Eileen Gray – In conjunction with the friends of The BADA

Excellent. Thank you.

Thank you again for putting together such a selection of different and interesting talks. I hadn’t heard of Eileen Gray so really enjoyed the talk. Looking forward to the next one.

Thank you, very informative lecture. That was first zoom lecture I have ever watched.

The lecture was really enjoyable this afternoon

That was such an interesting talk and well- illustrated with interesting slides.

Gosh what a woman!  What an inspiration!! Thank you again.

Thank you for the Eileen Gray, so interesting, loved it.

If You Want To Get Ahead, get a TiaraFor the friends of The BADA

With yesterday’s super zoom talk about tiaras, it really gave me an enormous lift in spirits. Thank you

I really enjoyed Tiaras yesterday. Thank you.

Thoroughly enjoyed Nicholas’s talk yesterday!  What a bunch of yummy gorgeousness!!

I really enjoyed the talk on Tiaras – not that I have any experience of such items!!

What a lovely lecture Nicholas just gave us. He’s so interesting to listen to and fun with it!

Holkham and Houghton Lecture for Historic Houses

Another fascinating and meaty lecture.  Nicholas’s enthusiasm certainly shines through.

Nicholas Merchant and all at HH involved in planning and executing the presentation are to be congratulated on a very professional presentation.

I would just like to say “thank you” to the team for organising last night’s talk and to Nicholas Merchant for delivering it.

Just a brief note to say how much I enjoyed the lecture by Nicholas Merchant on the above houses.

I have just watched the lecture and found it fascinating.

I very much enjoyed the talk on Holkham Hall.

My thanks to Nicholas for a really interesting talk on Holkham and Houghton

Another great talk by Nicholas – always informative, well considered and with just the right amount of humour!

The lecture was fascinating with the right amount of facts and photos to give a flavour of both houses.

I watched the lecture last evening and found it most interesting. The lecturer is excellent and obviously has a wealth of information at his fingertips.

I just wanted to thank the HHA and Nicholas Merchant very much indeed for yesterday’s excellent lecture.

Two fascinating houses, a first-class speaker, and wonderful illustrations made it most inspiring and memorable.

Roll on the next HHA lecture!

Nicholas was entertaining and informative.

We watched the talk last evening and found it very enjoyable and interesting.

Very interesting and connection with Catherine the Great added to historical knowledge too.

I watched the lecture last night. It was very interesting, Nicholas was informative and easy to listen to,  the slides were good quality.

The pictures and the actual talk were all very good.

Just to say enjoyed the lecture very much.

My wife and I really enjoyed Nicholas Merchant’s talk. It was excellent to have this overview of the houses and to have Nicholas’ historical and political perspective.

Eileen Gray, An Irish Rebel

Excellent expose of the work and life of Eileen Gray… It was a magnificent feast and I’m sure all who were tuned in found it truly eyeopening.

Queen Mary, “My One Great Hobby”

I loved the lecture on Queen Mary’s jewellery, what an excellent speaker Nicholas is I could have listened for another hour!

Queen Victoria in the South of France

What a vivid and knowledgeable and well-illustrated talk by Nicholas Merchant yesterday!

It was one of those occasions where you really wanted to drink in all Nicholas was saying and savour his information and the way he expressed it and he really didn’t leave any loose ends for follow up – a really good talk. A very interesting talk and wonderful illustrations.

Thank you to Nicholas for a most entertaining talk…

That was a really lovely and most interesting talk!  Superb illustrations too!

What an interesting talk I watched it by the window with the sun streaming in

That was a most interesting talk about Queen Victoria and I much enjoyed Nicholas’ amusing little anecdotes.

That was fascinating.

A very interesting and enjoyable lecture.


Villas and Gardens of The Cote d’azur

The four lectures given by Nicholas Merchant before our visits provided context to help us enjoy them fully.

Both Serge and Nicholas were brilliant and the Riviera was a revelation re scenery, flora and climate.

Nicholas Merchant’s morning talks in the roof top bar were educational and set us up for the days visits.

Nicholas, the lecturer, was an amusing raconteur and he and Serge were an entertaining double act. The holiday was truly excellent.

