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Sizergh Castle is an imposing house standing proudly at the gateway to the Lake District. Its rich and beautiful garden includes a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. The parkland is bordered with estate fencing and contains attractive stonewall landscaping and handmade garden gates.
Still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh Castle has many tales to tell and certainly feels lived in, with centuries-old portraits and fine furniture sitting alongside modern family photographs.
The exceptional wood panelling culminates in the Inlaid Chamber, returned here in 1999 from the Victoria and Albert Museum. The 647-hectare (1,600-acre) estate includes limestone pasture, orchards and semi-natural woodland.
Contains some of the finest Elizabethan carved overmantels in the country, 14thC solar tower with original fireplaces, floors and windows. The 15thC great hall and other later additions contain English and French furniture, silver, china and Jacobite relics. Set in wonderful grounds with walks around the estate, this has been lived in by the Strickland family for over 760 years. Dogs accepted on public footpaths only.
The garden includes the largest National Trust’s limestone rock garden, where colours change with the passing of the seasons. It also has four National Collections of Hardy Ferns and a kitchen garden with bees and hens. A bird hide and feeding area, as well as a network of footpaths, guided walks and orienteering, are available in the wider estate. Children can enjoy a natural play trail, pond dipping and quizzes. Its timeless atmosphere makes this the perfect place to relax.
Contemporary licensed café serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, meals and snacks. Shop selling local products, home accessories, gifts, toys and plants.
Ground floor of the house, shop and most of the garden are accessible with a wheelchair. Mainly gravel paths. Recommended route path in the garden. Wheelchair and powered mobility vehicle available. Braille guide and handling items available. Picnic area in the car park. Children’s quiz sheets. Sorry no backpacks or baby carriers in the house. Groups and coaches accepted with advanced booking.
Photo credit: Simaron, Flickr
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