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Sezincote, a unique mansion in the Cotswolds

Sezincote in Gloucestershire is a one-of-a-kind and charming structure. A country house begun in 1805 with Cotswolds stone in a classic honey gold colour, but with much more in common with the Royal Pavillion of Brighton than the typical houses of this area. The house and gardens are open to the public at various times of the year; find out when you can go here.


As it stands on raised ground in a typical English landscaped park, a large Indian-style copper dome appears to float above its pavilion-like structure.

An elongated crescent orangery connects to a hexagonal pavilion on its west side; the lost east wing once led to a corresponding pavilion that housed a tent bed for the constr Uttore di Sezincote, Sir Charles Cockerell.

Samuel Pepys Cockerell designed and built the house in 1805. It is a notable example of Neo-Mughal architecture and a 19th century reinterpretation of Mughal Empire architecture from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The estate’s architecture can be described as a British interpretation of classic Mughal forms. Emperor Akbar, who ruled the empire from 1556 to 1605, purposefully incorporated Islamic and Hindu elements into the architecture in an effort to culturally integrate his kingdom. When the palace was built, British India was on its way to becoming the “crown jewel” of the world’s largest empire.

Humphry Repton designed the garden. It is primarily a Renaissance-style garden with Hindu elements, such as the half-moon bridge with columns. The interiors, on the other hand, are decidedly western.

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