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.
April: The books on view for April are recipe books – but not just any old recipe books! The oldest book was written by Hester Neale and the first dated entry is 1669. She obviously passed on the book to her daughter, also called Hester, whose surname was de la Bere. She in turn made entries in the book dating from 1703. It is a book of recipes, of cures, of household hints. There are fairly straightforward instructions as to how to dry Apricots, how to make sausages, recipes for macaroons, a Plum Cake, Caraway cake, but amongst these are other very different notes. “A receipt of Snaile water for one that is in Consumption”, “An approved Medicine for the falling Sickness or Convulsion Fits”, “An Excellent Recipe for a Swelling” or “To make Viper Broth” (first catch your snake!). The second book was presented to Emma Dent by the Talbot family in 1884. These are more straightforward accounts and often they name the person who presented the recipe, but there are some interesting items here in relation to the times – Lemon Cheesecakes for instance or Orange cream – many people of this date would never have seen or tasted such ingredients. The last book is a 1970’s re-print of the older book – please feel free to look and handle this book – perhaps get an idea for an evening recipe!
Rooms may be closed for Private Functions. Known closures are listed below, or please call the Visitor Centre on 01242 604244 before travelling.
2017 Known Closures of Library & Morning Room:
13 May – until 11am
1 June – from 2pm
8 June – until 11am
15 June – from 2pm
13 August – all day
2 September – until 11am