Photo: MC Morgan

Visit the delightful Elizabethan manor house of Levens Hall in Cumbria. The historic house still stands on the grounds that have occupied since the 1300s. The first dwelling on this site was a pele tower built by the Redman family, it was later incorporated into the gentleman’s residence of the Bellingham family in the 1590s.

Inside the house is a chance to see a fine array of furniture, paintings and one of the best examples of Spanish leather wall hangings. You can admire early English patchwork, Wellingtoniana, clocks and miatures. With the spectacular oak panelling, Italian plasterwork and original stained glass, Levens Hall is complemented by a historic topiary garden dating back to 1694. The home is now considered to be one of the finest in Cumbria, and is open for the public to view. As with many houses of this age, Levens Hall is reportedly haunted by a black dog that lurks on the staircase, and a mysterious lady in pink.

One of the oldest in the world, the topiary at Levens Hall is impressive, maintaining its original design from the partnership of Colonel James Grahame and his gardener Guilaume Beaumont. Wander through the orchard and the herb garden, or take a seat in the fountain garden as you soak up the sights, sounds and smell of this wonderful garden.

 

Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD
Tel: +44 (0)15395 60321
Times: In-Season, 10am – 4.30pm