Photo: Rictor Norton & David Allen

Built in the early 1780s, Buscot House is an eclectic mix of architectural styles, ranging from Palladian to neoclassical. In its original form, it did not adhere to any strict style, and has been renovated and expanded many times throughout the years. However, it is not the outside of Buscot Park that is the most striking, but what lies within.

The house remains very much a family home (its day-to-day running is still taken care of by Lord Faringdon) and thus is a fascinating insight into the Faringdon lifestyle. The Faringdon Collection is full of distinctive art pieces that will delight any visitor. It comprises mainly of British artists, such as Sir Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The house also contains works by artists of the likes of Rembrandt and Botticelli. The collection is always changing, thanks to new additions by the current Lord Faringdon, making for a different experience every time you visit.

The lush gardens are most definitely worth a trip. They are immaculately maintained and have surprises hidden behind every corner. There is an immense walled garden that mixes flowers with vegetable plants for an intriguing garden space. Let out your inner child at the Swinging Garden or explore some of the world’s most impressive water gardens, which lead you down to the great lake. See if you can find the seventeen life-size terracotta warriors from China and the garden temple! Buscot House never remains the same, so keep your eyes out for new additions every time you visit!

 

Buscot Park, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU
Tel: 01367 240786
Times: Daily, 2.00pm to 6.00pm