Buscot Park was laid out in the 1780s in the English Landscape style to provide a naturalistic setting for the late eighteenth century Palladian style house. The famous Water Garden was added in 1904 by Sir Alexander Henderson, later the 1st Lord Faringdon, who commissioned the architect and garden designer Harold Peto to create a link between the house and the Big Lake. Peto was the leading exponent of formal Italianate garden design of his day and this water garden is widely regarded as one of his finest works. It consists essentially of a series of stairways, formal lawns, pools and basins interlinked by a descending canal complete with a fountain, rills, miniature cascades and a bridge all flanked by box hedges sheltering antique statuary and stone seats.
In the mid-1930s the 2nd Lord Faringdon laid out the series of tree-lined allées which radiate from the arch in the East Pavilion. His nephew, the present Lord Faringdon, has created a series of small circular gardens linking these allées, and has added pieces of contemporary sculpture as eye-catchers. He has also transformed the nineteenth century walled Kitchen Gardens into a beautifully structured floral garden with sculptures dedicated to the Four Seasons.
Opening Times: 1st April - 30th September. House, Grounds & Tearoom: Wed, Thu, Fri, afternoons only, 2.00pm - 6.00pm, (last entry to House 5.00pm) Also open Bank Holidays and the following weekends: 11/12 and 25/26 April, 9/10,23/24 & 30/31 May, 8/9 & 22/23 and 13/14 and 27/28 June, 11/12 & 25/26 July, 8/9 22/23 & 29/30 August, 12/13 & 26/27 September.
Grounds only: Mon, Tue, afternoons only, 2.00pm - 6.00pm.
Admission Rates: Adults: £12.00 (House & Gardens), £9.00 (Gardens only) Over 65s: £7.00 (Children (aged 5-16): £6.00 (House and Gardens), £4.00 (Gardens only)
Facilities: Picnic Area, Homemade Teas, Occasional plant sales.
Disabled Access: Partial. Gravel paths and stone steps, some steep. 14 steps to House entrance. Ramps to Tearoom, Marquee and Formal Gardens. Lavatory. Four single seater powered mobility vehicles for use in the grounds may be booked in advance.
Coach Parking: Up to two coaches. Groups must book in advance.
Length of Visit: 3 hours
Booking Contact: Estate Office, Buscot Park, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU.
Telephone: 01367 240786
Information Line: 01367 240932
Location: Buscot Park is situated on the south side of the A417 between Lechlade and Faringdon.
Updated: December 2019