Clandon Park has been the home of the Onslow family since 1641. Thomas, 2nd Baron Onslow commissioned Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni to built the present red-brick and marble manor in 1731.
Clandon is renowned for its collection of 18th-century furniture, carpets, needlework, (Chinese, Meissen and Sevres) porcelain, acquired in the 1920s by the connoisseur Mrs David Gubbay. The manor also prides itslef on its Italian comedy figures and Mortlake tapestries.
But the most impressive of all is the grand Marble Hall, built on two-storeys, and considered as one of the best example of 18th-century interior. The chimney pieces were sculpted by the celebrated Italo-Swiss stuccoists, Michael Rysbrack.
The Maori House beside the sunken Dutch garden may seem a bit out of place. It was brought back from New Zealand in 1892 by Lord Onslow (then Governor of New Zealand) after the house was half-buried in lava and ashes following the eruption of Mount Tarawera 6 years earlier.
Opening Hours & Admission
Clandon House & Garden are open between 28 March and 31 October, from Tuesday to Thursday and Sundays from 11am to 5pm. Admission is £6 for adults, £3 for children or £15 for a family ticket. Combined tickets with Hatchlands Park cost £9.
How to get there
Clandon is located on the A247 road, 5km east of Guildford. Trains from London Waterloo to Clandon take 50min to 1h (£7.50).
Coming from Portsmouth, you should change train at Guildford, or get off there (1h from Portsmouth, £13.30) , then take bus 478/9 (Guildford-Epsom) or Countryliner 463 (Guildford-Woking).