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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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Buscot Park, Faringdon SN7 8BU, England
+44 1367 240786
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Have been a couple of times to the house and gardens and thoroughly enjoyed both visits. The house is smaller than most National Trust places I have been to, but all the same it was still a good viewing. I must say the gardens are...More

Thank Janet G
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We visited the house years ago on a very wet day and promised ourselves that we would return to see the garden which we have only some ten ish years later! So well worth the effort! I would say it is one of the most...More

Thank weekender79584
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

This house is a little different from other trust houses as the owners reside and maintain the property. The house is furnished and adorned in a more opulent way than the other NT properties and is well worth seeing. The grounds are absolutely wonderful and...More

Thank RW31950
Reviewed 17 September 2017

When we last visited Buscot it was miserable and did little to inspire.This time round,even though the house was cocooned in plastic,it was absolutely brilliant,admittedly helped by an exquisite summer's day. The gardens were unquestionably the highlight.A wealth of floral fragrance and and fruit trees...More

Thank Daydreamer43
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

I live locally & am quite ashamed to admit I'd never visited the gardens, so myself & my elderly parents paid a visit . At first I thought the £7 entrance fee to the gardens was quite a lot but after spending time in these...More

Thank lynn m
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this National Trust house. It is typical of a house that has been bought by an extremely rich person, built up into a fine house and sustained in the same style by subsequent generations. Not many outstanding paintings but...More

Thank ian j
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Visited the house and gardens on a beautiful sunny day. National trust information unclear reference opening times. We did not arrive until 2pm as stated on the website as the opening time, only to discover we could have accessed the lovely picnic area from 1pm....More

1  Thank Cheryl O
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

like coming here once a year to stroll through gardens and look at the paintings in the house. some nice drawings too and the work upstairs by F. Cuming is fabulous!

Thank witherspoony
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

lovely walk through the walled garden and looking at the various sculptures in the park. some nice traditional paintings in the house but also loved the work by F. Cuming upstairs and the ink drawings on the ground floor.

Thank witherspoony
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Didn't know much about the House and Gardens - but what a pure delight it is. Our guide was wonderful - knowledgeable, witty, charming - and the staff inside the House couldn't have been more helpful. As for the actual visit - I am almost...More

Thank Marilyn0909
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27 March 2015|
Response from Julie C | Property representative |
The family more than abide by the terms of the lease with the National Trust, the grounds already being open extra days. Depending on the Winter/Spring weather the daffodils and cherry blossom are quite often at there best... More