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  • The Pre-Raphaelite Rooms
    have been made The highly elaborate border has been simplified to suit the scale of these two rooms but all of the yarns have been dyed to replicate the exact original colours The bed with its painted tester and cornice dates from the last quarter of the eighteenth century The Regency settee at the foot of the bed is decorated with brass inlay while the wardrobe with its finely figured mahogany veneer has a frieze enriched with satinwood and ivory The small late eighteenth century mahogany secretaire is in the style of Thomas Sheraton In the illuminated case to the left of the chimney piece is an engraved glass entitled Way Out by Laurence Whistler 1912 1999 Dressing Room The early nineteenth century bed is a French Empire mahogany Lit Bateau with elaborate ormolu mounts The contemporary oak hanging cabinet displays an original letter written by Sir Alfred Gilbert the famous late Victorian sculptor responsible for the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus to Sir Edward Burne Jones after seeing The Legend of the Briar Rose for the first time For Visually Impaired Print Page View Map of Grounds April 2016 Opening Days M T W T F S S

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  • The Sitting Room
    neat like needlework Furniture and Ceramics As in the Hall beyond most of the furniture here is of the Regency period Either side of the fireplace are the newly acquired Marlborough Commodes originally owned by the 5th Duke of Marlborough for his Reading home Whiteknights they were made by Mayhew and Ince in the same year as the two Reynolds portraits above them were painted 1775 The eight single chairs with sabre legs grained to simulate rosewood exemplify a type of painted decoration characteristic of the period The pair of Regency mahogany bergere chairs are a recent acquisition The two mahogany dwarf bookcases on either side of the north doorway are also English though in a more openly French style with gilt bronze mounts similar to those seen in the engravings of Percier and Fontaine Between the windows is a pair of rosewood cabinets with marble tops and gilt monopodia The chandelier is a good example of a Regency glass lustre and the gilt pelmet boards with elaborate scrolls terminating in eagles heads are of the same period moved here from the Drawing Room at Barnsley Park when Nash carried out his alterations there between 1807 and 1809 The large painted vase on the sofa table is Bloor Derby of about 1820 the hexagonal famille rose vases on the dwarf bookcases are Chinese of the Qianlong period 1736 95 while much of the blue and white porcelain here date from the earlier Kangxi reign 1662 1722 Sculpture and Metalwork On the mantelpiece the two nineteenth century French classical bronzes by Louis Fayon depict David after Michelangelo and Antinous after the Antique between them sits an Austrian grande Sonnerie Ormolu Timepiece On the right hand commode is a pair of papier mache ewers with dome shaped covers painted with allegorical scenes

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  • Four Seasons Walled Garden
    along the shorter north south axis The effect from whichever direction the garden is approached is to create dramatic vistas focusing on the central lily pond with its fountain statue and handsome balustrade The Judas trees are at their peak of colour in June at which point the extensive plantings of day lilies from Lady Cynthia Carew Pole s collection at Antony in Cornwall begin to flower in the main axis beds producing a succession of multi coloured blooms throughout the summer and early autumn The quadrants feature statues of the Four Seasons by Frank Forster the winner of a competition promoted by the Faringdon Collection Trustees and by the President of the Royal Academy Dwarf box hedges surround each quadrant interrupted by standard trees alternating with clipped Portuguese laurels and chosen to complement the seasonal theme Golden King hollies for winter the fragrant pink flowered Viburnum x carlcephalum for spring the rose pink lilac Syringa microphylla Superba for summer and Hydrangea paniculata for autumn An Indian bean tree occupies the middle of each quadrant along with other trees chosen with the seasons in mind Acer palmatum Senkaki the Coral Bark Maple for the colour of its stems and bark in winter along with winter flowering cherry and Malus Golden Hornet for its fruit various crab apples and cherries for their spring blossom laburnums for summer along with the rare hop tree Ptelea trifoliata with its small scented flowers and winged fruits and bright berried rowans for autumn The perimeter borders contain spring bulbs and various herbaceous perennials but are at their best in June when the fine collection of old French roses mixed in with more modern cultivars come into fragrant bloom Between the climbing roses fruit are trained to the wall and later in the season the spent

