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Private visit to magnificent Tatton Park
Erdigg House – as seen on the Antiques Roadshow
Dunham Massey – and its superb silver
Exquisite Rode Hall – home to the Baker Wilbraham family for 350 years
Join Nicholas Merchant in Cheshire to explore some of Cheshire’s most beautiful country houses and gardens – from magnificent well known mansions to exquisite privately-owned country houses – all illuminated with Nicholas’ trademark wit and erudition.
Day 1: Arrive independently at the Cottons Hotel from 15.00 and enjoy a cream tea at 15.30.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and introductory talk from Nicholas - ‘The Country Houses of Cheshire.’
Day 2: Erdigg and Dunham Massey.
After a talk at the hotel from Nicholas – ‘The Rescue of a Doomed House, Erdigg,’ we will explore two National Trust treasures today, first of all to Erdigg itself, near Wrexham. A visit here captures life above and below stairs in a unique family home and household of the early 20th century. This afternoon we head to Dunham Massey, an 18th century house with a glorious garden, deer park and a house filled with treasures and stories. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Tabley House and Tatton Park.
Tabley House is the finest Palladian mansion in Cheshire, home for 700 years to the Leicester family, with a superb collection of art furniture and books, as well as a chapel and tea rooms, where we will enjoy a light lunch (included). This afternoon we head to magnificent Tatton Park for a private visit. We will visit the working farm, magnificent late 18th century mansion with its important collection of paintings and books, finishing with a cream tea in the quaint Gardener’s Cottage. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Capesthorne Hall and Rode Hall.
Two privately-owned gems to end the tour, starting with Capesthorne Hall, the much loved home of the Bromley-Davenports and a beautiful house full of superb paintings, furniture and stained glass windows, as well as lovely gardens, lake and parkland. Then, finally, to exquisite Rode Hall, the country house home and garden of the Baker Wilbraham family for close to 350 years. On arrival we will have lunch (included) followed by a guided tour of the house and free time to look around the wonderful gardens. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.00.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour managers discretion.
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers
Cottons Hotel, Knutsford
Four-star spa hotel, with great facilities, owned by Thwaites Brewery and perfectly located to reach the places visited on this itinerary. Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities including free wifi.
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
Nicholas Merchant did a wonderful job and remained cheerful in all situations. The Cotton Hotel was excellent and so was the food.
Review by Shatford who travelled 19-May-2019
As usual Nicholas was excellent and we look forward to being with him again later in the year. The sites were very good also, we would class Dunham Massey as the poorest (cleanliness and presentation) and Capethorne the best. In all cases the guides were very good. Cottons Hotel was very poor purely from the room management point of view. Our room was either poorly cleaned or not at all - milk etc. was not renewed - towels were removed and not replaced. I complained to the management, via the front desk, and got nil response. I suggest you look elsewhere.
Review by Robson who travelled 19-May-2019
Coaches were good but admin reserch of where to go by drivers was very poor. It would be beter to reverse the order of 1st day houses doing the longer journey first as the staff were going home by the time we got there and it was rushed.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 19-May-2019
A well organised both in programme and content Very well planned with excellent background information plus bus transport and lunches out first class
Review by Young who travelled 19-May-2019
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and visited some real gems of houses, Tabley in particular was delightful. Six houses in three days was quite demanding and we would have loved to have been able to spend more time at some of them. Erddig especially was a house we would happily have spent all day at.
Review by Dowbekin who travelled 19-May-2019
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