Aynhoe Park – architectural time capsule and an interior paradox

To describe Aynhoe Park in one word would be simply impossible, other than to say that it’s a paradoxical experience. Located an hour outside of London, in the Oxfordshire countryside, Aynhoe Park was originally built in 1615, in Jacobean style architecture with Palladian splendor. While its interiors continuously undergone major and minor renovations that added Baroque details to the estate, its gardens were designed by renowned English landscape architect, Capability Brown. In 2006, Aynhoe Park was purchased by James Perkins who was determined to reinstate this historical country house to its original opulence while adding contemporary design elements and a whimsical touch to its bespoke interior experience.

Aynhoe Park exterior

Aynhoe Park interior

Aynhoe Park magnificent interiors

The result is an effervescent mélange of irony, storytelling and daring design choices some of which include triceratops skull in the library, a flying giraffe, Hercules at the foot of the main stairwell or a unicorn that lives in the orangery. Its extravagant interior choices include furniture options that range from bygone primness in the form of velvet chesterfield sofas and armchairs to modern minimalism that’s realized though Kartell’s plastic Louis Ghost armchairs that equally contribute to the sheer extravagance that’s so unique to Aynhoe Park. Operated as a wedding venue as well as a destination for corporate retreats, festivals and other formal events, Aynhoe Park is a sensorial decadence that never seizes to surprise its visitors with compelling stories, suggestive history, and unforgettable sense of magic.

Aynhoe Park featuring Louis Ghost chairs by Kartell

Aynhoe Park main stairwell

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    One Response to “Aynhoe Park – architectural time capsule and an interior paradox”

    1. Karo says:

      Thanks for the review!jlshannon74 at gmail.com