A few miles down the road from Stowe is Claydon House. It belonged to the Verney family for around 300 years (the current descendants still have a flat within the house) and passed to the National Trust in 1956.The exterior of the house hides a lavish interior filled with oddities, stunning carvings and Verney family portraits (no photography allowed). Florence Nightingale spent her summers at Claydon, because her sister became the second wife of Harry Verney, the 2nd baronet. He had apparently courted, and been rejected by, Florence first. The garden is managed by the Verney family, so there is a small entrance fee (reduced rate for National Trust members). It was originally designed by John Sanderson, a pupil of ‘Capability’ Brown in the eighteenth century and there are beautiful herbaceous borders, attractive pools, an extensive walled garden and an unusual historic glass house.The estate is now closed to the public until mid-March 2019.
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