An Indian style house (1810) with an eastern 'Hindu' garden. The project was inspired by Humphry Repton and led to his 1808 book Designs for the Pavilion at Brighton. Repton favoured the style partly for its novelty and partly because neither the Grecian nor the Gothic styles, then popular, were associated with palaces. Sezincote has a temple with a figure of the goddess Souriya, a bronze serpent, Brahmin bulls, a mushroom-shaped fountain, a conservatory with minarets and an unusual curved orangery. Graham Stuart Thomas advised on the planting design.
Thomas Daniell, famous as a painter of Indian scenery, designed the Indian Bridge and the Indian Temple. Repton is associated with the project but the only evidence for his professional involvement is some mention of Sezincote in his writing and a sketch for the South Garden. See Humphry Repton's comment on Sezincote.
We visited Sezincote yesterday - what a delight! Loved the house and the fabulous gardens. Tea &cake in the Orangery was delicious. However, the loos were, as a previous reviewer said 'a disgrace!'.
We enjoyed meeting younger Peake son, Theo - he will prove to be a great entrepreneur!!
Brilliant house and garden and well worth a visit. The toilets are unfortunately disgraceful.There are only two, situated 100 yards or so away from the house in a garden shed, and not easily wheelchair accessible. This is clearly inadequate even on a quiet day which it was when I visited.What a shame, and a poor facility considering the £10 entry charge.
As the house is undergoing some building works[May 2011] the Orangery was not in the best state of presentation, nevertheless the whole place is a fine example of romance and elegance in the landscape. The area of the stream from top to bottom is especially charming, well styled plantings and well maintained.
Sezincote is somewhere I had been meaning to visit for years!
the water garden is delightful with some lovely trees and shrubs.
There is a "canal" in front of the house and the house sets it all of superbly.
It rained steadily during my visit but my enjoyment was undampened.
Very fine cake in the tea room!
This is a really wonderful garden - quite different from any other you'll find here in the Cotswolds. The Mughal-inspired house design provided inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion and the gardens are inspirational in their own way, with a classic Canal garden in front of the house; and a water garden at the entrance. There are many fine trees here and a fine selection of water-loving plants. The garden looks good throughout the open season, and is particularly lovely in the autumn.
Do check opening times before visiting because hours are very restricted and despite Sezincote's proximity to Hidcote and Kiftsgate, it is NOT open on the same days.
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