On a chilly autumn morning in North London, the James Lakeland team gather at HQ for one of the biggest shoots of the year, SS20. 8AM we set off in convoy to a location that will take us to a place none of us will ever forget.
Regal gates take us to dreamy, magical stately home. Our eyes feast on a sweeping driveway, which leads us into a weird and wonderful interior. Quirky chandeliers and lightening, stuffed animals, modern and renaissance art and roman column pillars, fill every corner of this majestic home.
In the heart of the Cotswolds countryside lies this 17th-century stately 28-bedroom country house in Oxford. Aynhoe Park is a place to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of modern day world. And discover a new tranquil in elegant surroundings. A surprise awaits behind every door. Today we are privileged to be shooting the James Lakeland SS20 collection at this wonderful location.
The house is a living museum of art and curiosities. Our photographer John Swannell, one of the biggest names in British photography, is already testing the lightening and equipment in the Orangery. Light pouring through the original period arched windows, reflected off disco balls, it was full steam ahead.
The History of Aynhoe Park
The estate was purchased in the 17th century by John Cartwright, but the house he built in 1615 was seriously damaged during the Civil War by Royalist Forces following the Battle of Naseby. It was rebuilt after the Civil War in 1707. To the design of Edward Marshall, Master Mason of Charles II’s office of works. Aynhoe Park is now the passion project and family home of James and Sophie Perkins.
What to Do Locally
Aynhoe Park is located in the Cotswolds, near to wonderful things to do and places to eat. Organise a trip to any of the following attractions. Bicester Village, Silverstone Race Circuit, Cotswold Farm Park, Riding Schools, Blenheim Palace or The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
A History Walk around Aynho Village
Take time to stroll around the apricot village. Discover the centuries-old houses and learn more about Aynho’s history. Enjoy your walking!
- The Village Hall
- The Grammar
- The Row of Cottages
- The Cartwright Hotel
- The Square
- The Old White
- National School
- The Aims Houses
- Butts Close/Blacksmiths Hill
- Blacksmiths Hill
- Skittle Alley, Hollow Way, Rambler Cottage
- The Stocks
- College Farm
- Aynhoe Park