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Overview

Kingston Bagpuize House remains a family home. Surrounded by garden and parkland this beautiful early Georgian style house is in red brick with stone quoins, banding and window surrounds.

The entrance hall is dominated by the handsome cantilever staircase. The elegant reception rooms have period furniture and paintings.

The gardens are notable for an large collection of plants which give year round interest including snowdrops and Magnolia in spring, flowering trees and shrubs in summer and autumn colour from September. The raised terrace walk which leads the visitor to the charming 18th-century pavilion also has views towards the house and over the Woodland Garden.

The House and grounds offer exclusive use for weddings, private and corporate events and filming.


Opening
Opening

Garden only: Sundays in February.

House and garden: selected Sundays and Mondays from March to September (plus some Tuesdays in July and August); essential to check website for exact dates.

 

Find Us
Find us

On the eastern edge of Kingston Bagpuize village 1/2 mile south of the A420/A415 intersection.

From Oxford/ Swindon using Stagecoach bus no.66 bus. Alight at School Lane, Kingston Bagpuize - then a 10 minute walk along A415 (direction Abingdon & Millets Farm) and Rectory Lane.

Trains to Oxford from London ( Paddington Great Western and Marylebone Chiltern Railways).

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free
Parking is on grass, 2 minute walk to house. Suitable for coaches. Disabled parking available nearer house.

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit free except on event and charity days. 

House & Garden 
Adult £9
Child (11-21yrs) £5.50

Garden Only
Adult £6
Child (11-21yrs) £4.00

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome group visits throughout the year on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and some Fridays.

Please note: From May to September arrangements for Group Visits may differ as the House and Garden are open to the public on some weekday afternoons.

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A word from the owner

The actors Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Penelope Wilton visited in 2015 and 2016 for filming when the house was a location in the Downton Abbey TV series. The both commented, as many visitors do, on the welcoming atmosphere. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Things to See

Fun Facts

Kingston Bagpuize House was fortunate not to be requisitioned during WW2 when trees in the Garden Park and East Park were felled to make room for the Nissen huts required for the War Office Camp and the aircraft Hangars for Kingston Bagpuize Airfield sited to the eat of the village.

Evacuees from the London Blitz were accommodated for a short while in rooms on the top floor of the house and after they left those rooms were occasionally used by RAF and USAF officers. Miss Raphael who bought the house in 1939 remained in residence throughout the was and was a full time member of the Women's Auxiliary Police Corps (WAPC).

Reception on the lawn


Weddings

Kingston Bagpuize House is available as an exclusive use venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, allowing every bride and groom to have their wedding celebration custom made.

Exclusive use of the venue including the summer marquee (April to October) which can seat up to 150 guests.

For numbers over 150, there is the option of extending the marquee at an additional charge.

We do not book weddings on consecutive days.

For winter weddings from November to March, there is an additional charge for a bespoke marquee.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner
  • In-house catering
  • Guest parking

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Kingston Bagpuize House provide the facilities and staff to host a wide range of corporate events and activities.

Use the house and semi permanent marquee depending on activities and number of participants.

In December we host Christmas parties with a bespoke luxury marquee with capacity for 400+.

Every event is tailor made to suit the clients requirements with regular meetings, updates and full support guaranteed.

We have an extensive list of suppliers for provision of specific events such as team building games and days, themed events, charity events etc.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Breakfast
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments

The event was a huge success, confirmed by our client feedback questionnaire and we will be speaking soon to re organise our future events.