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Sezincote House and Gardens date from 1810 when they were created by Charles Cockerell. The architectural style is best seen in the famous Indian Taj Mahal. This Mughal style Indian architecture comes as somewhat of a surprise located in the British Cotswold Hills. The creator had previously worked in India before developing the estate in conjunction with his brother Samuel Pepys Cockerell an architect and Thomas Diniell, painter of Indian scenery. The landscaping was designed by Humphrey Repton.
The small grotto overlooking the water gardens.
There are three man made chambers that could be called grottoes within the gardens. The main one is at the head of an ornamental water garden where there is a lake. This main grotto complex comprises three ivy covered chambers, one of which leads to a dimly lit cave giving a view of mystic gods. The other two grottoes within the gardens are firstly a waterwheel chamber just below the main grotto lake and secondly, a small hillside chamber overlooking the valley which contains the extensive water gardens. This chamber comes with its own mystic spring flowing over a labyrinthine stone.
Sezincote House and the conservatory.
The waterwheel grotto interior and exterior.This astonishing house was visited early in the nineteenth century by the Prince Regent. No doubt his stay at Sezincote partly accounts for the prince's enthusiasm for the Indian style, which John Nash adopted for the remodelling of the prince's Royal Pavilion at Brighton in 1815.
THE MAIN GROTTO
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GREAT BRITISH GROTTO GRADING
No Children, On private property, Open set times only
Entry Fee, Grottoes - more than one, Weddings venue
Park or Garden, Rural
England - Central
THE FEATURES PRESENT
+A created provenance that links it to ancient mythology or legend, +Cared for and maintained in good condition, +Dark and mysterious chambers and cave like spaces, +External rock structures, either real or simulated, +Internal stonework that is natural, recycled or simulated to give a subterranean decor, +Sacred spring or integral water feature, +Stunning setting and location, GRADED SEVEN