Not far away from Moreton in the Marsh, in the beautiful Cotswold hills, lies an Indian House. While entering the garden, walking over the bridge with little animal sculptures on it's railing, you catch the first glimpses of the the green dome and minarets. They look very impressive from a distance. Once you get closer, you notice the intricate railings and large peacock trail windows. The architect Charles Cockerell did a good job, back in 1810.
Once you walk around the corner and see the orangery at the end of the Persian garden, you realise this must be Paradise. The Hindu Temple in the water gardens, with a statue of the goddess Souriya, is the perfect place to sit down and take in the beautiful scenery. But that's not all, the garden has much more to offer, like spring fed pools, a bit of woodland and green pastures with cows and wild flowers.
Do have tea in the orangery! It's really special. They have the most delicious home made cakes, for when you are in desperate need of 'something sweet'. I can advise you to go on a tour of the house as well. The rooms open to the public are worth a visit.
In 1960 John Betjeman, who used to visit, captured Sezincote's charm in a poem.
Down the drive,
Under the early yellow leaves of oaks;
One lodge is Tudor, one in Indian style.
The bridge, the waterfall, the Temple Pool
And there they burst upon us,
the onion domes, Chajjas and chattris, made of amber tone:
‘Home of the Oaks’, exotic Sezincote.”
If you would like to know more about the house and gardens, have a look at Sezincote's website.
Wish you all a happy weekend! I will spend part of it in the kitchen, preparing all kind of sweet delights for a special tea party tomorrow.