Wednesday 11th August 2021
Sezincote and Batsford Arboretum
Sezincote is a family run estate in the Cotswolds. It is a 200-year-old home in the style of a Mogul Indian Palace. The mixture of Hindu and Muslin detail makes it a unique example of the architecture of Akbur. It is thought that Sezincote is the only Mogul building surviving in Western Europe. The interior is purely classical Greek revival.
The gardens are originally attributed to Thomas Dancell and are a beautiful mixture of mighty oaks, flower beds, water and statues. A later addition of the orangery unfurls above a Repton landscape that has remained unchanged since the mid 19th century.
Our afternoon visit is to Batsford Arboretum and wild garden. This is home to a unique collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and rare trees, shrubs and bamboos. It was created in the late 1800’s by Lord Redesdale, grandfather to the infamous Mitford sisters, and is heavily influenced by the far East.
Our day will begin with coffee at a charming café before a tour in two groups round Sezincote Palace and garden.
We will then have lunch in a country inn, The Horse and Groom. The visit will end with a free flow tour of the Arboretum with time for a look round the garden centre and a chance to buy your own refreshments before the journey home.
Tickets will be on sale at our June 2021 meetings.