Buscot Park, located in Oxfordshire is a Neoclassical House designed for Edward Loveden Townsend in the 1780’s. There are still 2 porphyry scagliola pillars that date from that period. The rest of the interior design dates mostly from the time of the second Baron Faringdon. The Faringdon family took possession of the house in late in the 19th century. The House came into the Faringdon family in 1889. In 1962 the House passed to the National Trust. The House now is home to what is known as the Faringdon Collection of art and furniture.
The Dutch Room is of particular note. It has gorgeous green wallpaper and a plaster ceiling and frieze in the Adams style. The room includes a beautiful Rembrandt of a young blond man and a Van Dyke. There is also a Rubens of Marchesa Veronica Spinola Doria. The furniture in the room is a combination Sheridan and Chippendale, the mantle is early 19th century with marble carved with fans and urns. There is a Sheridan satinwood fire screen and in that beautiful ceiling they have introduced recessed lighting without spoiling the look.
The dining room is magnificent with red wallpaper and a mahogany table and leather-covered chairs. There is Imari and Ch’ien Lung porcelain and also some 18th century Chinese import bearing the arms of Stephen Sullivan, an ancestor of Lord Faringdon. The chimney piece has a central plaque of Diana which was bought from a demolished London mansion. The leather dining chairs are from Clumber Park, former seat of the Duke of Newcastle demolished in 1938.
One nice thing about Buscot is that even though they don’t have a headphone tour they provide you with wooden tablets to read in each room. It greatly enhances your enjoyment and knowledge.
The saloon is all gold, with a hint of pink in the furniture. It is a perfect backdrop for the Legend of Briar Rose Panels that covers the wall. It is really quite extraordinary; the ceiling has a fan design in the corners and a medallion in the center.
The drawing room has a very pretty case with miniatures, boxes, a watch and a bracelet. There is also a collection of majolica on a table in the center of the room. There is a very pretty 18th century long case clock with floral parquetry in the hall.
The Normanton room is mostly made up of paintings by living artists. There are three windows looking out toward the fountain; it is a light airy room with a carpet with vine pattern. There is a spooky 18th century state bed and an Italian or French chasuble on display. It is a room of contrasts.
This is an interesting house with a good variety of items to view. It is a great back drop for all the wonderful art that is on display here.
Check opening times before you visit as they are limited. They are open in the afternoons on the days they are open and only between April and September.