Buscot Park is the family home of Lord Faringdon, who looks 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.
The Faringdon Collection, which can be viewed at Buscot Park in Oxfordshire and our London property, is the result of a century of collecting works of art by the Lords Faringdon.
It includes paintings by Rembrandt, Reynolds, Rubens, van Dyck and Murillo, and there is a small but important collection of drawings. British art, especially of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, is particularly well represented in the Collection, with some outstanding works by the Pre-Raphaelite artists Burne-Jones and Rossetti, and the present Lord Faringdon continues to acquire new works by contemporary artists.
Copies of all the pictures in the Faringdon Collection may be purchased on application to the Estate Office, Buscot Park, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8BU. Requests for rights to reproduce all works in the Collection should be sent to the Estate Office.
House & Grounds: £12.00
Grounds Only: £9.00
65+: House & Grounds: £10.00
Grounds Only: £7.00
Children: Under 5’s: Free
5 – 15: Half Price
National Trust members: Free
(Valid Ticket Required)
Large car park
National Trust Property
Open on selected dates (see website)
More information on www.buscot-park.com
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN FARINGDON…
There’s plenty to do on a visit to Faringdon, here’s a few suggestions.
Dragon Hill, Uffington Castle & The Manger Dragon Hill is a natural hill, flattened by man, that may once have been connected to White Horse Hill. It could have been the site of a fort commanding access to the hill fort, or a religious site, where rituals of good...
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Ashdown House Unusual Dutch-style house on the Berkshire Downs. This extraordinary building with a dolls'-house appearance nestles in a beautiful valley on the Berkshire Downs, surrounded by woodland. It was built by an Earl, William Craven, as a house fit for the...