Levens Hall and Gardens
Kendal, South Lakes

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Levens Hall and Gardens in Kendal provide a spectacular sight for visitors, with imposing buildings and award winning gardens. The house is furnished in grand style with a vast collection of art works and fine furniture. The gardens are a delight and house a heady mix of flowers, trees and herbs as well as a bowling green and a fountain.

A majestic mansion built around a 13th Century pele tower is just the tip of the iceberg, the world famous, award winning gardens are a sight to behold.

The first dwelling at Levens was a medieval pele tower, built by the de Redman family of Yealand Redmayne. The Bellingham family, who were wealthy landowners, chose Levens as their main residence in the 1590s and incorporated the fortified tower into a gentleman's residence. They employed local craftsmen to carve the oak panelling, incorporated elaborate Italian plasterwork, including Elizabeth the First's coat of arms and stained glass - all of which can be seen today.

The historic house became the property of Colonel James Grahme in 1688 after his career at Court in the service of King James II. He brought with him a young French gardener, Guillaume Beaumont, a pupil of le Notre at Versailles, to plan a fashionable garden at Levens. This family home contains fine furniture, paintings, one of the best examples in Europe of Spanish leather wall coverings, the earliest English patchwork, Wellingtoniana, clocks and miniatures, and has become one of the finest stately homes in south Cumbria.

Historic Topiary Garden in South Cumbria.

A grade I listed garden dating from 1694 - through a combination of circumstance and love the gardens at Levens Hall have survived in their original design. The topiary is some of the oldest in the world and justifiably famous. The historic topiary garden also...

 

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Levens Hall and Gardens
Levens
Kendal
Cumbria
LA8 0PD
015395 60321
015395 60669
 

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