Old Hall Hotel, Buxton
5th – 8th August 2018
There can be no greater contrast than that between Chatsworth and Haddon Hall, but these two houses are just two of those visited in this scenic county, where we are based in the handsome spa town of Buxton. Also on the list is the unique mansion of Bess of Hardwick, one of the architectural wonders of the world.Our hotel was once frequented by Mary, Queen of Scots
Price: From £599
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Day 1: Arrive independently at the Old Hall Hotel from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Nicholas Merchant – ‘The 6th Duke of Devonshire and the building of Chatsworth’.
Day 2: Chatsworth House.
Today we have a full day at the magnificent Chatsworth House. Arriving before the house is open to the public, we will have an extended private guided tour, taking in the masterpieces of Chatsworth’s collections, and bringing the house and the history of the Cavendish family, particularly the remarkable Elizabeth Cavendish (Bess of Hardwick), to life. This afternoon there will be an optional guided tour of Chatsworth’s extensive grounds, which will take in the principal features and offer insight into the gardens, landscape and history of both. Those who do not wish to take this tour will have free time to explore at their leisure. This evening there will be a lecture by Nicholas Merchant – “Robert Adam and his architecture”, and dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 3: Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Castle.
Our first visit of the day is Hardwick Hall, a significant Elizabethan house, where we will enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour. Designed by Robert Smythson, the house is an early example of the English Renaissance style and is renowned for its tapestry collection. After lunch (not included) we will visit Bolsover Castle. Bought by Sir Charles Cavendish, the son of Bess of Hardwick, in 1608, the house was rebuilt by Charles and his son William and designed for elegant living. We’ll see the 17th century riding school and a tower, known as the ‘Little Castle’ designed solely for entertaining. Tonight dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.
Day 4: Kedleston Hall and Haddon Hall.
This morning we will visit Kedleston Hall, a masterpiece of 18th-century Neo-classical architecture designed by Robert Adam. The house interiors were designed for lavish entertainment and we will see the extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings. Finally, an afternoon visit to Haddon Hall. The current house dates from the 12th to the 17th centuries having managed to escape the architectural changes of the 18th and 19th centuries as it sat deserted for more than 200 years, leaving us with the prime example of a fortified, medieval manor house. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.