Aynhoe Park is a magical place, a Grade I listed Palladian mansion overlooking a sweeping Capability Brown landscape, where an inescapable feeling of history is fused with playfulness in a unique style.
Here in this historical wonderland, flying giraffes, cabinets of curiosity, flamingos, classical columns, circus lights, antiques and contemporary art harmoniously unite to create an enchanting environment which has left a lasting impression on visitors from the world over.
For those fortunate to have visited Aynhoe in its current guise will best recall its sense of theatre, creativity, and the seamless blend of the ancient, the modern and the downright quirky. By placing no limits on his collecting odyssey, James has skilfully amassed the multidimensional archive of objects and images that come together to elicit the world of Aynhoe.
We must not forget that homes such as these traditionally were places of grand entertainment and lavish spectacle and throughout its history, Aynhoe Park has received famous visitors from Charles I to Winston Churchill. It is in the role as host that both James and Sophie have most enjoyed, sharing their home and the collection with a wide but exclusive audience. Aynhoe re-reincarnated has become a temple of entertainment, and celebration for royalty, dignitaries, musicians, and fashionistas of the modern day. Known and loved around the world Aynhoe Park was recently awarded the global accolade of ‘Best Venue’.
When looking back at the last fifteen years, many people will hold their own memory of Aynhoe, each unique, but the legacy will continue. James and Sophie have been responsible for combining the demand of 21stCentury living with an architectural integrity, embracing a 400 year old country house, to entertain, and excite and importantly secure a future for this and other country houses.
This enduring vision is something James and Sophie take with them and their family as they begin their new chapter at their next project, Parnham Park, Dorset.
An amazing opportunity has arisen to own a true piece of English history, as the contents of the 17th century Grade I Palladian country house, Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire, are to be offered by Dreweatts in a three-day auction titled Aynhoe Park: The Celebration of a Modern Grand Tour, from 20 - 22 January 2021.
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