Lympne Castle, The Street Lympne, Kent, South East
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The site, with its commanding views, has been strategically important since Roman times.
The site, with its commanding views, has been strategically important since Roman times. The castle itself, parts of which date to the 13th century, has witnessed invasion by the Danes and the Normans, was formerly home to the Archdeacon of Canterbury and was once occupied by Thomas Becket. It also played an important role as an observation post in World War II. With these credentials the castle surely merits its Grade 1 listing as being of Architectural or Historic Interest.
The West Drawing Room, whilst echoing the majesty of the mediaeval castle, belongs to a different era. It was added in Edwardian times when the famous architect Sir Robert Lorimer was commissioned to restore the castle, which was then near to ruin. As you enter the room your attention is immediately drawn to the view from the huge bow window overlooking the south east coast. Wood panelling and a stone fireplace lend the room an imposing yet welcoming atmosphere.
In the Great Hall with its part panelled walls, wooden roof beams and gothic arched windows you can imagine hearing the lively talk, clank of goblets and music of bygone feasts. This room is ideal for a larger civil wedding party, seating up to 120 guests.