Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Sizergh Castle

The tower of Sizergh Castle in Cumbria can be seen as you walk through the topiary but lets take a walk around the lake to get a better view.
Although it has 'castle' in its name it is in fact a fortified mansion.  The tower on he left is the earliest part of the building being 14th century
but the house is Tudor ( a century later)

with the wings built around a central courtyard. 
Sizergh sits among 1,600 acres of pasture, orchards and woodlands and the house is surrounded by woods, kitchen garden, lakes, a limestone rock garden and flower garden but also the latest addition
a stumpery.  These features take their name from the stumps of trees and reclaimed wood that form a horticultural scaffolding where ferns, mosses and other shade loving plants are grown to look like a natural setting and of course they attract wildlife such as small mammals, beetles and birds.
When it matures and becomes an explosion of green it will be a must see attraction for the fern lover
but there is always lots to see through the lens for a photographer.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet this week sojourning at the letter S here



Hildred said...

Beautiful, - but what a lot of up-keep!!!

Leslie: said...

Are you allowed to go inside or is it private? It is a stunning piece of architecture and I'd love to swoop down those steps in a gorgeous gown! LOL

abcw team

Anonymous said...

i lo9ve that house. wish i could see it for real

Roger Owen Green said...

nice "little" place!

Melody Steenkamp said...

Looks wonderful and inviting... beautiful photo's too, thank you!

Melody (ABC-W-team)
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Joy said...

Nice pun Hildred.
Get that gown out Leslie because yes you can go and tour inside (one of its treasures is an oak paneled room); I believe the Strickland family still live there but the property is now part of the National Trust so is open to the public.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful historic post and great photos ~ lovely ~ thanks ~

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the castle and garden.

Ann said...

Stumpery and cool new word. Love the gardens.