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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 Comments (3)

September 19, 2018 — Kirkham Priory and Castle Howard

Bridge over the river Derwent near Kirkham Priory

Bridge over the river Derwent near Kirkham Priory

Weather prediction today was sunny until noon, heavy rain until 2:00 and then sunny with winds the rest of the day. I wanted good photos of the bridge by Kirkham Priory so when we woke to the promised sunshine, we quickly drove to the Priory for bridge pics. It was a short, pretty drive and I got my pictures. The Priory opened so we used our English Heritage membership to get in free. It was not crowded and we had it to ourselves. Bought a Priory guide with a map and explored. I got more bridge photos from inside the Priory.

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

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Entrance to Castle Howard

Entrance to Castle Howard

Got back in the car and made the short drive to Castle Howard. Our English Heritage membership got us a 6 GBP discount. We hopped the train to the castle and discovered the castle restaurant, the Fitzroy Room is cafeteria style so we hiked back up to the Courtyard Café at the entrance hoping they had something besides the advertised pork belly. Fortunately, they did. Ed got scampi and I got the Ploughman’s lunch of cheese, ham, pork, paté, a root vegetable crudité and a very spicy chutney with brown bread. It was excellent. Ed got orange spice cake for dessert and I got carrot cake that was quite spicy. We shared a large pot of tea . . . needed on a brutally windy day.

The  Stable Courtyard

The Stable Courtyard

Little Shuttle Train at Castle Howard

Little Shuttle Train at Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard


We caught the train back to the castle and entered. They turn you loose in the castle with docents in each room to answer questions.

It was very nice, well kept and impressive until we walked into the Great Hall. That was overwhelming. Your eyes go skyward three stories to a dome with a lantern, the curved top of which is painted in the classic style. The entire hall with frescoes, ornate balconies, gilded pillars and fireplaces is designed to impress and it does. After the Great Hall, you continue through the house/castle and as you look through the east windows, you see the Atlas Fountain in the garden. I took photos out of several windows and was glad I did because the promised rain soon started with a vengeance and the windows were covered. Later they turned the fountain off (at 3:00 PM) to save water so if I hadn’t taken the photos when I did, there would only be a very dry fountain in my pictures.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard - Fountain

Castle Howard - Fountain

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard - Brideshead Revisited

Castle Howard - Brideshead Revisited

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard


We continued through the magnificent castle and ended as usual, in the gift shop. The predicted sun had come out so we went out to the gardens, photographed a dry Atlas Fountain and then followed the beautiful Lime Walk to the Rose Garden that, even in mid-September was impressive. I spotted a cute cotton-tail rabbit nibbling grass and was trying to take pictures when a group of Chinese students first tried to walk in front of me which Ed managed to forestall and then clapped to scare the poor little rabbit who ran away. The students thought it was hilarious and I wished I could speak Chinese. Probably just as well I couldn’t or we would have had an international incident. Their mothers would have been mortified by their behavior.

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Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard - The Atlas Fountain (after they turned off the water)

Castle Howard - The Atlas Fountain (after they turned off the water)

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard, rabbit in the Walled Garden

Castle Howard, rabbit in the Walled Garden

We walked back to the Farm Shop and got bread and wine for our dinner and drove home. Our neighbors' patio furniture was blown over but ours survived. Winds are supposed to be worse tonight.

Posted by Beausoleil 15:52 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged gardens castles flowers roses priories kirkham_priory Comments (9)

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