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Country Houses of Yorkshire

3 nights starting from

  • Magnificent Castle Howard

  • Wentworth Woodhouse – Europe’s largest privately-owned house

  • 18th century Harewood House

Explore some of the settings for TV’s ‘Victoria’ and commemorate the 300th birthday of master Yorkshire cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale with Nicholas Merchant, who will draw on his expertise in antiques to deliver a convivial weekend exploring the great country houses of Yorkshire, complete with illustrative and illuminating lectures.

Available Departures


07 - October - 2018 Limited Availability Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings


Day 1: Arrive independently at the Parsonage Hotel, Escrick from 15.00 for cream tea. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Nicholas Merchant – ‘Some Yorkshire Country Houses’.

Day 2: Wentworth Woodhouse and Nostell Priory.
A wonderful day in prospect as we head first to Wentworth Woodhouse. A centre of political intrigue in the 18th century, this magnificent mansion built for the Marquesses of Rockingham is the largest privately-owned house in Europe with a façade of more than 200 yards. This afternoon takes us to Nostell Priory, a Palladian mansion with an excellent Chippendale collection. Second talk by Nicholas ‘Introducing Mr Chippendale.’

Day 3: Castle Howard and Fairfax House, York.
A key setting in the TV series ‘Victoria’, Castle Howard is one of the finest Baroque houses in Britain, built by Sir John Vanbrugh for the Earls of Carlisle, who were at the cutting edge of politics and acquired great collections, explored on our guided tour with the curator. A light lunch in the Newby Hall Tapestry Room Courtyard restaurant prepares us for the afternoon trip to Fairfax House, a unique Georgian house in York, with time allowed in York.

Day 4: Harewood House and Temple Newsam.
Our final day takes us first to Harewood House, an 18th century country house designed by architects John Carr and Robert Adams and one of the country’s foremost historic homes and a treasure trove of art and furniture. The final visit of the tour is to Temple Newsam, home to one of the most extensive collections of decorative and fine art in the North of England. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

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 30 passengers


  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the three-star Parsonage Hotel and Spa, Escrick, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Cream Tea
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second and third dinners in the hotel restaurant
  • One lunch
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Tour manager and coach transfers throughout


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Holiday insurance
  • Single room supplement 
  • Extra nights on half board basis
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities


Parsonage Hotel & Spa, Escrick
Lovely three-star hotel dating from the 1840s, located in extensive grounds in the village of Escrick, 6 miles south of York. The hotel boasts a restaurant, bar, spa and comfortable bedrooms with all modern appointments including en-suite bath/shower, flat screen digital TV and radio, direct dial telephones, trouser press, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

Parsonage Hotel Website

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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. 

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Recent Reviews


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Overall Impression

The hotel staff were all friendly and tried to be helpful, but they were obviously inexperienced and minor chaos prevailed at most mealtimes. There was a lack of good management there. Nicholas Merchant was exceptionally knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but possibly needed a tour manager to help organisation when difficulties emerged. The programme was very crowded and inevitable glitches that come with new tours led to abbreviated visits at some locations, so that one could see round the houses for a second time at our own pace or spend time in the gardens, but not both. Nevertheless we had a very enjoyable tour and we hope to return on other Travel Editions holidays in future years

Review by Thornton who travelled 03-September-2017

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