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Buscot House

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Address: Buscot Park, Faringdon SN7 8BU, England
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+44 1367 240786

Buscot Park is the home of the Henderson family and the present Lord...

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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Interesting collection, great parklands, nice house, approachable owner!

Spring visit whilst travelling through the country - not planned. House opens after lunch on Saturdays but the picnic area is accessible an hour before (and the loos!). Whilst... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spring visit whilst travelling through the country - not planned. House opens after lunch on Saturdays but the picnic area is accessible an hour before (and the loos!). Whilst scaffolding shrouds much of the facades the interior was open, and it's a great collection set out in occupied rooms - note the family photos of recent weddings etc. The usual... More 

Thank seeitonbusiness
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited last weekend and the weather was pretty grim! The house is shrouded in scaffolding and plastic hoarding, but you can still go inside. We didn't venture further than the gardens closest to the house but believe on a nicer day there are many interesting features to see in the vast grounds.

Thank jane53England
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amazing house, full of Fantastic antique furniture and paintings. Such an experience to see the work of famous artists within the setting of a family home. Beautiful well kept gardens to add to the experience. Have been many times and still do not tire of it, a lovely afternoon out.

Thank MimiBrad
Basingstoke, Hampshire,
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy to find off a fairly main road in picturesque countryside. The house was closed and undergoing renovations. However, the gardens were amazing. There was no tea room open, which would have been nice. Well worth a visit just for the gardens

Thank AndrewDeacon
Chippenham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited in the Easter holidays to explore the gardens, we did not make it into the house on this occasion. What a beautiful afternoon! So much to see and do, lots of hidey holes, things to discover and explore, that even my one year old walked most of it! The swinging garden and water gardens had to be our... More 

Thank Caroletrooper
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here as NT members and wanted to see the Faringdon Collection of Art etc Ongoing work on the roof at the moment but does not detract from the interiors especially the Burne Jones Briar Rose room - Great old masters and modern works to enjoy The gardens are gorgeous too with modern works and traditional statuary

Thank Michael C
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Buscot Park has to be one of the most peaceful places I have visited. Even when busy! There is just an air of peace around the grounds that is a great tonic to our busy and sometimes stressful lives. This was my second visit here. One drawback with Buscot Park is opening is not until 2 pm however, we arrived... More 

Thank Paul S
Witney, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This has everything you would want for a sunny afternoon out. The house now has two floors of rooms to visit, with a lot of interesting pictures and furniture. The gardens are extensive, and are worth a visit just in themselves. There is also the customary tea room with a range of food and drinks on offer. The house and... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely place to visit. You can picnic in the grassy area by the car park before the place opens at 2pm. House interesting and the room guides are very friendly. A smaller house which makes it all the more human. Gardens are large and varied. Highlights are the water garden by the lake and the round garden... More 

Thank Millarmaid
Thatcham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very well kept and enjoyable garden and walk. The water garden is a little disappointing in that water plants are almost nonexistent.

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