Sizergh Castle

Sizergh castle

We had planned a three day walking break in the lake District Cumbria and climb a few fells in the process, but before we started we broke up the long journey by stopping here. You can find the castle near to the popular town of Kendal and it is managed and owned now by the National Trust . They were some of the best gardens we have visited it was just a shame we had not visited a couple of weeks earlier when it would have been in full bloom. You can freely walk around the castle with plenty of information at hand and the guides were very helpful with any questions you may have. As the weather was glorious we had a nice Clotted cream Scone and a pot of tea that went down nicely. Well worth a visit if you up that way the gardens alone are well worth the trip.
Some History From Wikipedia:
The Deincourt family owned this land from the 1170s. On the marriage of Elizabeth Deincourt to Sir William de Stirkeland in 1239, the estate passed into the hands of what became the Strickland family, who owned it until it was gifted to the National Trust in 1950 by Gerald Strickland, 1st Baron Strickland's grandson Lt. Cdr. Thomas Hornyold-Strickland, 7th Count della Catena.[9]
Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII and a relative of the Stricklands, is thought to have lived here after her first husband died in 1533. Catherine's second husband, Lord Latymer, was kin to the dowager Lady Strickland.[10][11]
It was extended in Elizabethan times. Sir Thomas Strickland went into exile with James II.
Around 1770, the great hall was again expanded in the Georgian style.