Ardington House was built in 1720 and has been the home of the Baring family for several generations and is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country.
The family is best known for founding the famous merchant bank after starting as wool merchants in Exeter in the early 18th century. Pictures of the family hang in many of the rooms of the House, including that of Francis Baring, the founder of the Bank. Visitors can also see pictures of other members of the family, some of whom have been cabinet ministers, colonial governors, members of the House of Lords and Governors of the Bank of England.
The house was built by the Strong brothers and is famous for its imperial staircase. Leading from the Hall the staircase has two matching flights leading into one and is considered by experts to be one of the finest examples in Britain.
The main rooms of the House are adorned with many paintings and furniture from several periods.
The House is open to the public for 6 weeks each summer commencing August 1st and also on bank holidays Mondays in April and May. Opening times are 11 - 2pm, Monday to Friday. Private tours can be arranged at other times, subject to availability.
King Edward VII at an Ardington House party