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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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.
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.
How it started..
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 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.