Sezincote is completely unexpected. After pulling off the main road and driving along a narrow oak lined lane, out of the landscape pops an onion shaped dome. A pleasant surprise and quite a unique one in this part of the world – for this is England. You would be forgiven for thinking you had travelled thousands of miles away to the beautiful lands of India where this architecture wouldn’t look amiss. You certainly wouldn’t think you were in Gloucestershire, in the heart of the British countryside surrounded by idyllic honeycomb cottage villages for which the Cotswolds is famous for.
Sezincote House And Gardens
The Sezincote (pronounced Seas-in-coat) Estate was purchased by Colonel John Cockerell in 1975 after returning to England with a huge fortune he amassed through the East India Company. Unfortunately he died three years later and the estate passed into the hands of his younger brother, Charles. He then asked another brother, Samuel Pepys Cockerell who was an architect, to build him a house in the style of the Rajasthan Mogul’s. The magnificent Sezincote is what he came up with.
This stunning property dazzles all who lay eyes on it. It is even the inspiration behind Brighton Pavilion after the Prince Regent visited in 1807 and fell so much in love with the architecture that he changed his building plans. I can’t blame him, it truly is a beauty. The gardens don’t hold back either, complete with an impressive curved orangery, streams, fountains and temples.
How To Get To Sezincote
From Moreton-In-Marsh head towards Bourton-on-the-Hill along the A44. Sezincote isn’t widely known or publicised and as such is off the beaten tourist track and isn’t well signposted. You will need to keep your eyes open for the turnoff. Or like us, spot it and then need to turn around! Once down the drive you go past the house towards the free visitor parking. Anyone with mobility problems can drive straight to the gate, otherwise park in the free car park and walk back downhill to the house where you will first encounter the stunning stream gardens. I advise you to check their opening times as their hours are quite limited. The good thing about Sezincote being off the beaten tourist track is that it isn’t as busy as other places. On our visit we even had it completely to ourselves, not a single other visitor!
The Best Places To Stay Near Sezincote
Mousehole | Situated a short 20 minute drive away, this recently renovated cottage has an abundance of character. From just £65 per night, this beauty can sleep 4 and is ideally situated to explore more of the Cotswolds. If you haven’t used Airbnb before then make sure to follow this link and use my code to get £25 off your first booking! To check availability, or get more details on the property, click here.
Bells Cottage | If you fancy a thatched house, then this period property should tick all your boxes. Bell Cottage sleeps 4, is only a 23 minute drive from Sezincote and located close to the historic town of Tewkesbury which is well worth a visit if you are in the area! To check prices and availability, or get more details, click here.
Barnsley House Hotel | For those wanting a little more of a luxury stay at a country house. Complete with landscaped gardens, spa, private cinema and 18 large and luxurious bedrooms to choose from. Located in Cirencester, this hotel is only a 35 minute drive away from Sezincote. For more details and to check prices and availability please click here.
Find Sezincote At: Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9AW