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House and Grounds: 1st April - 30th September; Wednesday - Friday + second and fourth weekends and
Bank Holidays: 1st April, 1st and 29th May and 28th Aug., 2pm - 6pm.
Last admission to House 5pm.
Grounds only: 1st April - 30th September; Mon & Tues, 2pm - 6pm.
By booking with the Estate Office.
Groups must booked in writing or by telephone or e-mail. Disabled visitors should book powered mobility vehicle in advance.
Apr, May & June
Spring bulbs, Judas & Wisteria arch Old roses, Four Seasons Walled garden and Swinging garden.
Adults £10, Grounds only £7; Over 65s £8, Grounds Only £5; Child (5-15) £5, Grounds only £3.50. Under 5s and NT members free.
Partial access for the disabled; NO DISABLED ACCESS TO HOUSE. Picnics only in picnic area adjacent to car park. Mobility vehicles available by prior booking. Plants and kitchen garden produce for sale occasionally. Small shop selling local cider and honey, mint products, and a small selection of souvenir items.
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The White Horse, Woolstone, Faringdon
Lamb at Buckland
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The Swan, Southrop
The Radnor Arms, Coleshill
The Bell, Langford
The Plough, Kelmscott
Buscot Village and Weir,
Kelmscott Manor, Lechlade,
Filkins Woollen Mill,
Great Coxwell Tithe Barn
The deliberate surprise of the sudden view of the narrow vista cutting through the dense woods leading down to the lake terminates with the temple on its other side, never failing to entrance the visitor. It features canals, rills, still pools and cascades and walks encourage one to cross the water via a charming bridge; statues and herms provide interest along the way. In a separate area, walled gardens with fruit still growing on the walls, but now mainly devoted to flowers, are designed around a formal plan and feature a Judas tree tunnel. There is also a secret 'swinging' garden and imaginative avenue walks.
Edward Loveden Townsend, the first owner of the house, was probably responsible for the two lakes and dense belts of trees, as well as the walled kitchen gardens. Harold Peto was commissioned by Alexander Henderson, later Lord Faringdon, in 1904 to create an Italianate garden to connect his neo-Classical house to the 20 acre lake lying below it. The second Lord Faringdon cut more avenues in the trees in the form of a patte d'oie, or goose foot. Peter Coats created the Parent's Walk within the Four Seasons Walled Garden in 1986 for the current Lord Faringdon (3rd). A water feature above the west side of the walled garden, called the Faux Fall, was designed by David Harber in 2007: it consists of a series of five highly polished steel vertical panels in graduated form and height over which water is pumped and which when viewed from across the opposite descending stairway to the walled garden appears like a cascade. Recent additions include the skeletal pyramid in the citrus garden, and a sundial erected to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, completing the Egyptian Avenue started by the 2nd Lord Faringdon.