Newark Park, a Grade 1 listed country house with Tudor origins, sits at the southern end of the Cotswold escarpment enjoying views down the Severn Valley.
A Tudor hunting lodge built between 1544 and 1556 for Sir Nicholas Poyntz, a Groom of the Privy Chamber to Henry VIII.
Remodelled in 1790 into a house by James Wyatt, a rival architect of Robert Adam. Amongst many of his commissions Wyatt was also responsible for carrying out alterations to Windsor Castle.
The Estate was given to the National Trust in 1949. The Trust let it out to tenants who ran it as a nursing home. By 1970 the house was in a state of disrepair and the gardens overgrown. An American, from Texas, architect Robert Parsons took on the tenancy of the house and began a painstaking programme of renovation, and conservation to both the house and the grounds. He died in 2000 but the house still retains his eclectic collection of furniture and artefacts.
Robert seems to have had a passion for pottery swans, they are all over the house.
This swan from his collection is similar to one we have. Ours came from H's grandmother's parents farm so must date to around 1850. I know nothing at all about these pottery swans, I don't like ours, so have hidden it away.
17th century Old leather jug, tankard, and water container
Another corner of his bedroom where he has had fun painting the wood panelling.