Aynhoe Park has to be our all time favourite eccentric venue. It really does embody true English eccentricity at its best! After all, Aynhoe Park is the only place I’ve come across a life size taxidermy zebra that’s been made into a rocking horse. Not to mention a taxidermy giraffe which is suspended, floating off the floor, by giant ceramic balloons. (I ought to mention that all the stuffed animals are Victorian, before people knew better!)
This is one place that manages to return you to that childlike state of wonder. Betty and I were walking around with our mouths open in disbelief… and we’ve worked at some fancy places!
We recently did a wedding there and we can recommend this place if you’re looking for a fantastical and unique venue. From the gardens to the powder rooms… everything is truly exquisite! The owner James Perkins, is an avid art collector & has a very quirky style & an eye for the unusual. His collection includes furniture by Mark Brazier Jones (rock god of furniture design) and Ben Rousseau to name but a few.
Here is a sneak peek of the set we designed for the happy couple – the brief was Arabian Nights.
Here are some pics I snapped on my phone. But bear in mind they really don’t do it justice!