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Our first day started with torrential rain causing delays on the motorway  causing us to be late for our first garden of the four day garden visiting extravaganza that we were embarking on.  Due to the awful weather, the owners of The Moat House generously invited us into their home for morning tea and cake.  I think it rakes a real generosity of spirit to invite 38 soggy strangers into your home… Read More

I have wanted to visit Sezincote for some time now, I think I was drawn in by the Mogul influences of the house.  I have always had a fascination with the Raj having watched The Raj Quartet (written in the 1960s and 1970s) many years ago and read in-depth A Passage to India (1924) when studying for a degree in literature.  I used to be intrigued by the idea of the Raj… Read More

In the midst of the Herefordshire farmland there is a small but perfectly formed oasis – Westonbury Mill Water Gardens.  The 3 acre garden is made up of a complex system of streams surrounded by lush planting with the odd quirky building to distract you. This is not a garden of thought provoking design nor is it full of rare and unusual plants.  This is a garden of stillness, tranquility, water and… Read More