Newark House began life as a hunting lodge over 450 years ago. The courtier, Nicholas Poyntz established it as a place for hunting parties to gather before setting off around the estate.
A nearby dissolved abbey provided the building blocks for the lodge in the form of medieval stones.
Expansion and remodelling
Over the next 400 years his 'New Worke' was expanded and remodelled with the largest and most significant building phase taking place in the 1790s by the Reverend Lewis Clutterbuck.
His ancestor, Catherine Annie Power-Clutterbuck left Newark Park to the National Trust in 1949. In 1970, an American architect by the name of Robert Parsons moved in. It took him nearly 30 years to restore most of the house and uncover period features.
The last tenant moved out in 2012 and the house is now home to a quirky collection.