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Levens Hall, Kendal

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4.6/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
Levens Hall is a manor house in the Kent valley, near Kendal, Cumbria, Northern England.HistoryThe first house on the site was a pele tower built by the Redman family in around 1350. Much of the present building dates from the Elizabethan era, when the Bellingham family extended the house. The Bellinghams, who were responsible for the fine panelling and plasterwork in the main rooms, sold the house and estate in 1689 to Colonel James Grahme, or Graham, Keeper of the Privy Purse to King James II, who made a number of additions to the house in the late 17th century. His son Henry Graham was a knight of the shire for Westmorland.Further additions were made in the early 19th century.Levens is now owned by the Bagot family and is open to the public. The small collection of steam road vehicles includes several traction engines which are usually steamed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.Supernatural activityLevens Hall was reportedly haunted by a Grey Lady and people have claimed to have seen the ghost of a black dog who inhabits the stairs and an amicable lady in pink.topiary garden.topiary]
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  • Levens Hall is definately really unique place to visit - it´s world oldest topiary garden with amazing topiary and also the house is full of history! 
  • A place for peaceful contemplation. Few visitors when we attended A mobility scooter available for hire 
  • Staff are so helpful. A few of the volunteers took time to assist my disabled elderly mother and explain the history of the house to her while I went into the upstairs rooms that she couldn't get to. ...  read more »
  • Just a lovely place👍
  • The topiary is fantastic, the borders are really well thought out planted with imagination. Even the veg borders are structural and ornate, almost a shame to eat them. There is something here for all types of gardener both to look at and get ideas from. This is my favourite garden and i have to say it is providing inspiration for my own patch. Chris Cowdry is a very approachable head gardener and quite happy to chat for a while about problems and how to overcome them and about his planting ideas; not a lot of heritage gardens offer that.Ok, so they have some box blight, but his germander replacements look good...and they flower in mid season. They look superb in my garden as well!
  • Excellent topiary and lovely 17th century gardens and even older house
  • The gardens are amazing and well worth a visit, although the box hedges are suffering from a virus which means they will need to be replaced. But it is a wonderful and intriguing place and is well worth a visit. The cafe is OK and other amenities (such as the small garden centre) are an interesting bonus.
  • Lovely place
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