The Woolavington Collection is one
of the finest collections of sporting art in the world and certainly the finest in Europe. Started by Sir James Buchanan Bt (afterwards Lord Woolavington), great-grandfather
of the present owner, it is a quintessentially British genre of art.
This collection was formed principally at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century and originally assembled at Lavington Park in Sussex. It was later removed to Cottesbrooke when Lord Woolavington’s descendants, the Macdonald-Buchanan family, came to live here in the 1930s.
It is probably correct to say that the collection is the finest of its type in Europe and surpassed only by the Mellon collection in the USA. A number of portraits and other fine paintings can be seen, as well as many bronzes including several of the French 19th Century Animalier school.
In addition to the Woolavington Collection, there is also a collection of notable furniture, including excellent 18th century English and French, as well as English, continental and Chinese porcelain.