Oliver at home in Derbyshire. Photograph by Elisabeth Stoppard

Oliver at home in Derbyshire. Photograph by Elisabeth Stoppard

Oliver Gerrish 

Oliver was educated at Harrow School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the University of Cambridge. He is an architectural historian, professional opera singer and impresario. He has led over two hundred tours to many architectural treasures over the last fifteen years. He was one of the youngest feature writers for Country Life magazine, and has written for a number of periodicals both in the United Kingdom and the United States. Oliver is a trustee of the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust and founder of their Architecture Awards. In 2016 he founded Historic Decoration, a series of study days based at Robert Adam’s Syon House exploring all aspects of the history of British interior design, with the interior designer Caroline Percy. 

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Oliver meeting HRH Prince of Wales at The Ritz

Oliver meeting HRH Prince of Wales at The Ritz

Oliver meeting HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Guards' Chapel

Oliver meeting HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Guards' Chapel

On tour!

On tour!

Zuleika with one of her cakes on her photoshoot for Country Life magazine 2016

Zuleika with one of her cakes on her photoshoot for Country Life magazine 2016

Zuleika Parkin 

Zuleika Parkin was educated at Gresham’s School, Oxford Brookes and Wimbledon School of Art. She has managed a number of high profile and successful galleries, as well as running her family business, Michael Parkin Fine Art. She is a professional cake-maker, and specialises in the unique ‘Cakely Homes’. She is Operations Manager for the  Mayfair-based Antique Jewellery Company.

With one of her 'Cakely Homes' in front of the house!

With one of her 'Cakely Homes' in front of the house!

At a charity auction with Sotheby's Richard Fattorini, raising funds for pangolins, at Patrick Mavros

At a charity auction with Sotheby's Richard Fattorini, raising funds for pangolins, at Patrick Mavros

Another exhibition, another sale...

Another exhibition, another sale...

Tixall in front of Syon House, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Northumberland

Tixall in front of Syon House, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Northumberland

Tixall 

Tixall is Oliver and Zuleika's very friendly patterdale terrier and favourite wedding present. She loves country houses and their parks! You can follow her on her own tours @Tixall_the_patterdale on Instagram. She is named after Tixall, a hamlet in Staffordshire, in which Oliver spent much of his childhood.

Love a good park!

Love a good park!

Reading Country Life's Posh Dogs

Reading Country Life's Posh Dogs

After an exhausting day..

After an exhausting day..


How it started.. 

Oliver and Zuleika at the Georgian Group Ball, December 2014.

Oliver and Zuleika at the Georgian Group Ball, December 2014.

Oliver Gerrish and Zuleika met through historic buildings. They were both brought up around historic places – Zuleika in Norfolk in the midst of Humphry Repton’s famous park at Gunton, and Oliver close to John Nash’s palatial Regent’s Park terraces. One of Oliver’s grandfathers moved a Capability Brown temple stone by stone to his garden in the 1960s, and along with his parents (a painting restorer and gilder) encouraged him to always look at the extraordinary architecture we can sometimes take for granted -  in fact, aged 9, Oliver discovered he was short-sighted after his mother asked him to tell her about the cornice on top of the now forlorn Clandon Park!

Both Oliver and Zuleika, despite being relatively young, have moved in the world of architecture and art for many years – Oliver as chairman of The Young Georgians (the youth chapter ofThe Georgian Group, which he refounded in 2002 and led until retiring from the position in 2016), and Zuleika as part of her father’s well-known art business, Michael Parkin Fine Art.

Oliver and Zuleika on their wedding day at St Andrew's Church, Gunton Park, Norfolk, 24th September 2016

Oliver and Zuleika on their wedding day at St Andrew's Church, Gunton Park, Norfolk, 24th September 2016

Oliver and Zuleika have a detailed and encyclopedic knowledge of the great houses and art collections of Britain – it seemed natural to make a business out of something they both enjoy so much.

Zuleika and Oliver met in 2010 when the former joined the Young Georgians. They bonded over their shared passion for historic houses. They were married on 24th September 2016.

No pun intended, the tours marry both Oliver's knowledge of music and architecture with Zuleika's knowledge of artworks and baking. The pair create unique and original  tours, which are completely bespoke to you.