History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
A late 18th-century neo-classical house, set in lovely landscape gardens and parkland. Within the house, owned by the National Trust but administered by Lord Faringdon, are displayed fine furniture and art of the very highest order, including the Faringdon Collection, a superlative collection of Old Master paintings and Pre-Raphaelite artwork. In the grounds is a lovely 20th century water garden composed of canals and classical bridges.
Buscot house was built in 1779 by Edward Loveden Loveden, using the services of architect James Darley. Darley built in the then popular Palladian style, drawing on Italian influence to create a building that is surprisingly understated yet elegant in appearance. The south frontage looks out across parkland, and the north offers magnificent views across a 20 acre lake.
The house interior is magnificently ornate, with classical decorative elements and gilding throughout. Pride of place in the interior goes to The Faringdon Collection. This is largely the work of Gavin Henderson, grandson of the 1st Lord Faringdon, who was an avid art collector. Henderson amassed a superlative collection of paintings, including works by Rembrandt, Joshua Reynolds, Rubens, and Edward Burne-Jones, among many others. This artwork was augmented with a 19th and 20th century British paintings and drawings, making the Faringdon Collection one of the finest in Britain.
There are several distinct gardens at Buscot. The earliest gardens were begun just as the house was being finished. The design was English landscape garden with the 20 acre lake being the most prominent feature. A classical bridge was built at the far end of the lake to provide a focal point.
There is also an extensive landscape garden, formal Italianate gardens, and modern walled gardens.
Buscot for Families
The National Trust does offer a children's quiz for the house interior. Beyond that, there is plenty of open space outside in the parks and gardens for children to run around, but no special children's amenities. Our children, aged 5 and 11, really enjoyed the water gardens, especially the small footbridges across the canals. They also enjoyed a swinging garden seat in the lower gardens.
About buscot House
Address: Faringdon, Oxfordshire, England, SN7 8BU
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: on A417
Website: buscot House
Phone: 01367 240786
Fax: 01367 241794
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SU239 973
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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