My wife and I had seen a programme on TV that featured Sizergh Castle, and decided that, on breaking our journey from Scotland to Devon, we should try to visit.
Being members of the National Trust, we have visited many of their properties and usually find them interesting and often impressive. Sizergh however was a disappointment to us. It is obviously an old, and still in places impressive, building, but we found it hard to get a coherent understanding of its history. It was, and still is, a family home and has been altered and adapted so much over time that it now seems a mish-mash of architectural styles and decor. We felt we hadn’t seen so much a castle as it was in the middle ages, as much as the home of people in 21st century.
The parts of the building that were old or original were interesting but there weren’t enough of them to give us the feeling that we had made a worthwhile stopover. It’s not often that we can say that after visiting a NT property, but for us at least that was unfortunately the case.