This late 18th-century house, set in some very nice landscaped grounds is the family home of Lord Faringdon, who continues to live there and care for the property as well as the constantly increasing family art collection, the Faringdon Collection, a large part of which you can see displayed in the house.
As the family still live in the house the opening times are limited to afternoons only on Wednesday to Friday and the odd, but not all weekends. Unlike others we found it easy to find and our sat-nav took us straight to the main entrance on the A417.
The House is not large, compared to others available in the trust, but will take some time to do justice due to the large amount of décor features and the available pieces of the Faringdon Collection to view, all of which are well described in the information sheets available in each room. These are especially invaluable to view the large picture collection which is all individually numbered and referred to on the sheets. The beautiful rooms are adorned with important furniture and exquisite and ornate ceilings & chandeliers. But the main attraction is the art collection and the highlights for me were the Burne-Jones ‘The Legend of the Briar Rose’ series which fills one entire room, Rembrandt's portrait of pieter six and especially Rossetti's Pandora, as we had visited the William Morris gallery a couple of weeks earlier and therefore could understand the true significance of the picture.
Then the landscaped gardens are well worth a stroll around also. They are not as attractive as the more formal gardens of the trust but are worth a walk and do throw up the odd surprise, such as the adults swing garden.
As the opening hours are 2.00PM to 6.00PM the house will be at its busiest between 3 – 4.30PM, so the best thing to do is get there as soon as it opens to look round the house or do the gardens first and leave the house till later in the afternoon, when it should be quieter.
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