Wednesday 7 June Full day visit, coach travel, morning tea/coffee and lunch Upton Wold & Sezincote, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Members: £66.00 Guests: £70.00 Organiser: Leslie Shaw 01962 841592
This is a coach visit to two special and very different Cotswold gardens. An included light buffet lunch will be taken at an artisan cafe next to the highly acclaimed ‘life style’ shop at Lapstone. The coach will pick us up from Fareham, Winchester and Tot Hill Services on the A34.
|By kind permission of Mr & Mrs Ian Bond
Upton Wold is described as one of the great gardens of the Cotswolds and has featured in many newspapers and magazines. Set in a beautiful landscape, this hidden private garden has been created over 30 years, originally with the help of landscape architects Hal Moggridge and Brenda Colvin. The garden has commanding views with terraces and rooms that enhance vistas and provide interesting surprises round every corner. Herbaceous and shrub borders contain unusual plants, and there are some very fine and unusual trees including National Collections of Juglans and Pterocarya. A canal and fountain garden, rose garden, hornbeam allees, wildflower meadows and a pond garden also feature.
|By kind permission of Mrs David Peake
Sezincote is a rare example of Indian Picturesque architecture, designed by Samuel Pepys Cockerell and built in 1806. Its Mughal style dazzled all who came and, after his visit in 1807, inspired the Prince Regent to rethink the Royal Pavilion at Brighton. Humphrey Repton laid out the gardens nearer the house in a formal style, with a light sprinkling of Indian temples and fountains. Further off, a stream garden runs down to a lake below the house. In 1968 Graham Stuart Thomas was engaged by Sir Cyril and Lady Kleinwort, grandparents of the current owner, to advise on restoring the garden. The visit includes a tour of the house. The interior is purely classical – Greek Revival – and has not been Indianised, but it is nonetheless fascinating.
Upton Wold and Sezincote Programme
07.45 Depart 24 West Street, Fareham (by Cafe Tusk)
08.30 Depart St Catherine’s Park & Ride, Garnier Road, Winchester
09.00 Depart Tot Hill Services, A34
10.30 Arrive Upton Wold
14.00 Arrive Sezincote
16.00 Depart Sezincote
17.30 Arrive Tot Hill Services
18.00 Arrive St Catherine’s P & R, Winchester
19.00 Arrive West Street, Fareham
To appreciate fully both sites, a certain amount of walking on different levels will be necessary. As Sezincote is not open to the public on the day of our visit, there will be no refreshments available and you may care to take a flask of tea or coffee with you. There is a washroom.
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