RedReview: Sizergh Castle

I’m half Cumbrian on my father’s side, so I have a particular fondness for Cumbria especially the Western Coast of Cumbria where my family come from and I spent many childhood holidays. I don’t think I appreciated how lucky I was, when I was younger, to be in such a beautiful place and do such adventurous things. Now I’m older and wiser, I can’t remember half the adventures we had but we make new memories every day.

On a recent holiday to the area, we happened to create a gap in our schedule. So I was tasked with finding a suitable activity. Naturally I went straight to a well used tea towel which showed the Country Houses of Cumbria. I love country houses but as child we only really went to Muncaster Castle in Cumbria as it was the closest and has an awesome bird of prey centre. The only thing I love more than birds of prey are country houses. I was sorely tempted to go back to Muncaster but I decided to try something a little different. I worked through the list of Country Houses, my first two choices Holker Hall and Hutton in the Forest weren’t open but then I came across one I’d never heard of, Sizergh Castle. Sizergh Castle is about 4 miles south of Kendal. It is part of the National Trust, so as members we got in for free. It has an excellent coffee shop and facilities for disabled people.

Sizergh is home to the Strickland family, who were Jacobites and went into exile with James II but somehow retained their family home. It has an impressive collection of Stuart family portraits. As per usual I was taking to the guides about the history of the house and its residents, who were most helpful as always in providing those little extra details about the furniture and the family. The house itself was amazing, retaining many of its medieval castle features. I loved the mixture of stone, ironwork, stain glass windows and wooden panelling.

We spent about half a day there and it was just the right amount of time to comfortably look around and fitted the gap in our schedule perfectly.