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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.

Claydon stars in Far From the Madding Crowd

Transformed for filming in 2014, Claydon's hitting the big screen on 1 May in Far From the Madding Crowd. Two dresses worn by Carey Mulligan during the Christmas party are now on display in the house.

Claydon character talks

Claydon House rare wedding suit

Claydon House rare wedding suit

Join us for tea and cake to discover more about Claydon's hidden histories and the very colourful characters that have walked the halls. With talks from the knowledgeable team, some of whom have known Claydon for more than 40 years, you might uncover a few surprises. Booking is essential for this event. Please call 01296 730349 or pop into reception to guarantee your place.

Geocaching taster weekend

Calling adventurers of all ages, come along and try out our Geoaching taster weekend on July 18th and 19th from 11am to 4pm. A modern treasure hunt around the grounds of Claydon.

July 2015 outdoor theatre

This year we are proud to be hosting an outdoor theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come and watch this Shakesperian classic with friends and family on our west terrace for a evening of entertainment. Bring a picnic, deck chairs or a blanket so you can really sit back, relax and enjoy the production.

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