About the property
Remarkably this apartment allows you to stay within the actual precincts of Hampton Court Palace. It was formerly the base for the Officers of the Pastry and can be found tucked away off Fish Court, in the warren of Tudor brick quadrangles surrounding Henry VIII’s great kitchen.
- 4 nights from£771
- equivalent to £32.13 per person per night
‘Being mere peasants, staying at the Office of Pastry was quite a privilege.’
From the logbook
Part of the warren of Tudor brick quadrangles around Henry VIII’s Great Kitchens
This apartment is named after Fish Court, from which it is entered up a flight of stairs from one of countless similar intriguing doors in the service wing of this magnificent Palace. Fish Court is one of the warren of tiny Tudor brick quadrangles surrounding Henry VIII’s Great Kitchens. It was originally used by the Officers of the Pastry, who created elaborate and whimsical pastries and sweetmeats for the royal table. Begun by Cardinal Wolsey, the service wing was enlarged by Henry VIII, who entertained still more lavishly and added new kitchens, one entirely for the baking of pies. The windows look south over Master Carpenter’s Court and north towards Bushey Park.
Disappear behind your own front door
Being on the first floor Fish Court is a quiet place to stay despite the sometimes heavy flow of day visitors below. Escaping their throng, as you disappear behind Fish Court’s front door, invariably brings a sense of privileged thrill. The great kitchens nearby often have woodfires lit with meat roasting on a spit above and sometimes other dishes are also being prepared by the Palace interpreters. Beyond the cellars and corridors of the service wing lie the elegant courts, halls and chapel where the grander folk led their own, often less predictable existences.
Become part of the Palace’s secret life, beyond the public gaze
Just as it always would have been, Hampton Court Palace is a large and thriving community. Very few residents now share it with its institutions and day visitor areas, but the sense of a secret life beyond the public gaze survives – of doors leading to invisible staircases, of figures disappearing up a staircase with a briefcase or basket. Staying at Fish Court you become part of this life, passing the security barrier and making yourselves at home in a palace. You are free to explore the magnificent gardens and most of the courtyards during public opening times. You can also visit the public rooms of the Palace during opening hours as often as you like and the friendliness of the Palace staff will help you feel even more part of the scene. It will be an unforgettable experience.
‘When we arrived I had unrealistic expectations of the glory and grandeur of Fish Court. Much to my surprise, my expectations were far exeeded!’
From the logbook
Map & local info
Located in the heart of Hampton Court Palace, just next to the Tudor kitchen, Fish Court enjoys a position within the heart of the historic royal Palace, reached by narrow alleyways and a labyrinth of courtyards and doors.
See all our Landmarks at Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey - Sleeps 6
Places to visit nearby
St Pauls Cathedral
‘Being mere peasants, staying at the Office of Pastry was quite a privilege.’
From the logbook
Your questions answered
What you need to know about this building
Does the property allow dogs?
How is the property accessed?
Via the Palace security directly from the main road.
What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?
Hampton Court Station – 0.5 miles.
Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?
Yes – the parking is approximately 100 metres from the Landmark.
What type of heating does the property have?
There is central heating.
What are the kitchen facilities?
The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc.
There is also an electric cooker.
What are the bathroom facilities?
There are two bathrooms, both with baths.
Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?
There are steep, narrow stairs.
Is there a garden or outside space?
You are free to explore the Palace gardens, most of the courtyards and the public rooms of the Palace during opening hours. You do not need to pay the normal ticket price.
Booking and Payment
Can I pay a deposit?
If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
How can I pay?
We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
How do I pick up the key?
There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
How can I cancel or change my booking?
If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
What if I arrive late?
Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
Do you accept payment in other currencies?
At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
How far in advance do I need to book?
It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?
No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?
No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!
What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?
If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will advise you as to whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to carry out the changeover then we consider that it is open and available. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, which may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking.
Staying at a Landmark
Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?
Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
Do you provide catering?
Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
Do you allow dogs?
You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
Can I bring a pet?
Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
Insured if I break something?
We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
Are Landmarks suitable for children?
Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?
Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors.
We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
Can I get married in a Landmark?
Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?
All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
Is it true there are no televisions in the buildings?
We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?
One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?
Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s).
Are the kitchens and bathrooms restored to a modern standard?
Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
Is linen provided?
Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
Are the kitchens fully equipped?
Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
Do you provide logs for the open fire/stove?
Logs are provided at many of our Landmarks for an additional cost.
Will there be a mobile signal in the Landmark I book?
Mobile coverage varies. Some Landmarks have an excellent signal, but others have none at all. If you are concerned, you can check with the housekeeper before your arrival.
Is there Wi-Fi in your buildings?
No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
What should I bring with me? Are there lavatory rolls, soap, shampoo, milk, teabags, coffee, hairdryer?
A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide lavatory rolls and a bar of soap, per basin but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.
Do you have other questions?
Our Booking Office can help with information about each building.
Select a changeover day to start your booking...
What's a changeover day? and Why can't I select other dates?
A changeover day is a particular day of the week when holidays start and end at our properties. These tend to be on a Friday or a Monday but can sometimes vary. All stays run from one changeover day until another changeover day.
Monday 13th February 2014
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