Clandon Park House is an early 18th-century grade I listed Palladian mansion in West Clandon, designed and built by Italian architect Giacomo Leoni for the Onslow family. It remained in the Onslow family for 400 years, but fell into disrepair and was given to the National Trust in 1956.
It was badly damaged by fire in April 2015, probably caused by an electrical fault in the basement, leaving it "essentially a shell", with only one room, the Speaker's Parlour, intact.
Over the last four years the house has been safe again so that the public can look at the brickwork of the walls and fabulous marble fireplaces that remain intact. There are walkways on both the ground floor (only accessible via steps) and the basement.
We have permission to take a group of no more than 15 people, to be the first visitors of the day (first entry is at 10.15am). It is a hard-hat and hi-vis jacket environment, with no more than 20 people allowed in at any time. If you are late, you may not be in the same timed entry as others in our group.
A full safety briefing is given before entering the house.
It is likely that in 2020 the NT will start to rebuild the state rooms on the ground floor to their original splendour, so access may be more limited. This is almost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the house before work starts.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
If you have a zoom lens, this will enable you to capture more detail of the features higher up the walls.
After viewing inside the house you are free to stroll around the small 4 acre garden that surrounds it. This includes a Maori meeting house brought back from New Zealand by the 4th Earl of Onslow.
The grounds also have a grotto and plunge pool, one of the earliest designed by Giacomo Leoni.
Further afield there is a bulb meadow (we'll probably be too late in Spring for the full beauty) and the Dutch Garden with old topiary. You can also see the church of St Peter and St Paul (not NT).
Entry is £8.40 for adults, with free entry for National Trust members.
Amenities are still limited following the fire, but temporary toilets (one accessible) are available close to Visitor Reception in the car park. Limited refreshments are available from our reception building, including hot drinks. You can picnic in the garden, if you wish.
PARKING and MEETING POINT
We will meet at 9.50am LATEST in the car park. We want to be the first through the entrance as the property opens.
The car park is signed (it's the FIRST turning on the right shortly after you turn off the road into the site). If you miss the turning it's a long way down to the garden centre!
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There is a £2 attendance fee to assist with the running costs of the group.
Please pay at the meeting point. Thank you.