Buscot Park

Type:Historic House / Palace

Buscot, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU

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About

Buscot Park is the home of the Henderson Family and the present Lord and Lady Faringdon, with their 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 objets 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. 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 18th 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 for the continuing enjoyment of visitors.

Guide Prices

House & Grounds:
Adults £12.
Over 65’s £10.
Child (5-15) £6.
National Trust Members - Free.

Grounds Only:
Adults £9.
Over 65’s £7.
Child (5-15) £4.50.
National Trust Members - Free.

Directions

Road Directions

By RoadBuscot Park lies between the small towns of Lechlade and Faringdon, on the A417. By Public TransportThe nearest rail station is at Swindon (10 miles away), while a number of bus services operate to Lechlade: Thamesdown 67 Swindon––Faringdon (Fridays only); Carterton 64 Swindon––Carterton; Thamesdown 77 Swindon––Cirencester (both the last two services pass close to the rail station in Swindon). The 67 and 77 services only go to Lechlade: alight here – there is then a 2 3/4 mile walk to Buscot Park.The nearest railway station is Swindon, which is 10 miles away.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Gift shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking

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Opening Times

House, Grounds & Tea Room (1 Apr 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Friday14:00 - 18:00
Saturday - SundayClosed
Bank Holiday14:00 - 18:00

* Wed-Fri & BH weekends as listed on website.

Awards

  • Other Awards National Trust 2017
  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2017

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