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3 March 2014

Spend the night at Hampton Court

Deep in the heart of Hampton Court Palace, through a door off the network of Tudor brick courtyards that surround Henry VIII’s great kitchen, is Fish Court, a small holiday flat once used by the Officers of the Pastry, which later became part of a grace-and-favour apartment, and is now available to all who can afford to hire it for a stay within the walls of the great Tudor palace. Whilst it is still available to rent by the week through the Landmark Trust charity, it was with some disquiet yesterday that your author discovered that there will be no more bookings available at Fish Court after the end of 2014.

There is no explanation as to the reason for this change, or suggestion on whether it will be permanent, and perhaps it is the Landmark Trust who no longer consider the apartment viable, but if you don't want to risk never staying in this apartment just off the tourist route through the palace, a number of chances still exist to book your stay. When your author visited the experience was quite magical, offering plentiful people-watching opportunities from the upstairs window, and even the chance to join the night watchmen on their after-dark patrol around the precincts of Henry VIII's palace.

For details, see http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/search-and-book/properties/fish-court-7006

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