Aynhoe Park is a Grade I listed 17th century house on the Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire border.
Historically, it is associated with the powerful Cartwright family, who lived here from the early 17th century. The house was seriously damaged during the Civil War by Royalist forces following the Battle of Naseby. In 1707, Thomas Cartwright employed Thomas Archer to enlarge the Jacobean building and later that century, the park was laid out by Capability Brown.
Sir John Soane's redesign of the house between 1799 and 1804 based the house on its succession of six public rooms, from The Orangery to The Library. Soane reconfigured these with large, centrally doors and installed windows to allow more light into The Library. The effect achieved by this was a noble sequence of spaces, culminating in the Library and seemingly infinite view of the parkland and estate beyond. His vision, so expertly realised in the nineteenth century, has been enhanced and brought up to date by the current owner, James Perkins, who has decorated the rooms with taxidermy, gothic touches and one of the world's greatest private collections of the plaster casts and assorted artefacts, fully indulging a sense of theatre.
In a thoroughly modern way, James Perkins has re-invented his home, bringing it into the twenty-first century, whilst remaining sympathetic to its history - particularly so to Soane's vision of what a country house should be.
His restoration has been recognised by the Georgian Society, who awarded GL50 Properties a commendation in their 2009 Architectural Awards.
For more information please visit: www.aynhoepark.co.uk