Newark Park (Gloucs)

Herein lies an Elizabethan Hunting Lodge, extended by the Georgians & Victorians into a home which was given to the National Trust in 1949 (who leased it to a nursing home – hence the sense of institutionalisation).  The NT encouraged the house’s restoration by an American tenant from about 1970 onwards (as by that time it was in a poor condition) and following his death in 2000 the house was opened to the public.

The house has wonderful views of the Ozleworth Valley from the upper floor, sitting atop a ridge in Gloucester.

However, the interiors are uninspiring, the visitor facilities minimal.   Apart from the original Elizabeth façade above, I would rather not have bothered visiting.  Boo hoo.

The original hunting lodge was only one room deep, so all the lies the other side of the entrance hall is newer.

When visited: May 2014


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