Buscot Park

Art lovers and garden lovers alike will find plenty to admire at Buscot Park in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.

The family home of Lord Faringdon features one of the finest art collections in the country. The Faringdon Collection includes paintings by Rembrandt, Reynolds, Rubens, van Dyck and Murillo, a small but important collection of drawings, a range of 19th and 20th century British art, plus glassware, ceramics, furniture and objets d'art.

Highlights include Rembrandt's portrait of Pieter Six, Rossetti's portrait of Pandora, and Burne-Jones's famous Pre-Raphaelite series, The Legend of the Briar Rose.

The late 18th century house, which was built by a local landowner and then acquired by Lord Faringdon's great grandfather in 1889, is surrounded by a beautifully laid out pleasure garden and mature woodlands.

As well as a sheltered Four Seasons garden that looks wonderful no matter what time of year you see it, there's a formal and rather splendid Italianate water garden to the east of the house. Designed by the British architect and garden designer Harold Peto, it is set in an English parkland landscape.

Dogs are not permitted in the main grounds, but can be exercised in the field used for overflow parking.

There is a tea room on site, and the ticket office sells a small range of refreshments.

For more information, including opening times and admission prices, visit the National Trust website.

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