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Buscot House

Buscot Park, Faringdon SN7 8BU, England
+44 1367 240786
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Buscot Park is the home of the Henderson family and the present Lord Faringdon with his eldest son James and his wife Lucinda. They look after the property on behalf of the National Trust as well as the family collection of pictures, furniture, ceramics and objects d'art, known as the Faringdon Collection, which is displayed in the house. Built between 1780 and 1783 for a local landowner, Edward Loveden Townsend, the estate was purchased in 1889 by Lord Faringdon's great-grandfather, Alexander Henderson, a financier of exceptional skill and ability, who in 1916 was created the 1st Lord Faringdon. He greatly enlarged the house, commissioned Harold Peto to design the famous Italianate water garden, and laid the foundations of the Faringdon Collection. Among his many purchases were Rembrandt's portrait of 'Pieter Six', Rossetti's portrait of 'Pandora', and Burne-Jones's famous series, 'The Legend of the Briar Rose'. Among his many purchases, his grandson and heir, Gavin Henderson, added considerably to the collection, acquiring important furniture designed by Robert Adam and Thomas Hope, and was instrumental in returning the house to its late eighteenth century appearance. The family, together with their fellow Trustees, continue to add to the collection, to freshen its display, and to enliven the gardens and grounds.
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“walled garden” (31 reviews)
“burne jones” (22 reviews)
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Buscot Park, Faringdon SN7 8BU, England
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+44 1367 240786
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"tea room"
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"national trust"
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"cakes"
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"family home"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We pre-arranged a visit to see Buscot Park as it has limited opening times. The House is beatiful, lots of art collection with Rembrandt's, Van Dyke's nemes on them.The history of the house is very interesting. The Park, the garden ( designed by Peto) itself...More

Thank Gaby S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This house has classic lines, almost Palladian. Although in the care of the National Trust, it is managed on their behalf by the owner, Lord Faringdon. Because the family still live here, the actual rooms you can visit are quite limited. Those you can have...More

Thank Linton3193
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited Buscot House whilst staying in the area, be sure to look up the opening times as it’s limited to a few days a week & 2pm-6pm so check before going. There is plenty of free parking, although not owned by the National Trust...More

Thank Culvey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Somehow different to usual National Trust properties. Although a fairly large house, not many rooms to view.. Grounds are very nice with unusual features, like 17 terracotta army copies. Cafe is limited to tea and caked.

Thank John S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for the afternoon with my family and had an enjoyable 2-3 hours exploring the house and grounds. The parking is free and I paid £20.00 for my sister and I to tour the house. There is not a formal tour as such but...More

Thank MWGROVES99
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very personal interior which adds to the experience. Old Masters, sure, but practical touches abound. Very well kept and intiguing gardens which retain an informal yet classy feel - a surprise around every corner.

Thank David W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used our NT cards to visit this house although it is not strictly National Trust. The gardens are extensive and gorgeous with all the statues, avenues, lakes, walled areas, terracotta army, vistas etc. Really worth spending a bit of time wandering around. The house...More

Thank Dawn on holiday
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Buscot is not open every day Monday and Tuesday it is closed, and the rest of the time open from 2.00pm. My suggestion is arrive a little after 2.00pm as this time of year there can be a queue, but it does not detract from...More

Thank negativecamber
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really beautiful gardens, laid out in tranquil settings. The different avenues were so pretty, and the house was impressive too. The swing garden was cool, with wooden garden swing chairs to sit on. Much needed in the heat because they were in the shade! It...More

Thank lucymsmith9
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are lots of treasures to be found in Buscot House, sometimes behind a door, and sometimes almost hiding behind a curtain. But the place is all the better for this as you have to work to find the masterpieces... (The oddly numbered leaflets in...More

Thank Delius17
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