Brief History of Claydon House & Gardens
Claydon House has been the ancestral home of the Verney family since 1620.
- The current house was built in the eighteenth century by Ralph, 2nd Earl Verney, as a demonstration of wealth and status. He set out to create a country house of extraordinary grandeur to dazzle his wealthy neighbours and outdo his political rivals. Often referred to as “an unexpected Georgian jewel”, Claydon house is a fascinating testament to eighteenth century extravagance. Its unassuming exterior hides some of England’s most extraordinary interiors; soaring double height rooms crowded with intricate carvings of fanciful creatures and exotic designs.
- Thirty years later Ralph Verney was facing financial ruin.
- The house that remains today is around a third of the Earl’s creation and is saturated with surprising stories and fascinating objects from four hundred years of Verney family history, which includes connections by marriage to nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.
The house was given to the National Trust in 1956 is a listed Grade I on the National Heritage List for England, and its gardens are listed Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
Find out more at www.claydonestate.co.uk/
Onsite things to do
- House - You can wander around the east wing, enjoy their fascinating collections and discover some beautiful architecture. Discover the connection between Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp and Claydon House. Costs apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/claydon
- Explore Claydon’s gardens and travel back in time. Discover beautiful herbaceous borders, attractive pools, an extensive walled garden and an unusual historic glass house. Costs apply – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/claydon/features/garden
- Church - All Saints Church (not National Trust) is an intriguing fourteenth century church located directly beside the house. It is the local parish church and is still in use today. Take a peek inside to see the Verney family tombs. The interior of the church is beautiful and contains a fascinating array of monuments to various Verney ancestors including Sir Edmund Verney, Standard Bearer to King Charles I, and Sir Harry Verney, 2nd Baronet, who lived at Claydon for over 60 years and for 50 of them was a Member of Parliament. For further information please visit the Parish of The Claydons website. www.bucksvoice.net/churches-of-the-claydons/
- Play area – brand new for 2020 – details coming soon!!
- The family friendly Phoenix Kitchen is proud of producing only the best quality dishes, with seasonal menus using only the finest locally sourced ingredients within 30 miles of the Estate. Some of the fresh ingredients comes from the Estate gardens situated only a few yards away. Recently refurbished and fully licensed, the Phoenix Kitchen boasts a selection of homemade cakes, sweet treats, scones, fantastic locally roasted, Fairtrade coffee and organic tea. With delicious daily specials and a children’s menu, we are sure you’ll find something to please all the family. You can also find a selection of honey, chutney and jams for sale as well as fruit juices made from Claydon Estate produce.
- Courtyard – Claydon’s incredible Courtyard was once the bustling heart of the Estate. It housed workshops, stables, coach houses, estate stores, the laundry, brew house and staff accommodation. It is now a hub for events, arts and crafts and home to an eclectic range of shops and businesses
- Steeple Claydon – Just a 5 minute drive or a 30 minute walk on public footpaths you will find a Co-Op and bakery to stock up and replenish your food supplies.
- Buckingham – A 15 minute drive will bring you to the small market town of Buckingham with a variety of local shops including a Waitrose, several restaurants and pubs.