Ok, so before you get to the monstrous amount of photos from Arundel Castle, here is a little back story on why this is "Van's Castle". After returning from a weekend in Scotland, Van called up his Mamaw to dish about how much we loved Scotland. She is a world traveler herself and told us that Scotland was one of her favorite places to visit. So naturally, we had to call and gush about how much we loved it too.
When we called, she had some interesting news for us. She had been doing some digging as to where her family, the Allens, came from. Apparently, her Allen family name may actually have been derived from FitzAlan. And FitzAlan is the name of the very wealthy family that owned this castle back in the day. While the final owners of the castle were the Howard family (after Mary FitzAlan married a Howard) the FitzAlan family is still a huge part of the castle. From the crests to the FitzAlan Chapel....it's all there. Upon hearing this news, we knew we had to make a trip down to the castle ASAP!
We have visited a good amount of castles over the past year and consider ourselves versed in castles. So let me tell you, it is very obvious (kind of like Alnwick Castle) that this castle was very wealthy. Well, and still is, as it is partially occupied. The grounds and castle are super expansive. We walked for what seemed to be hours around the castle. And it was gorgeous. With our English Heritage passes, we were able to get a decent discount and purchased the Gold Plus passes to be able to see all there was to see. Unfortunately, I was unable to take photos inside the castle. But let me tell you it was gorgeous. It was an understated elegance. The decor was beautiful but seemed comfortable. There were animal heads everywhere and it almost had a bit of a lodge feel too it. I could call it home, that's for sure! And the gardens were stunning, even on a dreary British day.
So anyway, to say that we enjoyed Arundel Castle is an understatement, especially with the daydreams of royal blood running through our minds! So take a look for yourself...
The Grounds + Castle
And the FitzAlan Chapel
Mamaw, I hope we did you proud!!