Oriental references are continued in the dining-area with’ a set of ten Indian water-colours, painted circa 1800, depicting the pietra dura decoration on the Taj Mahal. The Bauhaus mahogany dining-chairs were made almost a century later in HERONS BROOK COTTAGE, until three years ago the home of my cousin Miles Illingworth – now, sadly, the late – and his wife Jane, has no pretensions to romantic antiquity. Jane Illingworth tells its short life story: It was built early in the ’50s in the spreading grounds of the well-known Herons Brook House, a rambling old pile, now demolished, a mile from the Golden Gates’ of Ascot racecourse. Our cottage was built on the tennis court.’ Attracted on sight by its Capabilities’ – as the great Lancelot might have said – for a good garden, they bought it in 1972.
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