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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.
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Barbara Shaw - Artist in Residence
Barbara Shaw, a textile artist, is our artist in residence this year. Head up to the Paper Room to see Barbara's gorgeous works commissioned especially for Claydon and see her demonstrating her fabulous craft at weekends during August.
A quieter visit
We know that many people enjoy a quieter visit, with more time to speak with the room guides and really delve into the history of Claydon. Weekends tend to be our busiest times so for a more peaceful day out, try visiting us on a Monday or Tuesday
Second-hand bookshop sale
Pick up a bargain at our second-hand bookshop sale from Saturday 29 - Monday 31 August. Check out the events page for more details