Discover the Stately Homes of the Peak District with Paul Martin from Flog It

3 nights starting from

  • Talk about collecting and buying from Paul Martin – of “Flog It!” fame

  • Guided tour of magnificent Chatsworth House

  • Elizabethan Hardwick Hall

  • 17thcentury Jacobean mansion house at Tissington

  • Haddon Hall, a fortified medieval manor house

  • Accompanied by expert Nicholas Merchant

Popular TV presenter, Paul Martin, will join this superb tour at Chatsworth House and the flea market at Chesterfield as well as give a talk over dinner at the atmospheric Old Hall Hotel. The tour will be led by Nicholas Merchant, Former Chairman of the Art Fund West Yorkshire Fundraising Committee, who will draw on his expertise in antiques to deliver a convivial weekend exploring the great country houses of Derbyshire and the beauty of the Peak District, complete with illustrative and illuminating lectures. Based in the lovely Georgian spa town of Buxton, the 'gateway of the Peak District', this lovely tour visits Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Tissington Hall, Hardwick and Bolsover Castle.


Paul Martin was discovered when he was interviewed about his passion for oak furniture by a team from BBC Bristol. He was signed up on the spot to take on presenting duties for Flog It!. He has since presented Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution, Make Me A Dealer and antiques game show Curiosity.  He also owns an antiques shop, The Table Gallery in Corsham, Wiltshire.

Available Departures


04 - May - 2021 £ 749.00 Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings


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. In the morning we will explore Chatsworth’s extensive grounds which will take in the principal features and offer insight into the gardens, landscape and history. After lunch (not included) we will enjoy a 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. Paul Martin will join the group at Chatsworth to add his experience of this magnificent house. This evening there will be a talk by Paul Martin offering tips about collecting and buying, followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3: Chesterfield Flea market, Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Castle
This morning you will have chance to implement Paul’s tips as he accompanies you to the huge flea market in the town square at Chesterfield, one of the largest in the country.  Then to Hardwick Hall, a significant Elizabethan house, where time will be allowed for lunch before visiting the house.  Designed by Robert Smythson, the house is an early example of the English Renaissance style and is renowned for its tapestry collection. Our final visit of the day is to 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: Tissington Hall and Haddon Hall. 
This morning we will visit Tissington Hall a beautiful Jacobean mansion in the heart of the Peak District. 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. 

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion 

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.


  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the three-star Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room 
  • Welcome reception and first and second night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Third night dinners in the hotel restaurant 
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions 
  • Coach transfers
  • Nicholas Merchant and tour manager throughout 


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Double for Sole Use supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities


Old Hall Hotel, Buxton
Reputed to be the oldest hotel in England, the three-star Old Hall Hotel is located in the heart of the market town of Buxton and offers a restaurant, wine bar and comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathroom with bath/shower, TV, telephone and hairdryer. This hotel does not have a car park. There are public parking spaces opposite the hotel, which reception staff at the Old Hall Hotel can provide a voucher for, to the value of £3 for 24 hours parking here, but spaces are not guaranteed.

Old Hall Hotel Website

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