Sezincote House & Gardens
Gloucestershire GL56 9AW
And now for something completely different!
Sezincote House is an Indian fantasy set in that most English of UK countryside, the Cotswold Hills. This anachronistic but beautiful house and gardens is just 1.5 miles (2.5 km) from Moreton-in-Marsh.
The house is a notable example of Neo-Mughal architecture, a 19th century reinterpretation of 16th and 17th century Mughal Empire architecture. So excited was the Prince Regent when he visited Sezincote that he decided the Brighton Pavilion should be built in the same extravagant style.
Between 1556 and 1605 the Mughal Empire was ruled over by Emperor Akbar who "deliberately mixed Islamic and Hindu elements in architecture in an effort to culturally integrate" his kingdom. This type of architecture is best seen in the famous Indian Taj Mahal.
The Cockerell infatuation with India began in 1795 when Col. John Cockerell purchased the estate on his return to England from Bengal. After his death in 1798, his youngest brother, Charles Cockerell, inherited the property who then "employed another brother, Samuel Pepys Cockerell, to build him a house in the Indian manner."
Samuel was an architect and employed as the Surveyor to the British East India Company. Despite his title he never visited India and got all his ideas of 16th century Mughal architecture from drawings and engravings. He complied with his brother’s request and completed his design in 1805.
Georgian, Islamic and Persian Mughal mix
Sezincote is a superb mix of Georgian elegance fused with a romantic interpretation of the Islamic and Persian Mughal architecture of Northern India. It is built of local sandstone which was probably stained to emulate the red sandstone colour, typical in Mughal architecture. The traditional white marble used for the domes and minarets has been replaced with copper.
The windows are extra-large with an arch-shape at the top. The arch, however, is not a simple or typical design, but instead a shell-like fan that is evidence of the Mughal influence.
The interior design is more typical European style.
The landscape was designed by Humphrey Repton. It is essentially a Renaissance-style garden with elements of Hindu style, as seen in the crescent bridge with columns, water gardens and elephants guarding flights of steps.
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda.com here:
January to November: Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays14:00 – 18:00 hours
May to September: Thursdays, Fridays and Banks Holiday Mondays 14:30 – 17:30 hours
- House & Garden around £10
- Garden only around £5
Wheelchairs can access most areas of the house and garden. More complete information can be obtained by emailing Sezincote on the link below.
Tea & cakes served May to September.
Contact & Further Information
- By Car from London: From the M25 London ring road, exit at Junction 1A and take the M40 west. Exit the M40 at Junction 8 onto the A40 Oxford northern ring road exiting onto the A44 to Chipping Norton and Moreton-in-Marsh.
Continue west on the A44 for about 6 miles (9.5km). Follow signs to Sezincote House entrance.
The official website link above has a map and some additional Getting There information under 'How to Find Us'.
Google Map - Sezincote House and Gardens