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“Fantastic Gardens”
Review of Levens Hall

Levens Hall
Ranked #1 of 46 things to do in Kendal
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Levens Hall is an Elizabethan historic house and garden, located at the entrance to the Lake District in the county of Cumbria.
Reviewed August 21, 2013

It was a bit rainy, but still able to enjoy the gardens. Well worth the money. Trees and gardens remind me of Alice in Wonderland landscape. The house was well run. The restaurant on site provided very good food.

Thank Mark P
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Not to miss when in the Lakes - both house and garden are wonderful. Unspoilt garden from 1692 so rare topiary and house an elizabethen gem with a fascinating history.

Thank susieibbo
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We tend to just go round the gardens when we go there and they are lovely, lots of gorgeous flower beds, vegetable beds, ornamental pond and childrens playground. You can spend hours exploring all the nooks and crannys then finish up in their great cafe, a lovely afternoon out all in all. Strange opening times though, not open on Saturdays I believe???

Thank sarahjacey c
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rbagot12, Owner at Levens Hall, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thank you for your review of Levens Hall. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit and that you will come and visit us again sometime soon.

I am afraid that we found your last comment slightly misleading as you will probably find that most (if not all) privately owned historic houses in the Lake District are closed on Saturdays (Muncaster, Hutton in the Forest, Leighton Hall, Holker Hall....even Sizergh Castle, which is National Trust). This is due to the fact that owners try to reserve one day of the weekend to spend time with their families. Owning a property like Levens is very hard work and hands on, therefore the owners need to enjoy a day of the week when their children aren't at school. Most country houses that aren't of the size of Chatsworth or Caslte Howard try to maintain this.

Kindest regards

Richard Bagot (richard@levenshall.co.uk)

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Stunning gardens.

Fabulous house with a real lived in feel.

Some magnificent furniture.

Wonderful clocks.

All lovingly cared for.

Do not miss it!!!

1  Thank AUSTIN l
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

What a fabulous day out! There is so much to do at Leven’s Hall, you could very easily spend a whole day here.

We started our day with a quick look at the steam engines – the smaller one was out and running, giving little rides for children and families. I wasn’t expecting steam engines, so that was a lovely surprise!

The gardens are absolutely spectacular (and this coming from someone who has never been a huge fan of gardens). The topiary has to be seen to be believed, and the gardens are so extensive that you could probably spend half a day just wandering around them. There’s even a willow maze for children.

The house itself was, unfortunately, a bit of a let down – but I admit that this is probably just a case of personal taste. I prefer stately homes that appear more ‘realistic’; I am not such a fan of rooms full of display cases, making it feel more like a museum. Levens Hall are doing a special exhibit this year, to do with their links to the royalty, which further accentuated the ‘museum’ feel.

We also had lunch at the café, and whilst the food was very good when it came, the queue was ridiculous. There was one girl taking orders, and with the number of people there this just wasn’t enough staff out front. It took a good 15/20 minutes from joining the queue to actually ordering food.

The shop is lovely, full of interesting and unusual gifts, rather than the standard tourist fare in every giftshop in the country. And the hens wandering around the gardens and car park were just the icing on the cake!

Thank Katherine F
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