Our party of 34 members and guests enjoyed a fascinating tour of Sezincote, thanks to the very informative (and drily humorous) guide. For most of us it was our first ever visit to this unique Anglo-Indian house.
When he visited in 1807, shortly after its completion, the Prince Regent was inspired to insist that the designs for the Brighton Dome be changed from Chinese to Indian. From its Regency pomp, however, there was decline in the twentieth century and by the end of WW2 it was nearly derelict.
Bought by Sir Cyril and Lady Kleinwort, it was lovingly restored and furnished to its present glory and it remains in the family.
The rain held off long enough for us to walk through and appreciate the gardens, which had also suffered neglect during the war but have since been replanted and restored; they are simply gorgeous and stand comparison with those at Hidcote. We would love to see their colours in later autumn and in spring.
Our thanks to Dr Edward Peake and his staff for making us welcome.