30th April 2015
The drive to Scotland is a long one, so we break it up with a drive and stop off in the Lake District then an overnight stay just over the border. This time we visited Sizergh, a National Trust property in fantastic grounds. I stupidly left my camera in the car so can’t show the fabulous water gardens, lake or pond but can tell you that they are impressive and well worth a visit.
The castle has been owned by the Strickland family since the 1200s and has undergone many changes over the years. There are varying styles throughout the castle from renovations and additions, medieval, baroque and beyond. The main bedrooms and entertaining rooms have huge, ornate carved fireplace surrounds, cunningly dedicated to Elizabeth I who was a Protestant Queen. Useful if called upon when you are a Catholic Royalist supporting the wrong side for this ruling monarchy. Each room also has a basic yet decorative wooden beamed ceiling in different geometric patterns. The original castle has been extended so internal walls were once outer, super thick, protective walls. In order to add fireplaces, workmen had to spend weeks and months manually chiselling out feet of stone to create a chimney. It makes today’s labourers sound lazy.
There are a variety of gardens to visit also. A lake with attracted wildlife in a natural setting, a formal pond with swans and a fantastic water garden with lots of small pools interconnected between rocks and ferns. Sort of Japanese formal meets woodland stream. Definitely took a few tips for my garden.
Plenty to see in the house for little ones and lots of fun jumping across the pools and rocks outside.
Baby friendly info:
The house and gardens both have many stairs so a baby carrier is advisable.
The shop and cafe are step free, with highchairs and changing facilities.