The building subsequently passed through various owners, including the Waldegrave family in 1557, and the Meade Waldo family from 1749–1903. During this latter period of ownership, the castle fell into a poor state of repair, during which time it was leased to various private tenants, until it was acquired and completely restored by the American millionaire William Waldorf Astor, who used it as a family residence. The estate is now run as a conference centre, but the castle is open to the public and is particularly well known for its mazes. The only original part of Hever Castle is the gatehouse. In the castle there are exhibits from differing historical eras, including instruments of torture and a museum of the Kent Yeomanry.
There is a yew maze, planted in 1904, as well as a more recent addition, a water maze, which opened in 1987.
The garden is large has a wide range of features including an Italianate garden, rose gardens and a lake.
It was used for the filming of the Other Boleyn Girl, along with nearby Knole House in Sevenoaks.
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