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  Pele Tower, Sizergh Castle
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  • Pele Tower, Sizergh Castle - Cumbria
      Pele Tower, Sizergh Castle
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      Sizergh Castle
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  • Original pele tower and entrance at Sizergh Castle - Cumbria
      Original pele tower and entrance at Sizergh Castle
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On a beautiful late September day, we decided to visit Sizergh Castle, somewhere we had been meaning to visit for years, it being not far away from us. We ended up having a great day out.

Now in the capable hands of the National Trust, Sizergh Castle has been the home to the Strickland family for over 750 years, where they still reside today.

The castle began life as a Pele Tower in the 14thc., it's sixty foot height and nine foot thick walls built to defend the occupants from the invading Scots. The tower was added to in various stages, with the great Hall being built in 1450 and a mansion built around the tower,adding to the luxury.

Interior walls were decorated with intricately carved oak panels and within the original part of the house are five spectacularly carved overmantels, the best examples of such in this country.Different rooms have different types of wall panelling, the oldest being the linenfold oak panelling, so called because of it's "folded" linen look. In the Inlaid rooom, the best preserved room on display to the public, is the original state bed complete with it's carvings and covers. The ornate plaster ceiling is a work of art,if you look up there are various animals and figures depicted as well as numerous coats of arms. Unrecognised craftsmen created the ceiling, taking years to complete it.

The walls in here are incredible panelling inlaid with poplar and bog oak. The panelling and bed were sold to the Victoria and Albert museum but have been re-instated in the castle, with the panelling restored to it's former glory. Apparently it took craftsmen years to make this panelling, now it can be re-produced by machine in a matter of hours. A section of machine made panelling is on display in the entrance hall.

Beautiful English and French furniture, along with some impressive portraits, are found throughout the castle which is said to be the best fortified house in the whole of Cumbria. And justly so, I say. Magnificent.

Although the castle is extensive, major renovation work is taking place to the whole of one side. It makes you wonder what the place will be like when it is all open to the public.

Parking, toilets, gift shop, cafe, plant sales.

Non giftaid admission: £6.40 per adult for garden and house.

Be aware the castle and gardens are closed on Fridays and Saturdays, allowing the family a couple of days privacy.

No photography allowed inside the castle.

For tips on Sizergh's beautiful garden, read next tip.

Address: Sizergh, nr. Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8AE
Directions: Follow signs for Kendal on the A6. The turn for the castle is just after the turn for Sizergh. About three miles south of Kendal and three miles.

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  • Updated Jul 1, 2010
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