• From a base in York, explore a selection of the region’s best country houses, including some special visits to private homes
• Enjoy a tour of Clifton Castle, a late Georgian mansion with spectacular views of Wensleydale, in the company of its owner, the Marquess of Downshire
• Visit Temple Newsam, sometimes described as the ‘Hampton Court of the North’ and one of the great treasure houses of Georgian furniture and other British decorative arts
Art historian and museum curator
Tour assembles 1330 at The Grange Hotel, York, for five nights. Afternoon: Lotherton Hall (Edwardian house, formerly home of the Gascoigne family). Evening introductory lecture.
Morning: Farnley Hall (17th century house with 18th century additions – subject to confirmation). Afternoon: Cliffe Castle (Victorian ‘brass castle’) and East Riddlesden Hall (17th century manor house).
Morning lecture followed by Temple Newsam House (Tudor/Jacobean mansion, formerly home of the Ingram family, with splendid collection of Georgian furniture). Some free time followed by optional Evensong at York Minster. Free evening.
Morning: Sledmere House (Georgian/Edwardian country house with fine furnishings located in Capability Brown-designed parkland). Afternoon: Burton Constable Hall (Elizabethan house with 18th and 19th century interiors).
Morning: Bedale Hall (splendid Georgian plasterwork) followed by St Gregory’s Church. Afternoon: Clifton Castle (tour with the Marquess of Downshire) followed by Constable Burton Hall (Palladian villa built for the Wyvill family).
Tour disperses after breakfast at the hotel.
21 Sep — 26 Sep 2020
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This tour requires a good level of fitness, as it involves moderate amounts of walking, including over uneven ground, steps, loose gravel paths and potentially slippery surfaces. Please note that lifts are not usually available at the properties we visit so participants must be comfortable using stairs. We have a full itinerary involving a moderate amount of coach travel.
Cost of £1545 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three lunches, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £335.