The story of Anthony and Cleopatra in leather
One of the glories of the castle, the leather hangings tell the love story of Anthony and Cleopatra.
Dating from the early 18th century, they have always hung in this room.
The King Charles connection
Said to be the most haunted room in the castle, this room takes its name from the future King Charles 2nd who slept here in 1645. The secret escape passage behind the bed is proof of the dangerous times during the Civil War.
Another way out?
Look behind the bed to find a doorway into a hidden passage. It is said a secret ladder gave a quick escape.
A golden apple to Venus
The Trojan prince Paris gave a golden apple to Venus in exchange for the love of his life. His choice of Helen of Troy sparked off the Trojan Wars.
The King's shillings
The magnificent late 17th-century oak staircase is well worth closer inspection.
Look out for the coins carved in the third panel of the balustrade which are identifiable as Charles II silver shillings bearing the King's head and interlaced Cs. The skilled carver represented the 1683/84 issue of these shillings, so dating his work.