Buscot Park

Buscot Park near the village of Faringdon, lies on the edge of the Cotswolds, near the River Thames. Magnificent Park and pleasure grounds with Walled Garden and Water Garden laid out by Harold Peto.

The Four Seasons Walled Garden is divided into quadrants by gravel paths with statues of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter by Frank Forster. The borders are planted to give interest throughout the year with Spring bulbs, lilacs, roses as well as herbaceous perennials.

The extensive grounds radiate out from the house in a series of avenues and garden enclosures. Avenues are a dominant feature of the Park with a magnificent poplar avenue and a newly planted double avenue of monkey puzzle trees.

From the house, walk up to the Whalebone and Roebuck statue before dropping down to the bust of Antinous and taking one of the many paths through the arboretum.

Features to look out for include the Jubilees Sundial and Obelisk, the Citrus Bowl and Pyramid (the orange and lemon trees are housed indoors during the colder months) and the Swinging Garden which is a delightful place to sit and relax.

The Water Garden is best approached from the house. Walk down the steps along the grass path flanked by a yew hedge to the start of the water course. The eye is led along the row of canals, across the circular pond with a statue of a man fighting with a dolphin, over a small bridge to the lake and a white rotunda on the far side.

At the far end of the Eastern Pavilion is the outdoor swimming pool. Fascinating frescoes on the vaulted arch were painted by John Hastings (later Earl of Huntingdon) in the late 1930s – ‘they portray friends of the 2nd Lord Faringdon and some of the Buscot Park staff’.

The house and grounds are looked after by Lord Faringdon and his family.

If you have time visit the house with its magnificent collection of paintings.

The house and gardens are NOT open every day of the week so check Buscot Park’s website before visiting.

National Trust Members visit for free.

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Address: Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU View map Phone: 01367 240786 Length of visit: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly: No
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: Yes
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - majority: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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