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DAY OUT: Claydon House (mid Bucks)

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There’s no shortage of gorgeous estates out in Bucks & Oxon, but I have to admit I’m rather fond of Claydon House in mid Bucks.

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It doesn’t have the big adventure playground of Waddesdon and Cliveden, and no-one can accuse the cafe of being trendy unless you find orange pine sexy. But the house is really interesting, particularly to any kids who are learning about Florence Nightingale, as this was her home for much of her life, and the gardens are open, relaxed, and very pretty.

There are really grand elements to the house – these inlaid banisters are so delicate that the spiral staircase is off limits now, but it’s a really stunning centrepiece to the house.

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The house itself dates from the 1750s, owned by the Verney family who still live there, and was designed to display their extraordinary wealth, with lavish apartments like this Chinese room (below) and the downstairs salon. (Trivia fans: the ornate fireplace featured in the Sunday Times Style mag just last weekend!).

The Chinese Room with its elaborately carved doorcase and Pagoda at Claydon House, Buckinghamshire03. Chimney

There’s plenty of Florence N memorabelia too, not least her own bedroom, where kids can, if not quite bounce on her bed, certainly sit or lie on it. That’s really unusual for a stately home, to allow kids to be so bums-on!

Outside is just lovely too. I took millions of photos but here are a couple to give you an idea.

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The kids bombed around, fighting on the back lawn (for tis the Muddy child way), and then pulled themselves together sufficiently to behave in the rather lovely rustic gift shop, below.

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You’ll probably muster a coffee and cake in the cafe – it’s actually really lovely if the weather is good enough to sit outside – but for a lunch out that way, you’re very close to Winslow (a pretty little town) and Adstock, which has The Old Thatched Inn. I haven’t been there so can’t vouch for it personally but have heard it’s good from a couple of other people I trust, so you could maybe give that a go too. Review it for me if you make it!

Middle Claydon, Bucks, MK18 2EX. claydonestate.co.uk

 

 

 

 

1 comment on “DAY OUT: Claydon House (mid Bucks)”

  • Lucinda Brown September 24, 2014

    Thank you for visiting my Vintage shop and gallery, the images are from springtime before all the planting really got under way. If you come again, plan your trip for the middle of June when it really takes off. I had so many compliments on my garden this year it was delightful.
    Claydon has very much its own flavour and because we don’t have the big event and advertising budgets of our neighbours Stowe House and Waddeston manor, we could use all the help we can get to generate more visitors.
    We have a friendly team here, all small business owners who depend on the summer trade for our livelihood, Claydon has a no-trade policy after the main house closes for the season. So for 5 months of the year we all have to find ways to keep going.
    Mine is to share my skills with clay to people who want to investigate their own creativity. I often end up with new friends as a result of these informal classes.

    Most people who find Lucinda Brown Gallery return later to source little treasures for gifts, everything here is chosen by myself or my friend Liz Coulter who supplies all the accessories for the two shops.
    So please come again in the summer when all is ripe and beautiful.
    Once again thank you and we all look forward to meeting you properly when you next visit.Kindest regards Lucinda Brown

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