Private View | Sezincote House
Tuesday 9 August 2011 - 14:00
A private visit to Sezincote, the house which was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion. In 1795, on his return from service with the East India Company in Bengal, Colonel John Cockerell purchased the estate from the 3rd Earl of Guildford. In 1810, under the supervision of his architect brother, S.P. Cockrell, the extraordinary house constructed in the Mogul style of Rajasthan was erected. The house boasts a mixture of Hindu and Islamic architectural elements with a central dome, minarets, peacock-tail windows, jali-work railings and pavillions. The house is set within picturesque gardens with pools, waterfalls, grottos, and a temple to the Hindu Sun God. Tea will be served in the curving Orangery, which frames the perimeter of the Persian Garden of Paradise with its fountains and canals. The exotic oriental water garden is the achievement of the landscape gardener and great painter of Indian architectural scenery, Humphrey Repton.