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Sezincote House & Garden
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Please note: there are a limited number of days when open and only by guided tour.
This is a very different building with its Indian features outside. The green dome and the orangery are delightful features. the rooms inside are typical of many other large houses open to the public. Notable exceptions are the flying staircase - the only one which can be seen by the public in the UK and some of the decoration, particularly in the main guest bedroom. There is also some interesting lighting.
The gardens are delightful with a number of water features and beautiful mature trees and bushes.
Noteworthy is that it is a long steep walk from the car park down to the house (there is a drop off place for those with mobility issues) and entry must be by cash payment.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

For sure the gardens are well maintained but so much is missing from such a property, a house of this period would have likely had a large kitchen garden to supply the house with fruit, vegetables and flowers alas nothing here. Gardens mainly are lawns and trees almost a total lack of flowers, no show of colour even in the more formal Persian garden.

Orangery not exploited to its full potential, afternoon teas were limited.

House tour OK, very knowledgeable guide, but such a disappointment that although the exterior is in an Indian style the interior is English and not really outstanding in any architectural way, only one or two good features.

Somewhat underwhelming on the inside, so much more could have been made of the gardens.

1  Thank Chrste
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

We visited recently. The House and gardens are only open on a few days each week and on Bank Holidays, so check before visiting. Good parking including for the less able. A nice welcome at the entrance. We did not visit the House (which, at least from the exterior is beautiful).

The gardens are splendid -- beautifully laid out and clearly well (and knowledgeably) maintained. There are rills and pools fed (we learned) from the Evenlode. On a warm summer's afternoon the sight and sound were refreshing. The mature trees include several beautiful cedar, a weeping hornbeam and a perfect oak.

Paths are loose gravel but manageable for those with limited mobility and we saw several visitors using scooters.

Nearer to the House there are formal gardens and a wonderful Orangery in which afternoon tea is available from pleasant staff. My wife (a connoisseur) reckons it is the best afternoon tea we have had in a long while -- I agree. If their gluten-free clementine cake is on offer, do try it! Sensational. The only (potential) drawback for visitors with limited mobility is that entrance to the Orangery is via steps -- but there are good and rather nicely made handrails.

We shall visit again!

Thank Sardonicus48
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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

This site is only often at restricted times as the family still lives there. There is a very enthusiastic guided tour which really brings the place to life. The mixture of Palladian and Indian with 20th century restoration is quite unique. Very good value cream tea and nice home made cakes.

1  Thank PDSK13
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Compared with National Trust properties this privately owned house and gardens is probably not widely known, and because of restricted opening times, not visited so much.
However certainly worth the effort to find amongst the beautiful duvet of countryside. The house was not quite as Indian as I was expecting; the gardens are a delight. The curved Orangery particularly lovely and the fragrance of the interior planting a wonderful condiment to the delicious teas.
The staff on the gate could be a little more user friendly but the guide to the house was cheerful and knowledgeable. Oh to be there during the time of John Betjeman !

Thank Brian Charles
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