Cotswolds Jewels: Cancelled

Cotswolds Jewels: Tuesday 19th May. In the company of our Blue Badge Guide, we explore beautiful landscapes and visit an Indian Palace on a Cotswold Hill. We begin in Moreton-in-Marsh at the head of the Evonlode Valley. This thriving market town has a 1000 year history going back to Saxon times. Then we’re off by coach to explore some very beautiful landscapes, taking in Stow-on-the-Wold, where the wind can indeed blow cold and Capability Brown’s dramatic Broadway Tower set on a beacon hill just off an ancient trading route. Broadway is the Jewel of the Cotswolds with an absolute chocolate box of a High Street lined with horse chestnut trees and a mixture of period houses and picturesque honey coloured stone cottages. There is a good choice of places to buy lunch and some great mooching to be had. Nothing quite prepares you for Sezincote. Winding through mighty oaks lining a long drive we see a weathered-copper onion dome straight out of India atop a beautiful house in the honey coloured stone of the Cotswolds. It was built for Samuel Pepys’ grandson – a Nabob of the East India Company. A curving orangery unfurls above a Repton landscape where gurgling water tumbles into the Island Pool in the valley bottom. Sezincote wowed the Prince Regent thus inspiring the Brighton Pavilion and it is now attracting lots of visitors having wowed viewers of BBC Gardeners’ World. You’ll be taken on a tour of the house (beautiful Regency interiors, lovely and light and not overly long – heavenly!) and have time to explore the gardens. Coach will depart Stevenage at 08.00. Price 49.00 per person


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