It comes as somewhat of a surprise to see the blue onion domes and miniature minarets of Sezincote, a mellow stone house and garden tucked into a valley near Moreton-in-Marsh. Created in the early 19th century, Sezincote (pronounced see-zinct) was the vision of Sir Charles Cockerell, who made a fortune in the East India Company. He employed his architect brother, Samuel Pepys Cockerell, to "Indianize" the residence with Hindu and Muslim motifs. Note the peacock-tail arches surrounding the windows of the first floor. The exotic garden, Hindu temple folly, and Indian-style bridge were favorites of the future George IV, who was inspired to create that Xanadu of Brighton, the Royal Pavilion. If you come in spring, glorious aconites and snowdrops greet you. Note that children are allowed inside only at the owners' discretion.
- Address: Off A44, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AW
- Phone: 01386/700444
- Cost: House and grounds £10; grounds only, £5
- Hours: House May–Sept., Thurs., Fri., and national holiday Mon. 2:30–5:30; grounds Jan.–Nov., Thurs. and Fri. and national holiday Mon. 2–6 or dusk
- Website: www.sezincote.co.uk
- Location: Moreton-in-Marsh