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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.
Behind the scenes tours this November
Our house is closed for the season from 3 November but we invite you to join us for some behind the scenes tours. A great way to see what conservation activities we do behind the scenes.
Dates: 12 November 2014, 19 November 2014 and 26 November 2014
Price: All tickets £4 for our behind the scenes tours.
Call 01296 730349 to book.
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.
We're hosting a free quirky Claydon trail with Harry the Ho Ho bird lending a helping hand to solve the puzzles. Enjoy exploring Claydon and its unusual interior. Then perhaps crunch through the leaves to the lake and feed the birds or explore outside with our geocaching trail.
Claydon's colourful characters
Mad Mary was Edmund 'Mun' Verney's wife. Shortly after their marriage in 1662 she became ill and was deemed to be mad. Her treatment included cutting off her hair and blood letting. She continued to suffer from bouts of her illness until her death in 1715 aged 74.