Explore Claydon House
Claydon house is still home to the Verney family. You can wonder around the east wing, enjoy their fascinating collections and discover some beautiful architecture.
Set in the rolling Buckinghamshire countryside, Claydon House has been the seat of the Verney family since 1620. The present house is almost entirely eighteenth century having undergone major redevelopment in 1757 and 1771 to rival the nearby manor house at Stowe. Today, only a fragment of the great house is still standing with its magnificent eighteenth-century state rooms. Much of the interior woodwork and elaborate carvings found throughout the house are unique to Claydon.
The museum room is home to a collection of curiosities that have been collected on the many travels of the Verney family. From swords to flags and even an orange that was given to a soldier by Florence Nightingale while in the Crimea.
The highlight of the museum has to be the gamelan, a religious musical instrument from Java. Bought by Sir Harry Verney in 1861 from Sir Stamford Raffles with six months of his wife Parthenope’s allowance.
Ever seen a Chinese pagoda? Claydon has one of the last few of these chinoserie style icons left. This room was created simply as a space to enjoy your cup of tea.
The gem of Claydon is the beautiful staircase made of mahogany, boxwood and ebony with ivory inserts in a geometric pattern. Unfortunately it is too fragile to walk on now but legend has it that the staircase ‘sings’.