Castle Howard


An expedition to the wide open spaces of “God’s Own County” to see not just the likes of Harewood House, Nostell and Newby, but a chance to celebrate the Tercentenary Of Thomas Chippendale, who made much furniture for these houses. We go also to Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest private house in Britain.


7th – 10th October 2018

Price from £625

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Day 1: Arrive independently at the Parsonage Hotel, Escrick from 15.00 for cream tea. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Nicholas Merchant – ‘Some Yorkshire Country Houses’.

Day 2: Wentworth Woodhouse and Nostell Priory.
A wonderful day in prospect as we head first to Wentworth Woodhouse. A centre of political intrigue in the 18th century, this magnificent mansion built for the Marquesses of Rockingham is the largest privately-owned house in Europe with a façade of more than 200 yards. This afternoon takes us to Nostell Priory, a Palladian mansion with an excellent Chippendale collection. Second talk by Nicholas ‘Introducing Mr Chippendale.’

Day 3: Castle Howard and Fairfax House, York.
A key setting in the TV series ‘Victoria’, Castle Howard is one of the finest Baroque houses in Britain, built by Sir John Vanbrugh for the Earls of Carlisle, who were at the cutting edge of politics and acquired great collections, explored on our guided tour with the curator. A light lunch in the Newby Hall Tapestry Room Courtyard restaurant prepares us for the afternoon trip to Fairfax House, a unique Georgian house in York, with time allowed in York.

Day 4: Harewood House and Temple Newsam.
Our final day takes us first to Harewood House, an 18th century country house designed by architects John Carr and Robert Adams and one of the country’s foremost historic homes and a treasure trove of art and furniture. The final visit of the tour is to Temple Newsam, home to one of the most extensive collections of decorative and fine art in the North of England. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.