Nicholas Merchant Guest Lecturer

travel editions logoDates:
22nd – 25th July 2018
19th – 22nd August 2018

Tel: 0207 251 0045

Price: 3 nights from £729

Your Hotel: Barnsdale Lodge, Rutland Water

This is a popular tour to beautiful overlooked counties. Barnsdale Lodge is a comfortable former farm close to Rutland Water.

An entirely new itinerary for our visits to this beautiful region. Amongst the houses to be visited is the “forgotten” 17th century palace at Apethorpe, saved from dereliction, the house of the Duke of Buccleuch at Boughton, set in immaculate parkland and filled with limitless treasures together with the nearby church, also to bought Belton, the finest of Carolean houses the former seat of the Brownlows.

Destinations and prices to be confirmed.

Nicholas will talk on Country Houses of Northamptonshire


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 afternoon 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: First to Southwick Hall for a guided tour of this charming and idiosyncratic village house, a family home for 700 years, then 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: A guided tour of Apethorpe Palace, a 16th century house of unparalleled importance, both historically as a royal home (to James I principally) and architecturally, which has been dramatically saved from dereliction by the intervention of English Heritage and its sale to a French count. Lunch and afternoon visit to Boughton House, the great 18th century Versailles-inspired mansion of the Dukes of Buccleuch. Final visit to Warkton Church with its fabulous funerary sculptures. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Our first visit is to Belton House, a splendid example of Carolean architecture with a fine collection of silver. Lunch at the Angel and Royal pub in Grantham (included) before visiting St Wulframs Church, renowned for its spire and Trigge Library before heading to Woolsthorpe Manor, the family home of Sir Isaac Newton. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

Please note: On some departures certain houses may be replaced as opening times for 2017 are not yet confirmed. Further details will be published on the website when opening hours have been confirmed from the venues.

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