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.
October: This month Lady Ashcombe would like you to enjoy the flower paintings from the three volumes of Flora and Sylva, produced in 1903, 1904 and 1905.
These initially came out as a monthly review for “Lovers of Garden, Woodland, Tree or Flower:” and were edited by William Heath Robinson but it is the watercolour paintings of Henry George Moon that catch the eye. Initially the plan had been to make this into a 5 volume set, but unfortunately Henry Moon died in 1903 at the early age of 48.
Robinson was determined to produce the best book that he could – he went to the best colour printer in Europe, he used paper mills that would still make “real” paper and for his woodcuts he went to the best engraver he could find. The results speak for themselves.
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