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.

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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.

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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”

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“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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

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    Jess | The Indigo Hours
    April 3, 2016 / 12:19 am

    Ah your photos are beautiful! I've not been to Sizergh for years but you're making me really want to visit again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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      elizabeth
      April 7, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      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 ๐Ÿ˜€ I will wait for the flowers to do it justice and then take photographs everywhere haha! โ™ก

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    Anonymous
    April 3, 2016 / 1:41 am

    Lovely post and photos have a great weekend
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      elizabeth
      April 7, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Thanks so much Kerona, you too! โ™ก

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    Amber Baker
    April 3, 2016 / 4:55 am

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

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

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    Julia
    April 3, 2016 / 11:26 am

    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Julia x
    Last post: Easy Manicures for Spring!
    juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr/2016/04/easy-spring-manicures-with-born-pretty.html

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    Emsi Rose
    April 3, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    Looks wonderful! You've taken some beautiful photos xo

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    Christina Marie
    April 3, 2016 / 5:19 pm

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

    Xtina G Says..

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    DontBurstMyBubble
    April 3, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    What a wonderfully beautiful place to visit !I Love the daffodils , they're my favourite flowers because of how bright and cheerful they are ๐Ÿ™‚ I'd love to be a cat hehe but then I just love cats in general, my girlfriend has kittens and they're addorable ๐Ÿ™‚ Lately I've been going down to a river she likes a paddling but it's been so lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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    blossomikebana
    April 3, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    This is so beautiful and peaceful! I'd love to go there ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Amy
    April 3, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    All of your photos are beautiful! I would love to go there โ™ฅ
    Amy xx

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    Danielle
    April 4, 2016 / 7:01 pm

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

    danielle | avec danielle

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    Rosie
    April 5, 2016 / 4:31 am

    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
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    Unknown
    April 5, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Thanks for the comment <3
    WOW amazing!

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    Ella Victoria
    April 5, 2016 / 11:09 am

    these photos look so pretty!

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    The Dainty Dolls House
    April 5, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    Had never seen this place before, but it looks amazing!! What a wonderful time out ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog, I like your's too ๐Ÿ™‚ Am following you on Bloglovin, if you want to follow me back ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day. Kizzy x The Dainty Dolls House

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    Unknown
    April 5, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    Ugh I love places like this, it looks so dreamy! xx
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    Josephin
    April 5, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Beautiful pictures my dear! <3

    xx Josephin
    Tensia

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    Brenda Brooks
    April 5, 2016 / 4:55 pm

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

    xo,
    Live. Laugh. Love & Make Up

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    Ambar Syed
    April 5, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Looks so beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚
    – Ambar | Her Little Loves

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    Shannon Jenkins
    April 5, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Wow what beautiful gardens! Loving the cute kitty!

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    Amanda Wang
    April 5, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    that cat is adorable!!!

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    Beauty Box
    April 5, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    This looks like an absolutely gorgeous place and has very much made me feel like spring is here ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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    Ana Castilho
    April 5, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    So cute!
    Xoxo
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    Unknown
    April 6, 2016 / 1:48 am

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

    Just followed you on Bloglovin' and Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anjelique
    April 6, 2016 / 2:07 am

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

    X

    Anjelique

    anjelique.com.au

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    Ambi
    April 6, 2016 / 5:23 am

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Alk
    April 6, 2016 / 9:48 am

    aw.. it seems like a really lovely place. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Quinn
    April 6, 2016 / 11:37 am

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

    xx qustomquinns.com/blog

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    Gabrielle
    April 6, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

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    Unknown
    April 6, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh also I followed you on bloglovin' ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mili

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    Unknown
    April 6, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Looks very lovely! !!

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    Unknown
    April 6, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I wasn't able to reply to your comment on there for some reason but appreciated it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Tori x | 30 Plus and Beautiful

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    Unknown
    April 7, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    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.
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    Unknown
    April 7, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    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 โŽฎ Always a Dot

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    Anonymous
    April 8, 2016 / 10:24 am

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

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk – Amy

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    Angharad
    April 16, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I love your blog, especially the photos of the lovely black cat ๐Ÿ™‚ Angharad x
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    Jodetopia
    April 24, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    This is so picturesque!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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