98. Sezincote House & Garden

Sezincote House, with its Indian style of architecture, was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.The temple to the sun god Surya at the top of the garden.Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amidst the Cotswold Hills a few miles from Moreton-in-Marsh.

Sezincote is mentioned in the Domesday Book and the independent parish of Sezincote was small but did have its own church, near to the present tennis court, until it was razed to the ground by Parliamentary troops during the English Civil War. 

Sezincote House was built in 1810 by Charles Cockerell, a Member of Parliament for Evesham, who had worked in India, assisted by his brother, the architect Samuel Pepys Cockerell, and Thomas Danielli, the great painter of Indian architectural scenery. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.

The Indian bridge, as seen through a beautiful part of the garden.The architecture is in the Mogul style of Rajasthan, with a central dome, minarets, peacock-tail windows, jail-work railings and pavilions.

The house is set within a romantic garden which reflects the Indian character of the house with the drive going over an Indian bridge with statues of bulls.

The garden's water features include a temple pool and canal. There are more formal gardens to the side of the house with elephant statues.
 
A new wildflower meadow has been established up the hill. Fine trees include copper beeches, cedars, limes and yews with many unusual shrubs. Many architectural items give the gardens a distinctive feel.

Sezincote House is open from May to September on Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 2.30pm. Admission (adults only) with a guided tour is £10 which includes admission to garden. Tea and cake is served in the Orangery when the house is open.

Sezincote Garden is open from January to November on Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 2pm-6pm. Admission is £5 for adults and £1.50 children.

More information

Sezincote House
near Moreton-in-Marsh
Gloucestershire
GL56 9AW
01386 700444  
www.sezincote.co.uk 
 
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