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Posted:  Tuesday 11 July 2017

A visit to two Cotswold gardens for
South East Associates

- Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd June -

The Cotswolds have many fine gardens, Hidcote being one of the country’s most famous.  However for this short break twenty Associates visited two lesser-known but unusual properties, Sezincote and Snowshill Manor, both close to Moreton-in-Marsh, the nearest major town.  This proved a very successful visit, possibly reflecting the unusual and contrasting nature of the two properties.

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Sezincote, the first visit and on Thursday, was commissioned by Charles Cockerell as an Indian house designed in the Mogul style of Rajahstan complete with minarets, peacock-tail windows, jail-work railings and pavilions while the garden is a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals, the whole reminiscent of the Taj Mahal.

When the Prince Regent visited in 1807 he was so impressed that he changed his plans for the Royal Pavilion in Brighton!  Both the house and gardens are open to the public and we spent a very enjoyable afternoon exploring Sezincote, ending with tea and cake in the orangery café.

When the Prince Regent visited in 1807 he was so impressed that he changed his plans for the Royal Pavilion in Brighton!  Both the house and gardens are open to the public and we spent a very enjoyable afternoon exploring Sezincote, ending with tea and cake in the orangery café.

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On Friday our second visit was Snowshill Manor, a Cotswold manor house packed with extraordinary treasures collected over his lifetime by Mr Charles Wade and reflecting his passion for craftsmanship, colour and design.


“Let nothing perish”
was his motto,
and his life
was dedicated
to doing just that.

The collection
is highly eclectic
with many of the items
restored by Mr Wade himself.

From toys
to Samuri armour,
musical instruments
to fine clocks
furniture to clothing
- all are displayed
as he intended
– with low lighting
and few labels.

 

The garden, by comparison, is a place to unwind offering hidden vistas, quiet corners, a small model Cornish fishing village and the Priests House that was Charles Wades’ small and uncomplicated home.

There is also a short 3½ mile walk exploring the surrounding estate, which several of the Associates followed.

Chris White

(fd  29/06/2017)

(ph  11/07/2017)

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