Kingston Bagpuize House

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Kingston Bagpuize House
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28 reviews
Very good

england216 contributions
A lovely house to visit
Jul 2021
Tuesday 13th July 2021 visit. What a lovely well run “home”. The house is a true jem to look around. The house inside was immaculate and this home has the cleanest loos in England!
The family are the ones who welcome you, talk to you, show you the house.
A lovely afternoon.
Written July 14, 2021
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Maidenhead54 contributions
Small and friendly historic manor house. Lord Merton's house from Downton Abbey
Jun 2021
Took the chance to visit on one of their special opening days each year.
Pretty manor house building. Only the ground floor rooms are open to view as it is a family home, but that adds to the bonus of being welcomed in person by the family themselves.

Lovely grounds to explore with a mix of lawns, flower beds and meadow areas.
Tea, coffee and cakes available too ( ..and the cakes are really good ! ).

Suggestion: If you are travelling some distance and want to combine visting Kingston Bagpuize House with something else in the area, I'd recommend Millets Farm and the large garden centre about a mile away.
Written June 29, 2021
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Barbara T
Abingdon, UK505 contributions
Interesting and pleasant visit.
May 2021
Went as soon as relevant lockdown measures were lifted. Felt very safe, with timed entrances to the house.
There are only a small number of rooms open, but these were interesting, with info in each room.
The gardens are lovely - really nice to walk around on a nice day.
Parking available on site.
A real family affair, with the owner on hand to chat with.
Only open at certain times, so best to book ahead.
Written June 6, 2021
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Reading, UK54 contributions
An interesting, but not stately, home, beautiful gardens
Sep 2020
We had a lovely afternoon visiting the house and grounds. We were warmly welcomed by the lady of the house and her daughter, and they had a very sensible approach to social distancing, with each group being let into the house at 10 minute intervals. This meant you were never in the same room as any other visitors, which made for a relaxed visit. There are also information boards in each room that you visit. You only see the downstairs, but the rooms are very pleasing.
Then, it was out to explore the gardens, which are quite varied. We particularly enjoyed exploring the terrace leading to the Pavilion. We would definitely like to return during snowdrops season, which is apparently spectacular.
We also walked round the perimeter of the estate, which is probably about a mile, good for stretching the legs.
A limited range of drinks and cakes was available in the marquee that would - under more normal circumstances - be used for weddings. No posh coffees, but very good home-made cakes!
All in all, a very pleasant couple of hours; highly recommended.
Written September 27, 2020
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Oxford, UK31 contributions
Lovely afternoon visiting this beautiful family home
Sep 2019
Kingston Bagpuize House is a beautiful family home that is open to the public on select days during the Spring and Summer. A popular wedding venue and also used for film and tv locations. We visited on a sunny September afternoon and were welcomed warmly and shown around by the family who were able to provide us with a wonderful insight and history of the house. The Gardens were beautiful for a stroll and we learned that the grounds are open in February to see the snowdrops which bloom in abundance. We finished the visit in the tearoom where we enjoyed scones, chocolate cake and freshly brewed tea. This was a highlight! Would highly recommend a visit but make sure you check their website for opening dates and times.
Written October 7, 2019
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United Kingdom188 contributions
Enjoy a very warm welcome to an exquisite family home
Aug 2019 • Solo
Having visited the gardens a few years ago when the famous February snowdrops were in full bloom, I finally made a return journey on one of approximately thirty afternoons during the year when the house is open to visitors (open days are listed on the official website). I'm so pleased that I did. Visitors are permitted to visit almost all of the rooms on the ground floor (in addition to the basement cafe), but not the bedrooms. Excellent printed guides are provided for self-guided tours of the house, and in addition a beautifully produced colour guide is on sale. In addition friendly and thoroughly informed local guides are present to provide a warm welcome and further information including anecdotes and unique insights. The current house was in existence in the 1660s, but was extensively remodelled in the early 1700s. Much earlier the manor was home to the de Bachpuise family, after which it passed to the de Kingston family. The house only came into the possession of the family of the present inhabitants (the Grants) in 1939, and therefore, while the period furnishings and portraits are impressive, the majority are not original to this house. There is no doubt, however, that to Virginia Grant the preservation of this house is a labour of love. Indeed Mrs Grant was actively engaging with visitors to her house, while her son Alexander was welcoming all visitors at the gate entrance. That the house featured as Lord Merton's home in two series of Downton Abbey is of interest to many visitors, although the house features far more prominently in the less well known 2012 film Tortoise in Love. You are encouraged to sit down, relax, and enjoy the house during your visit - a welcome contrast to the "National Trust treatment" of pine cones on chairs, since it makes a significant difference to be able to view a room from a seated position rather than in the typical upright tourist posture. The cafe is in the basement, in the original kitchen, although the outdoor seating area proved more popular on a sunny August day. The gardens are delightful, and beautifully maintained. Long may this house remain a family home - and paying visitors are essential to ensuring that it does.
Written August 4, 2019
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Chris Shaw
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...and so their work was done.
Jun 2019 • Family
Once upon a time, not so long ago, I took my little girl (her name is Emily) to Kingston Bagpuize House.

Firstly, we visited the gift shop. But it was rather an unusual gift shop because it didn't sell anything. The tour guide told us: "You see, everything in that gift shop window was a thing that somebody had once lost, and the gift shop purchasing department manager had found, and brought home to Kingston Bagpuize House."

The tour guide was highly informative and we spent a whole day exploring the house, until we were exhausted. The tour guide gave a big yawn, and settled down to sleep. And when the Kingston Bagpuize House tour guide goes to sleep, all his Kingston Bagpuize House visitors go to sleep too.

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the day, despite some of the furnishings being old and saggy - baggy, and a bit loose at the seams.

But Emily loved it.
Written July 23, 2019
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Peter M
Burford, UK164 contributions
Thoroughly Recommend
Jul 2019 • Couples
A warm welcome started at the gate and continued at the front door of the house and subsequently felt in the tea room. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, it was so relaxed, interesting and friendly that for the time we spent there it almost felt as if we had known every member of their team, headed by the owner, for many years. This is a relatively small house but the notes that are handed out ensure that you are able you to appreciate the wealth of interesting contents
Written July 21, 2019
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Banbury, UK33 contributions
Beautiful family house that is open to the public
Apr 2019 • Couples
If you love Downton Abbey then this is an excellent place to visit.

I would suggest going when the snowdrops are out or when the herbaceous border is in flower as the gardens are delightful.
Written April 9, 2019
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Oxford, UK4 contributions
"Lord Merton's house" in Downtown Abbey.
Aug 2018 • Couples
KB is a small but charming country house only 20 minutes from Oxford. On arrival we discovered to our delight that it was one of the houses used to film Downtown Abbey - '"Lord Merton's" house to be precise. DA fans will recognize the lovely hall with the beautiful Chinese paper as the scene of Isobel Crawley's altercation with her dreadful future stepchildren.

The guide was friendly and knowledgable, as was the owner of the house who spent some time chatting to each visitor.

However, only 4-5 rooms on the ground floor are open to the public.
Written September 6, 2018
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