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.
Garden only: (snowdrops): 3, 10, 17 & 24 Feb.
House and garden:
March: 10, 11, 24 & 25
April: 7, 8, 14, 15, 28 & 29
May: 12, 13, 26 & 27
June: 9, 10, 23 & 24
July: 7-9 & 21-23
August: 4-6 & 18-20
Sept: 1, 2, 15 & 16
All days 2-5pm (last entry to house 4pm). Free flow visit to ground floor.
Sunday 24 February: Kingston Bagpuize Snowdrop Fair 11am-2pm (see website for further details)
Sunday 26 May: Rare Plant Fair 11am – 4pm (www.rareplantfair.co.uk)
Saturday 29 June: Village Fete 1-4pm - Garden open
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).
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit free except on event and charity days.
House & Garden
Child (11-21yrs) £5.50
Child (11-21yrs) £4.00
- Accessible parking
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible toilets
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.
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.
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).
Please note that no dogs are allowed in the House, Gardens or Plant Fair (except assistance dogs).
This 18th century house is in a unique setting on the edge of The White Horse Vale and surrounded by its beautiful garden and parkland.
The area of garden to the immediate east and north of the house was formal in layout and today this remains the case. The lawns once graced by majestic trees are now largely open; the vista from the east, looking up the beech avenue towards the house, framed by the four Wellingtonias planted around 1860, confirm the importance of this historic house both within and beyond its immediate landscape.
The long mixed border immediately north of the house is planted with roses a wide range of perennial and herbaceous plants and in spring snowdrops and tulips. At the far end, a large Magnolia soulangeana makes a dramatic backdrop when in bloom in late spring. Passing the ornamental gate choice climbers are planted against the south facing wall of the Terrace Walk.
The formal earlier garden is easily imagined with the standard Prunus lusitanica “Portuguese Laurel” around the fountain. With an underground cistern it suggests there has long been a water feature here.
Beyond the small ornamental gate steps led up to the terrace border. This has been planted over the last 20 years as a dry garden with drought tolerant plants giving interest and colour through the seasons. At the end of the terrace is the Pavilion which offers lovely views over the garden.
Admission: Please note that Historic Houses members will not receive free entry on this day.
Fair & Gardens: Adults £5.00, Children over 11 £3.00
House, Fair & Gardens: Adults £8.00, Children £4.50
Please visit the Rare Plant Fair website for further information.
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.
INSIDE THE MARQUEE
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.
The event was a huge success, confirmed by our client feedback questionnaire and we will be speaking soon to re organise our future events.