T hornbury Castle is a royal stay, a tribute to the dukes and monarchs who laid their heads there in centuries past. In 1511, King Henry VIII gave his kinsman, Ed- ward Stafford permission to turn his manor at Thorn- bury into a glorious new construction. And Stafford did just that, creating a residence fit for a king. The regal legacy of Thornbury lingers in its beautifully-man- icured grounds and luxuriously-appointed guest suites named for important Tudor personages. Stay in the Henry VIII bed- chamber, once occupied by the king and his new bride Anne Boleyn, and gaze out over the majestic River Severn. The Cath- erine of Aragon Tower Suite, named for Henry’s first wife, sits at the top of a 77-step spiral staircase and houses the biggest four-poster bed in any British hotel. The elegant Jane Seymour Suite, given the name of Henry’s favorite (and third) spouse, of- fers stunning views that stretch all the way to Wales. Historical tours of the property are available for those who want to immerse in Tudor times; the engaging guides make the centuries-old property come to vivid, sparkling life. There’s no question they can’t answer! Unwind after a long day in front of a roaring fire while sipping a cocktail and peruse an antique book in the library. Then, feast like a royal, courtesy of Executive Chef Carl Cleghorn, on a six-course tasting menu, which pro- gresses from mackerel to artichoke, halibut to succulent duck, and a sweet ending, complete with exquisite wine pairings. Browse the castle’s 15 acres of grounds, including the lush

rose beds, herb garden, and a labyrinth of wildflowers and long grass. Transport yourself back in time with Renaissance activi- ties, like longbow archery lessons, clay pigeon shooting, fal- conry, and axe throwing, while romantic carriage rides offer a touch of romance to modern getaways. Thornbury Castle –CARLY SILVER

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