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Sizergh Castle, which is a castle, stately home and garden in Sizergh, Cumbria, is situated approximately four miles south of Kendal in The Lakes. Originally the Deincourt family owned this land. However, in 1239 upon the marriage of Elizabeth Deincourt to Sir William Stirkeland this land was passed to what has now become known as the Strickland family. The Strickland family, who still live on the estate, gifted the whole estate to the National Trust in 1950.
At the heart of this striking medieval castle is a 14th century pele tower, which is surrounded by a Tudor House. This, which was extended in Elizabethan times, has oak panelled interiors includes the Inlaid Chamber and furnished with period furniture and panelling which is inlaid with poplar and oak. The great hall was again expanded around 1770 in the Georgian style. The contents of the Inlaid Chamber, including the panelling, had been sold to the Victoria and Albert Museum. However, during the latter part of the 20th century, the Victoria and Albert Museum started to loan back the panelling in stages and by 1999 the entirety of the panelling was restored under a long-term loan.
The estate, which covers approximately 1600 acres, dates from 1336 when a grant from Edward III permitted Sir Walter Strickland to surround the land around Sizergh Castle as his exclusive garden/park. This garden, which includes ponds, lake, wild flowers and water gardens, has the largest limestone rock garden belonging to the National Trust as well as the National Collection of hardy ferns.
Sizergh Castle and Garden, which is steeped in history and has many beautiful paintings on display, has something to offer the whole family. Here you will find guided tours, walks around the estate, a Children's Garden Treasure Hunt, café, shop and events. A guidebook can be purchased from the National Trust's website before your visit - this will enable you to plan your visit. It would, however, be advisable to check the National Trust's website for opening times and events before your visit.
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