• Uncover Derbyshire’s historical country houses, from Haddon Hall, the quintessential medieval manor, to Kedleston Hall, Robert Adam’s beautifully restored neoclassical masterpiece
• Enjoy visits to private houses including Tissington Hall and Renishaw Hall
• Examine world-famous collections of furniture, paintings and decorative arts
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Tour assembles 1230 at Chesterfield Station followed by 1300 at Rutland Arms Hotel, Bakewell. Afternoon: Haddon Hall (fortified medieval manor house). Evening introductory talk. Four nights at Rutland Arms Hotel.
Morning: Kedleston Hall (stunning 18th century ‘temple of the arts’ with Robert Adam interiors) and gardens. Afternoon: Sudbury Hall (late 17th century house with lavish interiors) and Tissington Hall (Jacobean house with later additions).
Morning: Staunton Harold Church (17th century with fine panelled interior) and Melbourne Church. Afternoon: Melbourne Hall and gardens (early 18th century garden in the manner of Le Notre).
Morning: Bolsover Castle (Stuart castle built for Sir Charles Cavendish). Afternoon: Hardwick Hall (Elizabethan prodigy house built for Bess of Hardwick). Evening talk.
Morning: Renishaw Hall (home of the Sitwell family for over 350 years) and gardens. Tour disperses c 1400 at Chesterfield Station followed by c 1445 at the hotel.
6 Sep — 10 Sep 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
A good level of fitness is required for this tour, as it involves a moderate amount of walking, including over uneven ground and potentially slippery surfaces. Please note that historical buildings do not always have lifts, so participants must be comfortable with navigating stairs, often without handrails.
Cost of £1195 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £40, double room for single use supplement £75.