Buscot Park

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The Garden

Buscot Park in Oxfordshire is the home of Lord and Lady Faringdon, whose family have lived here since 1887 and look after the property on behalf of The National Trust.  The Faringdon Collection of Art and period furniture can be viewed inside Buscot House, which stands on a hill from which there are views of four counties.

To enjoy Buscot Park to the full, time should be taken to explore the extensive pleasure gardens that surround the late eighteenth-century house.  To the west of the house, the mellow red-brick walls of the original kitchen garden now shelter the Four Seasons garden, bright with the blooms of spring bulbs, flowering trees and drifts of multi-coloured day lilies, according to the time of year.  To the east, woodland walks lead to one of Britain’s finest water gardens, an unusual marriage of Italianate formality with an English parkland landscape. 

From the south front of the house, the carriage drive sweeps away to the south east, down through mature woodland.  From the north front of the house, the views take in the Little Lake and the Thames plain beyond.  From neither point is any clue given of the splendid water garden that lies to the east of the house, reached by following the steps from the north terrace. 

At Buscot Park you will find exquisite gardens, including the spectacular Water Garden designed by Harold Peto for the 1st Lord Faringdon at the beginning of the 20thC and the Four Seasons Walled Garden created by the present Lord Faringdon at the end of the century. You can wander through woodland walks, rest awhile in the circular Swinging Garden and perhaps catch a glimpse of some of the many species of birds which breed on the estate.

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The Gardener

Since 1977, when my wife and I came to live at Buscot Park after my uncle's death, we have accumulated a small collection of contemporary paintings and silverware, with the help, advice and encouragement of the late Brinsley Ford and Bobby Gore, both former trustees.  Richard Carew Pole, Francis Russell, Martin Drury and my eldest son, James, are the present trustees, along with myself and my wife.  Most of our efforts have been directed, however, in trying to reconcile - within the setting of the house and gardens - the legitimate claims of the public, the National Trust, the family and the Collection.  The enjoyment of the place depends on achieving harmony and balance between all four parties, and this has now been achieved, with the co-operation of the National Trust, by the building of a new summerhouse in the grounds, to which the family can repair when the house and grounds are open to visitors in the spring and summer.

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Garden Details

Address
Buscot Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU, England.
Buscot Park lies between the small towns of Lechlade and Faringdon, on the A417.
Email
buscotpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
Phone
01367 240932
Fax
01367 241794
Contact Person
Roger Vlitos Curator, Buscot Park
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Hours
The gardens will be re-opening for the new season on Tuesday 1st April, and the house and tea room on Wednesday 2nd april 2014.
Garden Size
Buscot Park is a landscape park with formal gardens covering around 40 hectares
Price
All visitors, including members of the National Trust, MUST acquire an admission ticket from the Ticket Office BEFORE entering the Gardens and Pleasure Grounds.

House and Grounds: Grounds Only:
Adult - £10 Adult - £7
Over 65s - £8 Over 65s - £5
Child (5-15) - £5 Child - £3.50
Under 5s - Free Under 5s - Free
Toilets
The lavatories will be open, but please note that entry to the House and Grounds is not permitted until 2.00pm.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
The colourful Tearoom, decorated in the 1990's with murals by Ellen-Ann Hopkins, is open from 2.00pm to 5.30pm (last orders) on the same days as the House, and offers cream teas, an extensive range of cakes and slices, cheese scones, and a varied selection of hot and cold drinks. There is also usually at least one gluten-free cake or slice on offer.
Picnics
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch from 1.00pm: tables and seats are available adjacent to the Visitor Car Park.
Wheelchair Access
Mobility parking in main car park. Braille guide.
Map of accessible route available.
House: 14 Steps to Entrance Hall with handrail (ambulant visitors may need help).
Regrettably the House is unsuitable for wheeled vehicle access.
Stairs with handrails to the first floor.

Grounds: Map of accessible route
Due to steep gradients, uneven terrain, steps to terraces, gravel paths and distances, the grounds are more suitable for powered mobility vehicles (PMVs).
Three PMVs (and one wheelchair) available - please book in advance with the Estate Office (Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm), and collect from the Ticket Office.
Dogs Allowed
Dogs are not permitted in the Formal Gardens, the Pleasure Grounds, or any visitor areas. However, dogs they be exercised in the Paddock Field (the overflow car park).
Children Allowed
Yes. Baby-changing facilities.
Hip-carrying infant seats available to borrow in the house.
Plants/Other Sales
There is a small shop in the Ticket Office where local cider, honey and peppermint products are available, along with guide books and a selection of postcards showing images of the House, Grounds and some of the Art Collection.
From 2012 we have increased the number of items for sale in the Ticket Office, and now have a selection of 'Buscot Park' sweets and biscuits in collectable jars and tins, and Kendall mint cake.
A selection of garden plants, and any surplus kitchen garden produce, are available throughout the season.
Guided Tours
There is a comprehensive guidebook available in both the House and Ticket Office at a cost of £3.
Other Facilities
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.