Nicholas Merchant Guest Lecturer

22nd – 25th July 2018
19th – 22nd August 2018

Tel: 0207 251 0045

Price: 3 nights from £729

Your Hotel: Barnsdale Lodge, Rutland Water

Join Nicholas Merchant, West Yorkshire representative of the Art Fund, who will draw on his expertise in antiques to deliver a convivial weekend exploring some of the great country houses of the East Midlands, complete with illustrative and illuminating lectures. Based on lovely Rutland Water in England’s smallest county, whose motto ‘multum in parvo’ (much in little) sums up its appeal, this delightful tour visits some of the East Midlands finest country houses, including Apethorpe Palace, Boughton House, Burghley House, Deene Park House, Elton Hall and more.


To book please contact Travel Editions on 0207 251 0045 or visit


For all enquiries regarding itineraries and talks, please contact Nicholas Merchant on 01423 340017
or e-mail


Day 1: Arrive independently at Barnsdale Lodge from 15.30 and enjoy a cream tea in the hotel’s conservatory. This evening there will be a welcome glass of prosecco, private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Nicholas Merchant: ‘More Houses of Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire’.

Day 2: Burghley House and Elton Hall.
Our first visit is to the magnificent Burghley House where there will be a welcome talk by Jon Culverhouse, followed by a free-flow visit of the house. A light lunch will be included here, and this afternoon it is on to Elton Hall, home of the Proby family, packed with important treasures and a superb library. Evening talk from Nicholas Merchant: ‘A French Palace in the English Countryside’ followed by dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Rockingham Castle and Deene Park.
A guided tour of Rockingham Castle, standing high on a hill overlooking the expanse of the Welland Valley. Having been in the same family for 450 years, the house contains fine Elizabethan portraits, contemporary paintings, and in the garden ‘the elephant hedge’. This afternoon light lunch and tour of Deene Park, an interesting house occupied by the Brundenell family since 1514. The Brudenell family developed Deene Park from a medieval manor into a Tudor and Georgian mansion. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Boughton House and Apethorpe Palace.
Morning guided tour of Boughton House, the great 18th century Versailles-inspired mansion of the Dukes of Buccleuch. After a light lunch here (included), it is on to Warkton Church with its fabulous funerary sculptures. Our final visit is to Apethorpe Palace for a guided tour. A 16th century house of unparalleled importance as a royal home (to James I principally), it has been dramatically saved from dereliction by the intervention of English Heritage and its sale to a French count. Return to the hotel for approximately 18.00.


To book please contact Travel Editions on 0207 251 0045
or visit:

For all enquiries regarding the itinerary please contact
Nicholas Merchant on 01423 340017