Leeds Castle

Maidstone, Kent, England

The story of Leeds Castle begins in the rural manor of Esledes, Kent; after the battle of Hastings in 1066, when William of Normandy slayed King Harold II. Recorded in the Domesday book of 1086, the estate would become a fortified normal stronghold, home to six queens, a palace of Henry VIII and a residence to wealthy politicians.

The maiden’s tower at the heart of the Bailey is allegedly the most paranormally active places inside the walls of the castle. Built in the 16th century, it was here that Catherine of Aragon’s maids of honour stayed, including Anne Boleyn. The tower now houses five luxurious bedrooms, and two function rooms. I’ve been incredibly lucky to stay at so many historic places over the years, but this bedroom was especially sumptuous.