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  • The Parents Walk
    down the stairway that leads down to the Four Seasons Walled Garden or alternatively go through the pillars to Parents Walk which leads to the Walled Garden and tea room without steps Parents Walk enters the Walled Garden through double borders planted in 1986 by Peter Coats with the object of giving year round foliage colour Catalpa bignonioides Aurea supplies strikingly golden foliage and is complemented by purple berberis golden leaved philadelphus and yellow flowered Phlomis fruticosa Among the perennials Euphorbia characias Wulfenii contributes its bold lime green flowers a theme picked up by frothy Alchemilla mollis later in the season For Visually Impaired Print Page View Map of Grounds April 2016 Opening Days M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Next Opening Day 30th April 2016 Click here to view all 2016 Opening Days House Grounds Open Grounds Open Only Closed Opening Times 2 00pm to 6 00pm Last Entry to House 5 00pm Entry Price House Grounds 10 00 Grounds Only 7 00 65 House Grounds 8 00

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  • The Peto Water Garden
    paths basins and a central canal the Water Garden is flanked by box hedges sheltering statues and terracotta jars The stone edged canal follows the bold linear axis of the earlier Victorian arboretum carried for the greater part of its length through woodland Variety is given to the design by a series of secretive enclosed lawns surrounding rectangular and quatrefoil pools and by effectively placed Italian marble seats and statuary The canal stream is made to perform every possible manoeuvre before it reaches the lake running over narrow rills and miniature cascades and beneath a hump backed balustraded bridge At one point the water is thrown into the air by the charmingly playful Dolphin and Putti bronze fountain Water lilies decorate the surface and box hedges are flanked by stone figures on columns and herms portraying Roman gods Where it meets the lake the vista continues eastwards to the domed and columned garden temple also designed by Peto which sits on the opposite shore For Visually Impaired Print Page View Map of Grounds April 2016 Opening Days M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

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  • Woodland Avenues
    chosen to replace the elms that stricken by disease have had to be felled In time slower growing trees will replace the woodland canopy edged by fastigiate beech and oak wild cherry and Acer capillipes The avenues are interrupted by sheltered roundels one has a fine marble vase containing the ashes of the 2nd Lord Faringdon a second is a variegated holly circle which now has five pairs of obelisks each pair marking an exit and a new central obelisk sundial designed by Sir Mark Lennox Boyd to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with the hieroglyphic carvings on the slate faces by Fergus Wessel s company Stoneletters see https stoneletters com blog buscot park obelisk sundial a third known as the Citrus Bowl consists of a delightful sunken circle with an Italian wellhead with skeletal pyramid by David Harber composed above it and flanked by citrus trees grown in pots to allow their removal in winter Last of all comes the circular Swinging Garden a place of fun after the preceding formality where grown ups are tempted to revisit their childhood by swinging gently on the chain suspended garden seats placed around the perimeter of this sunny circle Arriving back at the Theatre Pavilion to the east of the house there are fine vistas back down through the goose foot of tree lined avenues and garden enclosures laid out by the 2nd Lord Faringdon in the 1930s For Visually Impaired Print Page View Map of Grounds April 2016 Opening Days M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Next Opening Day 30th April 2016 Click here to view

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  • Frescoes in the Grounds
    at some time in the late 1930s they portray friends of the 2nd Lord Faringdon and some of the Buscot Park staff Lord Faringdon himself is portrayed as a young man addressing a political rally in the scene on the left as you face the pool while above is a portrait of Mr Cowdray Buscot s Farm Manager leading a prize bull and Mr Bastion the Head Gardener with some exotic blooms John Hastings self portrait is in the adjacent roundel and the lady portrayed in the roundel opposite is Susan Lawrence one of the first women Labour MPs and chairman of the Labour party from 1929 to 1930 Two other well known figures portrayed here are Lord Berners who lived at Faringdon House nearby and Lady Violet Bonham Carter both of whom are among the guests of Lord Faringdon seated at dinner For Visually Impaired Print Page View Map of Grounds April 2016 Opening Days M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Next Opening Day 30th April 2016 Click

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  • Frescoes in the Tearoom
    dry plaster between 1991 and 1994 are the work of Ellen Ann Hopkins and they evoke the Renaissance style of Veronese who covered the walls of the Villa Barbaro with amusing portraits of the owner and his family Here the artist has included many symbolic objects whose full meaning is understood only by the family and friends of Lord Faringdon though everyone will recognise the family lurchers the black swans from the Buscot Park lakes and various flowers from the Four Seasons garden Rather than include her own self portrait the artist has allowed her faithful black Scottie Macbeth to stand in for her Quixotic and enigmatic the frescoes are also full of energy and colour and form an important part of the continuing artistic tradition at Buscot Park For Visually Impaired Print Page View Map of Grounds April 2016 Opening Days M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Next Opening Day 30th April 2016 Click here to view all 2016 Opening Days House Grounds Open Grounds Open Only Closed

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