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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

One of the Claydon conservation team hard at work

One of the Claydon conservation team hard at work

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

Find out about our history from one of these characters

You can

  • 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.

Winter walks

It’s just as much fun to be outside in the winter

Although the house is closed over the winter, why not put on your wellies and take a wintery walk around the lake. Try and spot some of the birds who live here over the winter, or look for the shimmering spider webs as they glisten in the frosty air.

Claydon's colourful characters

Baroness Mary Fermanagh

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.



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