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We found another beautiful National Trust property to visit today. Newark Park started life as a Tudor Hunting Lodge and is located in Ozleworth, Gloucestershire.  Like many similar houses it was extended and remodelled several times during it’s lifespan and in the late eighteenth century was bought by a wealthy clergyman, Rev. Clutterbuck who set about landscaping the grounds and improving the house.

The property came to the National Trust in 1949 in a sorry state and was let out as a residential care home for about twenty years and was then let to an American tenant, Robert Parsons, in 1970. Parsons sank a fortune into the place and rebuilt and remodelled extensively.

In recent years the Trust have taken management of the property again and have opened it to the public.

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The gardens are extensive and for the most part presented in an informal, semi-wild style, with swathes of wild plants dominating the steep banks.  There is a more formal, walled garden next to the house presented in an italian style. A small lake below the house is a perfect wildlife habitat and a small, recently discovered summerhouse must have been a perfect viewing station.

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On the day of our visit much of the house was given over to an exhibition of art.  A bit of a disappointment to me to be honest as I enjoy seeing the rooms of these houses staged in various periods and much of the art on display was lost on me.  If you can explain to me the significance of a fireplace full of feathers or a skeletal mattress suspended above a mirror, well don’t bother to be honest.  I’ll come back another day and see the house properly. One or two of the rooms were well presented though, here’s a couple more pictures.

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There was an unexpected bonus to our visit today, they were holding a vintage car rally, with some superb models on show.  See the next post for some photos.

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