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Built in the 1780s for the poet laureate, Henry Pye, Faringdon House is an elegant, neoclassical villa in the Palladian style. In the 20th century it belonged to Lord Berners, the composer, writer, painter and eccentric. Perfect for a big family christmas or an English Summer in the Cotswolds.
From £17,500 per week
The stream of famous guests in the mid 20th century included Stravinsky, Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein and H.G. Wells. Nancy mitford immortalised Faringdon House as Merlinford in The Pursuit of Love, with it’s eccentric owner, Lord Merlin, it’s coloured doves and folly tower up on the hill.
In 2014 the current owner Sofka Zinovieff, wrote ‘The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me’.
Inside Faringdon you will find beautiful internal plasterwork and an unusual double staircase, with a flying bridge over the hall. Much of the furnishings and art have remained since Lord Berner’s era; 17th century English portraits, antique mirrors and ornaments and both formal and more bohemian furniture. Touches of Berner’s whimsical humour also remain – a flock of brightly coloured doves still astonishes guests as they arrive at the house.
On the ground floor you will find the hall, drawing room, study, dining room and kitchen.
On the first floor there are 5 beautiful bedrooms, 3 are ensuite, which radiate off the main landing. An additional 3 bedrooms reside on the second floor. All are beautifully decorated.
The house is surrounded on all sides by its own gardens and park, just outside, yet secluded from, you will find the thriving and historic market town of Faringdon and on the doorstep of the Cotswolds.
Staff such as Chefs, Butlers, Babysitters and Maid Service can be arranged at an extra cost.