Dates: 30th July - 2nd August 2023
Dates: 1st – 4th October 2023
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Derbyshire is centred on the rugged Peak District National Park with its deep limestone valleys and contains a number of outstanding country houses. During our stay in Matlock, a bustling town on the banks of River Derwent, we visit five of them.
Chatsworth needs no introduction, nor probably does Hardwick Hall. This Elizabethan “skyscraper” dominates the landscape as much today as it did when built in the late 16th century by Bess of Hardwick. Less well-known is the family home of the FitzHerbert family, nestling in its own little valley dominated by the church, it contains a notable Arts and Crafts library. Kedleston, with its magnificent alabaster-pillared entrance hall is the masterpiece of the Neo-Classic architect, Robert Adam. Renishaw, seat of the Sitwell family contains a renowned piece of Chippendale furniture, also featured in a family portrait by Sargent and an entrance hall decorated by John Piper. There is much to see and enjoy. Nicholas, the tour-leader will give various talks to help “set the scene”.