Tea for One Hundred and Two
Published: Tuesday 5th Nov 2013
Written by: Carol Attwell
Well, almost. It would have been had not a few unfortunate home owners been unable to attend at the last minute. Our heartiest commiserations to those who suffered injuries. We missed you! and we are pretty sure you would have enjoyed our very elegant tea party. Chiddingstone Castle is a superb venue, ten tables were beautifully set with fine china and cake stands bulging with sandwiches, scones and cakes. We kicked off the afternoon with Gribble Bridge Pink Sparkling Wine from Biddenden Vineyard. Delicious. All our lovely homeowners gathered in the White Rose Room where Martin greeted the assembled throng before handing over to Ali Ditzel who gave us a fascinating introduction to the Castle, its owners and the wonderful exhibits collected by the most recent incumbent, Denys Eyre Bower. He certainly had a gimlet eye for a treasure ranging from a mummified cat in the Egyptian Room to a locket containing a scrap of James II's heart and a collection of Japanese laqueurware only rivalled by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Chiddingstone Castle is surrounded by beautiful grounds and the view towards over the North Downs is absolutely spectacular. We do so enjoy our annual events and having the chance to socialise with owners. What a lovely bunch they are! Tea was graciously served and much enjoyed and then it was time to go home - until next year when we will meet again! We will be on the lookout for another fabulous venue. Meanwhile don't forget you can return to Chiddingstone for their Christmas Fair on the 29th November - mulled wine and lots of clever ideas for indulgent gifts!