Sezincote House near Moreton-In-Marsh is one of my favorite Cotswolds gardens. It's a unique and exquisitely peaceful place with a Moghul style that's completely unexpected in the English countryside.
Sezincote is a family home and working estate and definitely off the tourist trail. You will rarely see anyone other visitor on the estate. We had a lovely guided tour through the house. As this is a family home, we did not take photos inside but you can see from the outside just how beautiful and extraordinary this estate is!
The architecture is unique in how it merges Hindu & Muslim details. The domes on the house are characteristic of Muslim architecture representing heart and heaven - a symbol of peace and tranquility. The Brahmin bulls on the bridge and by the temple are Nandi-"the happy ones" and Shiva's favorite. The Temple at the pond is another Hindu detail and celebrates Surya, the sun god: a relatively minor god who is prayed to in order to stimulate the intellect of the worshippers .. wow I love this idea!! Sezincote was completed in 1807. Owner, Charles Cockerell commissioned his brother, architect Samuel Pepys Cockerell to design and build the house. The Cockerell family had spent time in India working for the East India Company, hence their fascination with this style of architecture.
If you've been to Brighton Beach in Sussex & seen the Brighton Pavilion you'll be thinking it looks very similar & you're right! Sezincote inspired the Pavilion's Indian design!
Sezincote is a must see Cotswolds garden-spectacular in summer bloom and will take your breath away in autumn with the foliage color! ***information here from the booklet 'Sezincote' by Edward Peake.