From crossing the Indian Bridge topped by Brahmin bulls, Sezincote is a garden full of surprises.
From the Temple to the Indian goddess Surya, the stream meanders downstream to the Lower Thornery and Island Pool. On your journey, pause under the Bridge and exchange stares with the 3-headed cobra in the Snake Pool.
The house is a magnificent tribute to an architect who had never been to India. The orange-coloured stone is topped by a green onion while the Orangery curves away. The Persian or Paradise Garden with its canals and paths punctuated by yews, was created in 1964.
From here, the ground rises steeply to the wildflower meadow. Beyond are the Old Dairy and Head Gardener’s Cottage. Hidden in the trees is Dionysus Urn and a small Indian-style pavilion.
Don’t miss the beautifully decorated Tent Room. This was used as a bedroom by Sir Charles Cockerell.
The gardens were laid out by in 19th century with additions in the 20th. It is likely that Humphry Repton designed the Upper and Lower Thornery.
The gardens are usually open on Thursday and Friday afternoons, from January until November – check the website for details.
Please note, credit or debit cards are not accepted although this may have changed because of COVID-19.
Historic Houses members visit for free.