Magnificent Mansions & Fine Furnishings in Yorkshire

September 14-22, 2014

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The beautiful Yorkshire countryside provides the perfect backdrop for the county’s elegant houses, each bringing the past to life with their fascinating heritage. We discover the lavish Rococo and Neoclassical styles, popular in the 18th century, and study extensive Chippendale commissions and Robert Adam interiors as well as remarkable collections.

Study Leader Information

We immerse ourselves in each area with private tours, special welcomes, and an evening lecture on our theme from an eminent historian. Special Guest Speaker: Helena Pickup, Consultant Lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, has research interests that are centered on royal courts and the decorative arts. Her lecture will enlighten us on royal visits to the great houses of Yorkshire, including background on the development of the state apartment of the 17th and 18th centuries, which was intended primarily for royal visitors.

Tour Itinerary

September 14 - flights will need to depart the US on September 13
On arrival at Heathrow, a private transfer will take you to our overnight hotel, Hartwell House near Aylesbury. In the evening you are invited to join the group for a welcome drink, followed by dinner.

September 15 - Visit Burghley House in Lincolnshire, cited as England’s greatest Elizabethan house. We enjoy a ‘Great Collectors’ specialist tour. Followed by a light lunch in the Loggia conservatory. Continue on to Middlethorpe Hall Hotel close to York.

September 16 - Enjoy a private guided tour of Treasurer’s House in the heart of York. Guided walking tour of York and its iconic cathedral, York Minster.

September 17 - Spend the day at the magnificent Castle Howard, which has twice appeared as Brideshead in film and television adaptations of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel. We’ll enjoy a fascinating talk by one of the castle’s curators.

September 18 - Built in the 18th century, Harewood House is one of the greatest Treasure Houses in England, with interiors designed by Robert Adam, furniture by Thomas Chippendale and an outstanding art collection ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to 20th century art. We enjoy a private tour of the State Rooms. The afternoon is spent in the elegant spa town of Harrogate, where notable sights include the Royal Pump Room and the Grade II listed Royal Hall and the attractive Montpellier Quarter with its pedestrianised streets lined with 19th-century Georgian buildings.

September 19 - We visit Nostell Priory, an 18th-century architectural masterpiece which has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years.Set in landscaped parkland, Nostell is also home to England’s best documented collection of Chippendale furniture.

September 20 - Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and with some of Britain’s finest Robert Adam interiors, Newby Hall is a perfect example of the Georgian ‘Age of Elegance’. Private tour of the Hall’s magnificent interiors and receive a complimentary souvenir guide book. Visit the largest monastic ruin in Britain, Fountains Abbey. Guest Lecturer – Helena Pickup, Consultant Lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, will enlighten us on royal visits to the great houses of Yorkshire, focusing on fine and decorative arts. This will include background on the development of the state apartment of the 17th and 18th centuries, which was intended primarily for royal visitors.

September 21 - We head south to Derbyshire and enjoy a private tour of Hardwick Hall. From here we travel back to Hartwell House, where we enjoy a farewell dinner.

September 22 - A private transfer will take you back to Heathrow airport for your return flight home.

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