Siz­ergh One fit­sall

Lancashire Life - - SOCIETY -

Staff and vol­un­teers give an in­sider’s view of what makes Siz­ergh Cas­tle spe­cial

Fam­ily homes don’t get much more im­pres­sive than Siz­ergh Cas­tle and that may go some way to ex­plain­ing why the Strick­land fam­ily have lived there for more than 800 years.

The me­dieval house, which stands a few miles south of Ken­dal on the A591, was based on an im­pres­sive 14th cen­tury pele tower. It con­tains some of

the finest El­iz­a­bethan carved over­man­tels in the coun­try as well as a col­lec­tion of English and French fur­ni­ture and fam­ily por­traits.

The house and its 648 hectare es­tate were gifted to the Na­tional Trust in 1950 the fam­ily now share it with more than 200,000 vis­i­tors each year.

There are now about 80 staff and 230 vol­un­teers at the house and Sam Sharples, a ranger who has been with the con­ser­va­tion char­ity for eight years says: ‘Siz­ergh has lots of won­der­ful walks, es­pe­cially for fam­i­lies, where you can get up high with­out climb­ing a moun­tain – and that’s un­usual for the Lake District.

‘You can join a vol­un­teer led walk or set off and ex­plore. A one and half mile walk to Hels­ing­ton

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