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6. Ascott House

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Ascott House

‘A palace like cottage, the most luxurious and lovely thing I ever saw’. This was how the British Prime Minister Gladstone’s daughter, Mary, described Ascott after a visit in the 1880’s.

The nucleus of the remarkable collection of art at Ascott, particularly the French furniture and most of the pictures, was inherited in the late 19th century by Leopold de Rothschild from his father.
The collection was further enhanced by Anthony de Rothschild (1887-1961) who added English furniture, paintings and a remarkable collection of over 400 pieces of Chinese ceramics.

The gardens at Ascott House are a mixture of the formal and informal, laid out in the Old English style with more recent additions such as a wild garden area.
Cricket at Ascott House 
Cricket has always formed an important part of life at Ascott. The first match took place on 28th August 1880.

The Coronation Cup is a midweek competition for local village clubs with both the semi finals and the final being staged at Ascott  Park. It is one of the first limited overs competitions played in the country.

Whilst Ascott Park is committed to keeping pace with the modern innovations of the present age of competitive cricket, the very best traditions of Country House cricket remain. On entering Ascott Park one could easily picture the scene of 100 years ago, little has changed, perhaps just the mode of transport! Even the old striped blazer and hooped cap is still in evidence.

For more details or queries regarding Cricket at Ascott Park, contact Mr Michael Pilgrim at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Ascott House Address:      
Ascott House        
Ascott Estate Office Wing
Leighton Buzzard
England, UK

Ascott House Opening Times:  
House & Garden
23rd March to 25th April, daily except Monday
27th April to 22nd July, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
27th July to 10th September, daily except Monday
Opening Hours
2.00 pm to 6.00 pm (last admission 5.00 pm)
Ascott House Admission:           
House & Garden     
Adult £8.40 
Child £4.20

Garden Only           
Adult £4.20 
Child £2.10

T  +44(0) 1296 688242

F  +44(0) 1296 681904

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W  Ascott Estate Website 
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