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Aynhoe Park

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HISTORY

It is a 17th century country house, rebuilt after the English Civil War. The house is privately owned and is no longer open to the public, but can be hired for some private functions, including weddings.

Aynhoe Park is a main block with a pediment with lower service blocks on each side, forming a courtyard. The arrangement dates from the early 18th century, when Thomas Archer was hired to expand the Jacobean house. Archer, who had visited Italy, added unusual details of the late Baroque, such as the concave notches on the central doors of the service blocks. The front middle of the garden has remained virtually unchanged since it was built in the 1660s.

The interiors, created by Archer, with the exception of the main staircase, have been remodeled. Aynhoe Park, however, maintained the rooms designed by Soane. He was instructed to prepare projects for a complete remodeling of the interior in 1795 - drawings for this work can be seen at the Sir John Soane Museum in London; but these interiors were never built. Soane also created the staircase with its iron balustrade in the south wing and the "triumphal arches" that connect the main block to the service wings.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

What a fabulous scenario. Really fantastic location. Old building with a variety of well decorated rooms. The decor is opulent and quirky features are everywhere. Lovely views of the countryside and the deer park. The church is a great place for weddings. There is even a bar in the basement. Impressive beyond words. An absolute gem, ready to house your wedding ceremony.

CURIOSITIES

• The surroundings represent an initial formal garden with a landscaped park. The gardens were built by Mr. Guilliam from 1701 to 1714 and the park, from 1760 to 1763, by Capability Brown.
• More recently, the Hall was owned by the Casas do Campo Association until it went into liquidation in 2003. It was remodeled in 2004 by James Perkins, and is now available for weddings and parties.
• Musician Noel Gallagher held his 50th birthday party at the house in 2017.

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