it was a great place to visit, the gardens are beautiful too, although not part of the 16th centrury backdrop. Martyn, you can probably go down there for a weekend one of these days. I think you live up north whereas Kent is south, but it's not too far if you stay over a night or two. There is nifty little inn near the castle, called - what else - "Henry VIII Inn"
. Hever is a quaint little town, pretty small it seems. We took the train, and had to walk along a country road for about 1.5 miles from the train station to the castle as there was no public transportation. There were no signs for the castle until later on, so for a while we weren't even sure if we were going the right way! Luckily, we were. But it was nice to walk it because you really got to see the town that way. I would imagine it doesn't look all that different than it did 500 years ago when the Boleyns lived there: houses with thatched rooves, fields and lots of sheep. I bet the road we took was the same road (more or less) that Henry VIII used when he went there! You also get to go inside the chapel where the Boleyns went, still pretty much intact.
I'll see if I can post some of my pictures of the town later...