The regular talks by Nicholas Merchant were extremely informative and completely filled holes that I didn’t know existed!

Nicholas Merchant, our eminent lecturer regaled us most mornings with stories of beautiful gardens, extraordinary villas and their often illustrious owners


Nicholas was a delightful host who wore his learning lightly and with humour and Oscar was a great coach driver.

Nicholas, as always, was excellent in his presentations and management of the tours.

Nicolas is a lovely guide who judged his presentation so well.

Brilliant tour manager.

Nicholas M very well organised.

Our charming (and extremely knowledgeable) host -Nicholas. Northamptonshire, an gem of a county. We saw it at its best.

Always a pleasure to tour with Nicholas Merchant.


Nicholas was a very relaxed tour guide.

We have been on many Travel Editions tours over the years and have enjoyed them all – this was our second tour guided by Nicholas and as usual we enjoyed his lectures, his wit and his knowledge so very much.

Rothschild in the Vale of Aylesbury

Nicholas as excellent as ever.


Nicholas Merchant did a wonderful job and remained cheerful in all situations.

As usual Nicholas was excellent and we look forward to being with him again later in the year.

Your lectures were a mine of information and detail but with some wonderful one-liners and humorous asides. Very many thanks.

Ian & Susan – Villas and Gardens of the Cote d’Azur – April 2018

Thank you for making our trip a relaxed, informative and entertaining experience.

Mary, Madge & Valerie – Villas and Gardens of the Cote d’Azur – April 2018

Thank you so much for such a delightful week of treats!

Rachel – Villas and Gardens of the Cote d’Azur – April 2018

Thank you very much for your very informative talks which were so interesting and fun. I have always loved that part of the world and you have really brought it alive for me.

Jane – Villas and Gardens of the Cote d’Azur – April 2018

Thank you for bringing to life all of the places we visited and the things we have seen. You have encompassed all aspects of our visit to the area with great passion and expert wit and humour making it very easy to digest and remember.

Angela & Richard – Villas and Gardens of the Cote d’Azur – April 2018

We have very greatly appreciated your knowledge and expertise.

Nick & Mary – Villas and Gardens of the Cote d’Azur – April 2018

Thank you for your expertise and for your company.

Lesley – Villas and Gardens of the Cote d’Azur – April 2018

Excellent lectures which we so enjoyed and which provided so much helpful background

Derbyshire August 2016

Tour guide, Nicholas, was very knowledgeable, which made the visits to the various houses all the more interesting.

Northamptonshire June 2016

Nicholas Merchant had encyclopaedic knowledge of each place we visited and left us well informed, entertained and amused.

Villas and Gardens of the Cote d’Azur – April 2016

Nicholas’s talks were delightful.

Villas and Gardens of the Cote d’Azur – April 2016

Once again many thanks for organising a most enjoyable stay at the Rothay Manor – good talks, good visits and good company!

Rothay Manor – Autumn 2015

“Many thanks for a terrific time… Your organisation and knowledge plus enthusiasm were first class.”
“Another very enjoyable holiday.”
“A wonderful holiday.”
“Such an enjoyable short break.”

Country Houses of Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire – August 2015

Nicholas Merchant – what can I say! Such a superb lecturer. His talks were great and he has such a wonderful sense of humour. His descriptions and style make me wish his talks went on longer.

KS Villas and Gardens of the cote d’azur – Spring 2015

The tour lived up to expectations; both Nicholas and Serge (tour manager) were excellent and complemented each other with knowledge and enthusiasm – and charm.

Higgins – Spring 2015

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your talks and general information during the ‘castles and Houses of the Clyde’ cruise on the Princess. It is rare to encounter a knowledgeable person who also has a sense of humour and can disseminate facts in an interesting, engaging manner.

AP – Hebridean Princess

Greatly enjoyed your talks, it made the trip worthwhile.

MT – Hebridean Princess

One final point, Nicholas Merchant was superb throughout.

Country Houses of Derbyshire – June 2014

Nicholas Merchant was an excellent guide and looked after all of our needs.

Country Houses of Derbyshire – 2014

Tour Manager Nicholas was superb.

Country houses of Northamptonshire – October 2014