Buscot House

Buscot House, Faringdon: Hours, Address, Buscot House Reviews: 4.5/5

Buscot House
4.5
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Lucy Browne
Cardiff, UK3 contributions
Beautiful
Nov 2021 • Couples
What a wonderful site. Me and my husband visited here we really enjoyed our walk around this historic place. The views and scenery is breath taking. We could only spare a couple of hours here. But we loved every moment.
Written November 9, 2021
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111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
Bristol, UK6,514 contributions
Full of admiration...
Sep 2021
Arrived before the 2pm opening to park up and to have the chance to walk around the accessible parkland and fishing lake.
Plenty of parking available, easy and quick entry on what was a very sunny and hot early September weekday.
Friendly staff/volunteers, beautiful house, beautiful gardens and estate.
Written October 6, 2021
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70traveller88
Oxford, UK92 contributions
Day out in oxfordshire
Aug 2021
We had a pleasant visit to Buscot house a good example of a country house. Very knowledgable guides a great garden and park to explore.
Written August 25, 2021
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,578 contributions
Well worth a visit, especially the gardens and grounds
Aug 2021 • Couples
You can tell this property is managed privately on behalf of the NT as was more well organised with a lot more info provided. Its also still lived in so although the house is filled with numerous treasures and art it doesn't feel simply like a showcase and has some contemporary touches.

The grounds are huge and beautifully designed with numerous grassed avenues leading to fountains, object d'art and other features. We particularly liked the 'swing' garden. There are also more traditional flower beds to admire in the walled garden.

Even if historic houses aren't your thing its still worth getting the cheaper £7 (if you're not an NT member) ticket just for the gardens and grounds.

Decent cafe on site with reasonably priced tea/coffee and home made cake. Or you could take a picnic, as outer grounds open from 1pm and there are a number of tables and benches you can use.
Written August 18, 2021
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Stephanie6nt
Ross-on-Wye, UK73 contributions
A living home not a mausoleum
Jul 2021
NT but not your typical boring mausoleum.
This isn’t all stuck in the past 1600 furniture and art.
This is a living, breathing, family home. Lived in still by the family (so not open every day)
The facilities are labelled “lavatories” and have space.

Wonderful pre-Raphelite murals fill one room, but modern murals in the converted stable block that serves as the cafe. And fabulously light scones : have a cream tea!

Huge Glass sculptures on a huge window sill, glass on copper sculptures on a table, and modern art filling a bedroom….alongside the usual school of 1600 stuff that bores me.

Then you get to the garden. Chinese Warriors around a hedge corner, a roe sculpture on a mound, and a swing garden. Just sit and swing!

This is the only NT place I would go to twice as it changes as it is a living breathing home! Play the grand piano in passing…. Bet the books are worth reading too.

For bonus points, one of the attending staff had worked there for 20 years and said the family were grand employers.

Oh and plants sold elsewhere for £30 going for a fiver.
Written July 28, 2021
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Nina F
Norwich 11 contributions
Beautiful!
Jul 2021 • Couples
Wow! What a place it’s so well cared for the house is magnificent and wonderfully kept! Had such a nice feel to it!
The gardens are equally as wonderful! You could spend all day here…maybe national trust should run more of its properties in this way as it’s excellent!
Written July 24, 2021
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Simplytrue
Calne, UK4 contributions
Gets better and better
May 2021
The gardens are a sheer delight. The team really do work hard here and it shows
Then there’s the park with endless walks and even a Terracotta Army. It all well maintained and really worth a visit.
We go probably 4 times a year to see different seasonal things.It has nice toilets, a decent cafe and you can buy seasonal plants at a very fair price... We recommend it to friends who are always impressed.
Written June 30, 2021
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Hazelnut38
Bristol, UK207 contributions
Fantastic gardens
Jun 2021
Although we were disappointed that the house was still closed, we thought the gardens were fantastic and close to perfection at the end of June. The beds were well tended and I loved the idea of having small clumps of vegetables amongst the herbaceous borders.
Written June 30, 2021
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ColAIDenison
Ashford, UK185 contributions
Stunning Gardens
Apr 2021 • Couples
Outstanding gardens in every sense, laid out to a precision plan. Formal walled gardens manicured to perfection and great features and surprises all around the wider garden. Well worth a visit and it supports the National Trust
Written May 18, 2021
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sand100
Loughborough233 contributions
Pleasant gardens
Oct 2020
It's a shame that the house is closed at the moment but understanable and in any case the walks around the gardens were very pleasant. Nice to get outside and wander through the walled gardens and along the water gardens and up to the sundial etc. A perfect afternoon.
Written October 19, 2020
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