Ightham Mote, meanwhile, is a wonderful example of a small medieval moated manor house, located within a peaceful garden surrounded by woodland.
In these and other fine gardens we explore the initial influence of Italian formalism, 18th-century reactions against formal Italian and French modes by English landscape gardeners, the reversion to more formal styles in the second half of the 19th century, and the personal influences of that century’s famous garden designers.
Sezincote’s extraordinary eccentricities include a temple, not to any Grecian deity, but to the Hindu goddess Souriya; garden sculptures include a bronze serpent and Brahmin bulls, whilst minarets top the conservatory.
Midday we travel to the northern Cotswolds town of Moreton-in-Marsh, where there will be time at leisure for lunch and to explore the high street, which has many elegant 18th-century inns and houses, including the Redesdale Market Hall.
Pashka, Russia This pyramid-shaped dessert made from cheese is traditionally served at Easter in Russia.
The gardens had become overgrown and neglected when Richard and Monique Paice acquired them in 1983.(Overnight Oxford) D Today we drive into the Cotswolds to visit two magnificent gardens located near the village of Moreton-in-Marsh.Our first visit is to Sezincote Manor, where an exotic oriental garden was created to complement the architect S. Cockerell’s fascinating 19th-century Regency house, which he designed in an Indian, Mogul style; Sezincote served as the inspiration for George IV’s Brighton Pavilion.They recently featured in the RHS publication on BBC 2.Mid-morning we make the short drive to Doughton village, where Highgrove House, the country home of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, is located.The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in opening hours, flight schedules and confirmation of private visits.Participants will receive a final itinerary together with their tour documents prior to departure.Our day concludes with a drive through the picturesque Cotswolds, including a short stop at the village of Stow-on-the-Wold.Stow-on-the-Wold was an important medieval market town and is now a centre for English antiques.For the last 25 years the gardens and surrounding land have been managed to the organic and sustainable principles that His Royal Highness has for so long championed.” After lunch and our 2-hour guided tour of the gardens, we return to Oxford, where the evening is at leisure.(Overnight Oxford) BL Today we travel first to Chipping Campden and the delightful National Trust property, Hidcote Manor.