Faringdon House

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Statue in the grounds of Faringdon House

Faringdon House is a Grade I listed house in Faringdon, Oxfordshire.

It was built in about 1770-85 for Sir Henry James Pye, the Poet Laureate.[1]

It was the country home of Lord Berners, who inherited it in 1918, and moved in in 1931, along with his companion, Robert Heber-Percy, nearly 30 years his junior and known as "the Mad Boy". In 1942, Heber-Percy married Jennifer Ross, the only child of Sir Geoffrey Fry, 1st Baronet, and they had a daughter, Victoria, although the menage-a-trois lasted only two years before Jennifer and their daughetr moved to her parents home, Oare House, in Wiltshire.[2]

Lord Berners died in 1950, and Heber-Percy inherited the house.[2]

It now belongs to the writer Sofka Zinovieff, the granddaughter of Heber-Percy.[3][4]

As of September 2017, it is for sale at £11.5 million.[5][6]


  1. ^ England, Historic. "FARINGDON HOUSE, Great Faringdon - 1048410- Historic England". historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "A Palladian gem immortalised by Nancy Mitford". houseandgarden.co.uk. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Cooke, Rachel (19 October 2014). "The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me review – a family saga with all the trimmings". The Observer. London. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Cecil, Mirabel (18 October 2014). "My mad gay grandfather and me". The Spectator. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Faringdon House Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8AE". search.savills.com. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  6. ^ http://search.savills.com//content/assets/properties/gblhchlac150171/LAC150171_LAC17002815.PDF