Saturday, 2 April 2016

Sizergh, castle gardens

Happy April everyone! I hope the weather is being good to you. Sizergh is a place I've longed to visit again for a while. Look at this lucky little garden cat communing with the flower beds!
Oh, to live here, as a cat! It must love it with all of the space, wild creatures and visitors giving it attention. I put off coming here through the winter, as many sections of the gardens would have been closed off to visitors, especially due to the great floods we had back in December.

The grounds are very romantic and peaceful with the great lily pond filled with koi fish, a kitchen garden, a topiary/Dutch garden and much more, all framing the castle with its traditional turrets. There is very much a Victorian feeling about it with the new fern garden feature being built and this rock garden reminds me of Ophelia's story with all of the ponds, brooks and water features running together. Sadly it was a little early to see the plants in full bloom but I would love to go back come rose season and bask in their sweet smelling fragrance.

It reminds me of the setting to Sir John Everett Millais' Ophelia and its inspired passage:
"There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook"

"Her clothes spread wide,
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up;
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes...
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay" - Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act IV

Bless'd little mog in his fruit groves! An unusual feature in the gardens is that, instead of the usual string/twine, willow branches and saplings have been used in the kitchen garden to tie up the runner bean poles and woven in to fences for decoration.

The daffodils, at the height of their bloom, took centre stage for our visit, overlooking the lake below. This little seat on the hill, below, is so sweet! You get a perfect view of the lake and daffodils, and this is also known as the wild flower bank, that will bloom all different colours come summer. At the moment it contains the purest, prettiest whites and yellows. We were entertained by the visit of a curious chicken, who had escaped from its pen nearby!

Next to this is a little lunch area with picnic tables, joined on to the orchard, with its beehives and little hen keep. I will definitely keep posting pictures of our little trip at a later date, as I cannot fit them all below! I would love to arrange to spend the whole day here come summer, when perhaps the lake will be open, as will the Dutch garden - with all of the flowers in bloom!

Thank you so much for your comments, I really appreciate them!! It's so kind leaving me something to read and they really make my day  I have been a little behind on replies lately but I will catch up and visit back as soon as I can. What have you been up to lately?


  1. Ah your photos are beautiful! I've not been to Sizergh for years but you're making me really want to visit again soon :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

    1. Awww thanks so much Jess! I hadn't been for so long either, I remember it being covered in Virginia creeper last time, it looked so beautiful :D I will wait for the flowers to do it justice and then take photographs everywhere haha! ♡

  2. Lovely post and photos have a great weekend

  3. These photos are just stunning, and I love the Ophelia mention. Great post!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  4. I didn't know about Sizergh, it looks like heaven on earth! Honestly, nothing makes me happier than a beautiful, green and sunny garden with a castle around. I love Millais' Ophelia, it is a gorgeous painting and I can definitely feel why you made the connexion with the place. These photos scream 'spring', I love it! :D

    Julia x
    Last post: Easy Manicures for Spring!

  5. Looks wonderful! You've taken some beautiful photos xo

  6. Such beautiful photos! Loving the cat one's! x

    Xtina G Says..

  7. What a wonderfully beautiful place to visit !I Love the daffodils , they're my favourite flowers because of how bright and cheerful they are :) I'd love to be a cat hehe but then I just love cats in general, my girlfriend has kittens and they're addorable :) Lately I've been going down to a river she likes a paddling but it's been so lovely :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

  8. This is so beautiful and peaceful! I'd love to go there :)

  9. All of your photos are beautiful! I would love to go there ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

  10. looks like a beautiful place and your photos are so lovely!

    danielle | avec danielle

  11. This is so gorgeous, dreamy, and romantic! Honestly I would be in heaven there! It seems like a place full of interesting stories of things which have happened, so intruiging! Brilliant photography, what camera do you use? I'm interested in buying one. Have a nice day!! xxx (check out my recent?)

  12. Thanks for the comment <3
    WOW amazing!

  13. these photos look so pretty!

  14. Had never seen this place before, but it looks amazing!! What a wonderful time out :) Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog, I like your's too :) Am following you on Bloglovin, if you want to follow me back :) Have a great day. Kizzy x The Dainty Dolls House

  15. Ugh I love places like this, it looks so dreamy! xx

  16. Beautiful pictures my dear! <3

    xx Josephin

  17. OMG the pictures are lovely! This place looks amazing, now following via GFC and Instagram (@brendaabc)! Stay in touch (:

    Live. Laugh. Love & Make Up

  18. Wow what beautiful gardens! Loving the cute kitty!

  19. that cat is adorable!!!

  20. This looks like an absolutely gorgeous place and has very much made me feel like spring is here :) x

  21. So cute!

  22. What a beautiful place and an adorable cat! Love the look and feel of your blog!

    Just followed you on Bloglovin' and Instagram :)

  23. Oh my goodness, Sizergh is beautiful! I need to get my butt here ASAP!
    I'm absolutely loving these pictures!



  24. All of these pictures are amazing dear. I got your comment at my blog. Following you on Bloglovin, Instagram and twitter. hopefully you will follow back :)

  25. aw.. it seems like a really lovely place. Thanks for sharing! :)

  26. This is such an amazing batch of photos! Looks like a magical place


  27. What a beautiful place, it's like something out of a picturesque fairytale! I love the image of the cat curling up in the flowerbed :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  28. I've never heard of SIzergh but it looks so beautiful! I can definitely see the connection between it and Ophelia aka one of my favorite paintings :)

    Oh also I followed you on bloglovin' :)


  29. Looks very lovely! !!

  30. What gorgeous photographs. Cumbria is somewhere I spend a lot of time and I'm a NT member but I've never visited Sizergh Castle. It's definitely on the list now.
    Thanks for popping by my blog too :) I wasn't able to reply to your comment on there for some reason but appreciated it :)
    Tori x | 30 Plus and Beautiful

  31. That is such a beautiful place. Your blog is so pretty too.
    How about we follow each other on bloglovin'? Follow me and I'll follow you back.

  32. Looks like such a beautiful place! Would love to visit someday! Loved the way you made this post, with photos to show for every segment of text makes it like a story to follow! Lovely photos as well! xx

    Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

  33. This looks like such a beautiful place to walk in Spring. - Amy

  34. I love your blog, especially the photos of the lovely black cat :-) Angharad x

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