History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
If the exterior is unremarkable, the interior is a real stunner. The rococco decoration is probably the most striking in any English stately home. A series of rooms are embellished in Chinese and Gothic style, with incredibly ornate carvings by Luke Lightwood. The effect almost defies description, as Lightfoot let his eccentric brilliance run wild. More restrained by comparison is the wonderful plasterwork of Joseph Rose.
Architect and patron fell out, partly over the expense of Lightwood's extravagant interiors, partly because those interiors were not to everyone's taste. One of Verney's friends, Sir Thomas Robinson, urged him to abandon Lightfoot's rococo for the more sedate Palladian designs of Robert Adam.
Honestly, words cannot do justice to the interiors of Claydon. It is a shame that when we visited, the National Trust did not allow indoor photography.
Verney's house sits on a rise looking over peaceful parkland, and is flanked by a wonderful medieval church. Within the church is a huge monument to Sir Edmund Verney, killed at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642.
In the 19th century the second Baronet Verney married Parthenope, sister of Florence Nightingale. Florence was a frequent visitor to Claydon, and her bedroom on the second floor contains many of her personal effects and momentoes, including letters, clothing, and her travelling communion set.
About Claydon House
Address: Middle Claydon, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England, MK18 2EY
Attraction Type: Historic House
Website: Claydon House
Phone: 01296 730 349
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SP720 253
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Claydon Estate Gardens - 0 miles (Garden)
Middle Claydon, All Saints - 0 miles (Historic Church)
Hillesden, All Saints - 3 miles (Historic Church)
Quainton, Holy Cross & St Mary - 3.7 miles (Historic Church)
North Marston, St Mary's Church - 3.9 miles (Historic Church)
Waddesdon Manor - 5.5 miles (Historic House)
Old Gaol Museum - 5.6 miles (Museum)
Buckingham Chantry Chapel - 5.7 miles (Historic Church)
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