Nr Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire
Sezincote House is a remarkable place, even in an area with many wonderful gardens and houses.
The first impression is of an Anglo-India mash-up, with a coppered onion dome glimpsed through English oaks. The landscape, enhanced by views of a curved orangery is almost pure Repton and you sense immediately that this is a garden with a story to tell.
The house was built with East India Company money, designed by a member of the family in Rajasthani Moghul style. The garden is therefore enhanced by minarets and pavilions. The Prince Regent, who visited in 1807, was duly impressed and altered his plans for the Brighton Pavilion as a result. The house is also lauded in John Betjeman’s ‘Summoned by Bells’. Incidentally the house interiors are entirely English (with all of the Greco-Roman ancient world influences that that implies) in style.
All in all, a bit of a one off, and a magical place for a visit. Bear in mind the slightly limited opening hours - plan your visit carefully around Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays. No children and no dogs.
The Manor House in Moreton in Marsh, Cotswold House, Three Ways House and Charingworth Manor are each close to Sezincote. You can walk from the Manor House.
Sezincote House Moreton-in-Marsh