Newark Park stands atop the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley and the Mendips beyond. The estate is situated in an unspoilt corner of Gloucestershire, with barely a sign of modern life visible in any direction. This is a place of architectural interest, charming gardens and sprawling parkland. The 'New Worke' was built by Sir Nicholas Poyntz, an influential courtier to Henry VIII, in the mid-16th century. Over the centuries various families lived here, but by the 1970s it had fallen into a state of disrepair. It was taken over by Texan architects Robert Parsons and Michael Claydon, who restored it to its former status. The lawns are ideal for picnics or a light meal from the catering pavilion.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- No lift available, grounds have steep slopes with uneven paths
- Facilities: Ramp access to ground floor of house, grounds partly accessible, drop off point for wheelchair users
- Opening Times: Open Snowdrop wknd early Feb, 11-4; 1-27 Feb, Wed-Mon, 11-4; Mar-30 Oct, Wed-Sun 11–5; 4 Nov-10 Dec, Sat-Sun 11-4. Closed Tue & Jan
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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