Robert de Vieuxpont built this fortress in the early 13th Century. De Vieuxpont had lived a busy life as a landowner and administrator in France – especially in Rouen – and in Britain. He was a supporter and colleague of King John. John Brought de Vieuxpont to England in 1203. The twirling staircase and the corridors and alleyways and the edifice itself are full of history. They’re also in a lovely part of the world, beside a river whose banks are made for quiet moments or family games or lunches or historical exploration or anything that a visitor may want.