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September 13, 2018 — Sizergh Castle

A visit to Sizergh Castle and wonderful dinner at Hartley's

Our neighborhood swan and his reflection

Our neighborhood swan and his reflection


After breakfast we started up the A590 to Sizergh Castle and managed without getting lost. We’re National Trust members so parked and entered free; however, the eleven o’clock tour was one GBP each but very worth it. We explored the garden until tour time and met our guide at the front door. She was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. However, the library was not open for the tour so we were determined to return and visit it as the library is always our favorite room.

Sizergh Castle, a National Trust Site

Sizergh Castle, a National Trust Site

Gardens at Sizergh Castle, a National Trust Site

Gardens at Sizergh Castle, a National Trust Site

Gardens of Sizergh Castle, a National Trust Site

Gardens of Sizergh Castle, a National Trust Site

Sizergh Castle, a National Trust Site

Sizergh Castle, a National Trust Site

Dining Room in Sizergh Castle

Dining Room in Sizergh Castle

Dining Room in Sizergh Castle

Dining Room in Sizergh Castle

Our tour guide at Sizergh Castle

Our tour guide at Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle

Architectural detail at Sizergh Castle<br />The 3 scallop shells are on the Strickland Family Crest

Architectural detail at Sizergh Castle
The 3 scallop shells are on the Strickland Family Crest

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle


When the tour ended, we walked over to the National Trust Tea Room and got Swede soup, a cheese scone and dessert with a nice hot pot of tea. They couldn’t tell us what a Swede was, but it was somewhat carrot-like although not as sweet. Not exciting, but warm on a chilly day. (Later learned the swede is a hybrid vegetable that comes from cross-breeding a cabbage and a turnip. It seems to be called a Rutabaga here at home.)

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Sealing wax at Sizergh Castle<br />The 3 scallop shells are on the Strickland Family Crest

Sealing wax at Sizergh Castle
The 3 scallop shells are on the Strickland Family Crest

After lunch we returned to the now-open castle sans guide to explore in more depth. There were several rooms open that were not on the tour including two bedrooms and the library, always my favorite room. We went through it all and then headed into the garden. They have a group of acers that are over a hundred years old and stunning. We covered the garden, went through the barn with off-and-on rain and finally reclaimed the car and drove home.

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Sizergh Castle - Interior

Sizergh Castle - Interior

Sizergh Castle - Library

Sizergh Castle - Library

Sizergh Castle - Library

Sizergh Castle - Library

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle - Interior

Sizergh Castle - Interior

Sizergh Castle - Bedroom

Sizergh Castle - Bedroom

Sizergh Castle - Bedroom

Sizergh Castle - Bedroom

Sizergh Castle from the Gardens

Sizergh Castle from the Gardens

Sizergh Castle from the Gardens in the rain

Sizergh Castle from the Gardens in the rain

Sizergh Castle - Gardens

Sizergh Castle - Gardens

Sizergh Castle from the Gardens

Sizergh Castle from the Gardens

Sizergh Castle from the Gardens

Sizergh Castle from the Gardens

Gates outside Sizergh Castle

Gates outside Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle from the lower garden

Sizergh Castle from the lower garden

Checked email and transferred photos before driving in to Hartley’s for dinner. Ed got the sea bass and I got the pork medallions with roasted vegetables and a poached pear . . . fabulous.. Ed got ice cream and I got a flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Great dinner.

We’re supposed to have rain tomorrow. So far, we’ve had at least some rain every single day . . .

Posted by Beausoleil 12:43 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged castles uk cumbria sizergh

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Looks very impressive. Very clear and detailed interior shots. Happy travels.

by irenevt

Sizergh Castle looks great - I too always love the library in these places. A shame about the rain when you had such a pretty garden to explore :)

by ToonSarah

Great pages - I have enjoyed your tour. My sister who has lived in the US for over 60 years told me a long time ago when I came across it in an American novel that Rutabaga is what we call swede. I love it - properly cooked it is full of flavour!

by ExRanger49

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