Rothay Manor


17-22nd March 2019

Tel: 01539 433605




Guests arrive in time for afternoon tea which will be served from 3.30.
7.00 Meet in the Brathay Room to meet your fellow-guests over a glass of wine with a short introductory talk by your host Nicholas Merchant
7.30 Dinner

John Carr


8-9.30 Breakfast
10-11.00 Talk with Nicholas; John Carr, Yorkshire’s forgotten architect of the 18th century. John Carr is not well enough known alongside all the other architects working in the neo-classic and palladian style of the 18th century and yet his work is seen as far-flung as York and Oporto.
11-11.30 Morning Coffee.
11.30-12.30 Talk with Nicholas; Sèvres Porcelain, Splendour on a Plate. The French porcelain factory, a monopoly of the Kings of France, produced not only pieces of great technical skill, but also of artistic mastery which has never been surpassed.
12.30 Lunch (not included), followed by free time.
Dinner 7.30.


8-9.30 Breakfast
9.45 Depart hotel for Greenodd
10.00 Arrive at the Rusland Movement, with a reputation for producing fine furniture, made in the traditional way by just two cabinetmakers, this company has grown to include a select group of highly skilled crafts people, devoted to their professions and committed to innovative design built to the most exacting standards, guaranteeing the creation of future classic pieces of furniture and objets d’art.

Cartmel Priory

11.30 Morning Coffee
12.00 Depart for Cartmel
12.30 Lunch (not included)
2.00 Visit to Cartmel Priory. The earliest mention of Cartmel in historical records occurs almost 500 years before the foundations of Cartmel Priory were laid, when in around 680 AD the monks of Lindisfarne took ownership of the land. This Christian era remained until 1189 when William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, founded Cartmel Priory.
3.30 Free time
4.30 Depart to return to the Hotel
7.30 Dinner


8.00-9.30 Breakfast
10.00 Depart hotel (own transport) for Kendal
10.30 Abbott Hall, Kendal.
Refuge: The Art of Belonging, Drawing on Abbot Hall’s own collection and supported by loans, this exhibition tells the story of artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation alongside a community project exploring the lives of refugees living in Cumbria.
Lunch available (not included) in café.
Free time in Kendal with entry to the neighbouring Museum of Lakeland Life. Next to Abbott Hall is the wonderful church of the Holy Trinity, one of the widest churches in the country, associated with the Parr family (Katherine Parr was Henry VIII surviving wife), with sculpture by Josefina de Vascancellos and the Bellingham Chapel tapestry.
Return to hotel at your own convenience
7.30 Dinner


8.00-9.30 Breakfast
11.00 Arrive Hutton in the Forest
Private visit to this ancient castle dating from the remote middle ages and presenting a positive litany of architectural styles. The ubiquitous pele tower, is flanked by a classical “dolls-house”, which then abuts a Victorian Gothic tower by Anthony Salvin. The interiors feature Arts and Crafts movement and modern ceramics. Really special.
12.30 Light Lunch  (included)
2.00 Depart for Lowther Castle
2.30 We have, over the years, kept an eye open on the development of this castle from unloved and neglected ruin to a major attraction, with restored gardens and consolidated ruin, to the present development of the courtyard, and the exhibition gallery.
Afternoon tea available in café (not included)
4.00 Depart for Rothay Manor.
7.30 Dinner.
9.30 The Marking of the Quiz


Guests depart after breakfast

Lowther Castle


PRICE: Dependant on room, please contact hotel, (see below), on the basis of dinner, bed and breakfast, entrance fees, transport (except where indicated), and talks.
Please contact Rothay Manor on 015394 33605 or your specific requirements.

We look forward to you joining us for this popular, long-running event. Rothay Manor is under the new management of Jamie and Jenna Shaile (and Bailey, their dog) who have made and continue to make many improvements to this long-established Lakeland hotel.