Rothay Manor


Sunday 1st – Friday 6th March 2020

Tel: 01539 433605


The Rothay twice-yearly Short Breaks have been a regular feature of the hotel calendar for many years. Nicholas has organised this particular holiday for over ten years. These holidays are designed to allow you to enjoy a short stay in this renovated Lakeland hotel, with an admirable reputation for good food and comfort. You will enjoy visits to places in the Lake District which are unexpected and unknown along with talks on a variety of arts subjects. Nicholas is an accredited lecturer with the Arts Society.

Events & Talks: Chinese Porcelain, Sèvres Porcelain, The Prince Regent, Great Collectors.

Visits: Hutton-in-the-Forest, Wreay Church, Lancaster.


Sunday 1st March

Guests arrive in time for afternoon tea which is served from 3.30.

7.00 Brathay Room Meet your fellow guests over a glass of wine prior to dinner 7.30.

Monday 2nd March

8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.30-10.30 Talk with Nicholas; Chinese Porcelain, a two-way influence. Porcelain, a mysterious material, to European eyes at least, was made in China and Japan thousands of years before its discovery in Europe in the early 18th century. As a result the influence of this mysterious material was felt in both the east and the west as the cross-fertilisation of ideas percolated across the continents

10.30-11.00 Morning Coffee

11.00-12.00 Talk with Nicholas: Sèvres Porcelain and the Influence of Mme de Pompadour. Once porcelain was discovered in Europe, it became the must-have status symbol of the Courts of Europe. None achieved this with greater style and sophistication than the court of Louis XV at Versailles. Its greatest promoter was the King’s mistress, Mme de Pompadour, whose encouragement raised the product to the highest level, making it the envy of the world

Lunch (not included) followed by free time, dinner 7.30

Tuesday 3rd March

8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.30 Depart hotel for Penrith

10.30 Visit to Hutton-in-the-Forest, This is a unique house owned by Lord Inglewood. Architecturally it represents an amalgam of styles from Medieval to Victorian. This diversity of styles is mirrored in the interiors, visitors enter through the pele tour and progress through the 18th century Cupid room with ceiling by Joseph Rose, who worked for Robert Adam, to the “recent” wallpapers of William Morris, and the collection of contemporary modern ceramics.

12.00 Lunch (included) at the Up-Front café and Puppet Theatre.

2.00 Visit to the Church of St Mary. This unique church was the creation of Sarah Losh, the accomplished daughter of a wealthy family involved in the chemical industry in Newcastle. Built to her own design in 1842 it has received many plaudits for its originality, not least from Nicholas Pevsner in his work on the buildings of Cumberland and Westmorland. Guided tour.

4.00 Depart Wreay.

7.30 Dinner

Wednesday 4th March

8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.30 Depart for visit to Lancaster.

10.30-11.30 Maritime Museum; Lancaster and the Slave Trade. Illustrated talk by Anthea Purkis, Curator, on this little known aspect of life in 18th century Lancaster.

12.30 Lunch at the Waggon and Horses.

2.00 Arrive The Ruskin Museum, Lancaster University. Talk “An Introduction to the Whitehouse Collection.  This archive is the richest collection in the world of Ruskiniana.

3.30 Depart Museum

7.30 Dinner

Thursday 5th March

8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.30-10.30 Talk with Nicholas; The Prince Regent and his Collecting Mania. 2020 is the bicentenary of the accession of The Prince Regent to the throne, as King George IV. For all his many faults George IV did much to enhance the Royal Collection by his purchase of works of art available on the market largely as a result of the turmoil in Europe caused by the French Revolution.

10.30-11.00 Morning Coffee

11.00-12.00 Talk with Nicholas; Great Collectors of the 19th Century. In the 18th century the field of collecting was dominated by mainly aristocratic collectors on the Grand Tour. The Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and 19th century produced a new race of collectors, affluent as a result of manufacturing, who not only filled their mansions with works of art but donated lavishly to the new museums which were being created in the cities and towns across the land. The Manchester Exhibition 1857

Lunch (not included)

Free Time

7.30 Dinner

9.00 The Marking of the Quiz

Friday 6th March

Guests depart after breakfast.

PRICE: From £750, dependant on room, please contact hotel, (see below), Price is on the basis of 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, all entrance fees, transport (except where indicated), VAT and talks.

Please contact Rothay Manor on 015394 33605 or with your specific requirements.