Swindon & Buscot Park

Swindon & Buscot Park


Buscot Park, Oxfordshire

This property is owned by the National Trust


In 1956 the Buscot Park estate was bequeathed to the National Trust, and the contents of the house were subsequently transferred to the Trustees of the Faringdon Collection.  The present Lord Faringdon lives at Buscot Park, administering the house and grounds 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, he continues to acquire new works by contemporary artists to enhance the collection.


Built between 1780 and 1783 for a local landowner, Edward Loveden Townsend.  In 1859 his great-grandson sold the estate to an Australian tycoon, Robert Tertius Campbell.  He died in 1887 after spending a fortune turning Buscot into a model agricultural estate.  In 1889 the estate was purchased 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.


His grandson and heir, Gavin Henderson, added considerably to the Collection, acquiring important furniture designed by Robert Adam and Thomas Hope, and was instrumental in returning the house to its late eighteenth century appearance. The present Lord Faringdon, Gavin's nephew, together with his fellow Trustees, continues to add to the Collection, to improve its display, and to enliven the gardens and grounds, in the hope that visitors might gain more enjoyment from Buscot whilst ensuring that it still feels very much a family home.


To enjoy Buscot Park to the full, time should be taken to explore the extensive pleasure gardens that surround the late eighteenth-century house.  The m ellow 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. Woodland walks lead to one of Britain’s finest water gardens, an unusual marriage of Italianate formality with an English parkland landscape. The carriage drive sweeps away to the south east, down through mature woodland. 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. 


National Trust Members pay coach only. House only opens between 2-6pm so lunch stop enroute.


Depart for home approx. 17.00

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road East Anchor Road Opposite @Bristol
Eastbound Bus Stop
Bristol Tesco Tesco's Eastville Bus stop - Jct 2 of M32
(Tesco's Car park only has a 2 Hr. parking limit)
Burnham on Sea Burnham on Sea, Pier Street
Bus Stop The Old Pier Tavern
Clevedon Clevedon
First Choice Travel Agency
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
NO COACH No Coach Travel Required
Taunton Taunton - Tower Street
Bus/Coach Station
Weston Borough Arms Borough Arms, Bus Shelter
after main entrance to old Clarks Factory
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Worle Bus Stop Worle Preanes Green, New Bristol Rd.
Summer Lane Bus Shelter
Worle - Homebase Worle - Homebase Bus Stop opposite Bridge Farm
New Bristol Road
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