First, it's a stunning property. The grounds and gardens are well planned, and the mansion reveals close attention to detail. A snapshot of the mind of the owner and (I would say) co-designer is revealed in the last stop of the tour, the extensive workshop. By the time the tour concluded, I could anticipate seeing this bastion of manliness, because the owner had thought so much about the other parts of the property. Our tour guide (David) described the owner Mr Steedman as a Renaissance man and as the tour progressed David revealed the many grand and small touches that Steedman brought to the place. It's a stunning tapestry of the man's genius, that the brilliant parts enhance the whole.
Our tour started in the gardens -- plural, because of the fashion to include surprise gardens, French gardens, rose, desert, forest, kitchen-and-cutting gardens, etc. The house had a Moorish southern Spain concept, well-integrated throughout and accented both with items brought from overseas and those made by Steedman. A special feature was the octagonal library that Steedman had built for his wife -- we lingered there for the longest time.
Our guide's enthusiasm and expertise made the tour extra special. Kudos to him.
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