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Splendid 18th-century English interiors in an idyllic country setting
In the 1750s at his family seat in Buckinghamshire, Ralph Verney set out to create a country house of extraordinary grandeur that would dazzle his wealthy neighbours and outdo his political rivals. Thirty years on he was facing financial ruin.
Today the interiors that remain are among the most ambitious and lavish ever created in the 18th century.
Claydon has been occupied by the Verney family for more than 550 years; the place is a testament to their fascinating fluctuating fortunes, from their close involvement in the English Civil War to the family connection with Florence Nightingale.
Winter deep clean
Our house is closed for the season but we are re-opening on March 14 2015.
Over the winter we have a conservation team working hard give the house a thorough deep clean. On our opening weekend in March we will be unveiling the Gothic Room so come and watch out team shake off the dust covers and bring the room back to life for the coming season.
Get involved with 500 years of history
- meet new people
- learn a new skill
- enhance your CV
- support your local property
We have lots of volunteering opportunities available to suit everyone.
Keep checking our website for all the exciting events happening at Claydon this coming year that you could be part of.
Claydon's colourful characters
Baroness Mary Verney of Fermanagh inherited Claydon from her uncle and immediately set about putting her inheritance in order. Most of the land was sold off to pay her uncle's outstanding debts. In November 1791 she began to pull down the ballroom and rotunda due to it being unfinished and falling in to disrepair.