Today, in the afternoon, we visit a unique Mogal Indian Palace. The garden has been featured on 'Gardeners' World'.
Our first stop is at Bourton on the Water, where we can have lunch in one of the many cafés or 'hostelries'. Alternatively, a picnic by the River Windrush sounds idyllic. Whilst there it is possible to visit the model village, Bird Land or the Perfumery. We are spoilt for choice in possible activities here during our free time.
The afternoon will be spent at Sezincote. We will be dropped at the Garden gate to walk approximately 200 metres up a slope and over the Indian Bridge to the house. Only light vehicles can use the weak bridge. The exterior of the house is a mixture of Hindu and Muslim detail. It is believed that Sezincote is the only remaining Mogal building in Western Europe. However, the interior is Classical Greek Revival. The maximum number of people allowed in the house is 25, so we shall split into groups. The other group will visit the Gardens. The upstairs section of the house is inaccessible unless you can climb the stairs. There is a book of photographs of two of the upstairs rooms. The Gardens extend up and down the the hill so we require an hour to view them. All the garden can be seen from accessible viewpoints. The Thornery is beautiful all the year round, with its beautiful pools. The Orangery is available in case of rain. Opposite the Garden entrance is the Batsford Arboretum where there is a café and Garden Centre. The only way to appreciate this beautiful garden is to come and see it. We do hope you will join us but unfortunately it will not be suitable for our disabled members.
Westbury 0845am Milk Churn 0900am Chippenham 0925am
If you are joining at Chippenham and leaving your car in Morrison's car park, please write the (car) registration number on your application form.
Leader: Enid Baldwin 01249 721756 Cost: £30.00
Please book as soon as possible and by 6th August, if possible.
This tour is open to current NWWNTA or NT members. Preferably both!
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