Surrounding the house are 120 acres of classical parkland, landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the most eminent landscape architect of the eighteeth-century. Exhibitions and events have both featured, and enjoyed, these acres with outdoor summer events by contemporary artists, film shows and live opera on a big screen via satellite direct from Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

The original 'Capability' Brown 'pleasure grounds', which are already home to a rich variety of wildlife, are being restored and replanted, to improve habitats and enhance visitors' enjoyment.
Compton Verney, near Stratford-upon-Avon in south Warwickshire, is a Grade I-listed building, remodelled by the eighteenth-century architect Robert Adam and set in 120 acres of grounds created by the famous landscape artist Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.

A derelict 'building at risk', it was rescued by the Peter Moores Foundation in 1993. Compton Verney is run by the Compton Verney House Trust, a body which was set up by the Foundation to transform the mansion into a gallery of international standard where art can be enjoyed in a welcoming, informal environment, without the usual air of solemnity. To date, the Peter Moores Foundation has committed millions to the creation of the gallery and to the acquisition of art for its collections.
A new, purpose-built extension to the House provides the principal gallery space for temporary exhibitions and a Learning Centre catering for all ages. A lively educational programme has been established with local communities. Exhibitions range from those designed to complement the permanent collections, to major loan exhibitions, newly-commissioned work from contemporary artists and thematic shows.
There are six permanent collections. Four of these have been built up especially for Compton Verney and continue to grow: Naples 1600-1800, Northern European 1450 – 1650, British Portraits and Chinese bronzes - one of the three best collections in Europe - dating from the early Shang Dynasty (about 1700 to 1050 BC) to the Han Dynasty (206 BC to AD 220).

In 1993 the Peter Moores Foundation saved Andras Kalman's British Folk Art Collection from being split up and sold abroad. The purchase of this unique collection led to the bequest, in 1998, of the Marx-Lambert collection by the designer Enid Marx. Together these form the largest collection of British folk art in the UK.
All six collections, much of which have never been on public view before, have been gifted to the Compton Verney Collection Settlement.

Sir Peter was bowled over by the art that he first discovered when visiting Germany and Italy as a young man, his interest in later years extending to the antique treasures of China . He has always wished to enable a wider public to share his enjoyment and the purchase of Compton Verney House by the Foundation has given him the opportunity to realize that aim.