The Fernery – Claydon House, Buckinghamshire


Claydon House is somewhere that I hold very close to me. My grandparents used to bring me here on summer afternoons as a child and some of my fondest memories are exploring the grounds with them.

We’d sit in the shade of a crooked tree in a field in front of the church and feast on freshly baked baguettes, cheese and elderflower wine (Grandad would even bring a teeny dessert wine glass for me to drink from).

I still come back to Claydon a lot as an adult – I actually shot this post here – Mostly on days when I’m feeling restless or anxious. I hop in my car with a book and a blanket and set myself up under that same tree. There’s a little second hand book store, a cafe and a few cute art galleries in site, so I’m in heaven here drinking tea and quietly browsing.

This little fernery is situated in the house gardens and had a bit of a makeover a couple of years ago. I can’t remember what it was before – a potting shed maybe?

Anyway, I was so pleased to find it’s now being used as a fernery and I spent a good 30 minutes in here admiring. I’m so glad they’ve also kept the wisteria growing round the windows. Come late spring this tiny fern house is covered in purple blooms and it’s just incredible (click here to see what it looks like in flower)!

Claydon House is owned by The National Trust and is open Friday – Wednesday, 11:00 – 17:00.

More info can be found here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/claydon

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