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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

Volunteer conservationists

Volunteer conservationists

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.

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

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

Winter sunsets across the lake

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

Sir John Verney with the 3 wives

Sir John Verney, 1st Viscount of Fermanagh has his portrait in the pink parlour, along with his 3 wives. He is credited with restoring the family fortunes through his dealings as a merchant with the Levant, African and East India companies. He is described as having ' a countenance pale and ghastly; a large polypus descending from his right nostril' .


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