12 century (buildings started 1115), grade 1 listed, romantic castle overlooking the Severn and the Welsh border, "it's savage old and unique", outer courtyard, inber bailey, 14th century door with Norman portal. The Kings Gallery contains the Cypress chest which once belonged to Francis Drake, wooden floor, wooden staircase, dungeon opening which goes down 28 feet to the courtyard level. King Edwards room stone walls, leaded windows, stone floor. Drake's room, large carved oak four poster bed. Tower room contains an unusual collection of mid-17th century ebony furniture. Dining room with large 18th century dining table. Medieval 14th century buttery and kitchen, in the buttery original utensils have been retained, arches on the walls show the positions of early bread ovens, kitchen has a large series of spits, underneath the buttery is a subterranean passage. The china room. The housekeepers room is the repository for a collection of late 18th century furniture and pictures. The great hall measures 32and a half feet high 62 feet long and 32 feet wide, and is built within the 12th century curtain wall and has a 14th century roof, the walls are hung with a fine series of Oudenarde tapestries, stained glass windows, 16th century screen at the end of the hall, fireplace. Grand stairs, wooden staircase dates from 1637 (17th century). The morning room timber roof with contemporary painted decorations. Long drawing room with carved gilt wall mirrors, stone walls and wooden floor. Small drawing room, gilt furniture and Brussels tapestries. Cellars, beer cellar. Meadows around the castle, which were designed to flood at will; terraces, kennels and stables oif the hunt, Deer Park with herds of red and fallow deer. Butterfly farm.
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