Stately Homes of Derbyshire

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  • Private guided tour of magnificent Chatsworth House

  • Elizabethan Hardwick Hall

  • The lavishly-decorated Kedleston Hall

  • Haddon Hall, a fortified medieval manor house

  • Accompanied by expert Nicholas Merchant

Join 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, Kedleston Hall, Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Castle.

ITINERARY

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. Arriving before the house is open to the public, we will have an extended private 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. This afternoon there will be an optional guided tour of Chatsworth's extensive grounds, which will take in the principal features and offer insight into the gardens, landscape and history of both. Those who do not wish to take this tour will have free time to explore at their leisure. This evening there will be a lecture by Nicholas Merchant - "
Robert Adam and his architecture", and dinner in the hotel restaurant. 

Day 3: Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Castle. 
Our first visit of the day is Hardwick Hall, a significant Elizabethan house, where we will enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour. Designed by Robert Smythson, the house is an early example of the English Renaissance style and is renowned for its tapestry collection. After lunch (not included) we will visit 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: Kedleston Hall and Haddon Hall. 
This morning we will visit Kedleston Hall, a masterpiece of 18th-century Neo-classical architecture designed by Robert Adam. The house interiors were designed for lavish entertainment and we will see the extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings. 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 29 passengers. 

INCLUDED

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

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room 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 

HOTELS

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

MORE INFO - Please click here for more information

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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Review by Anonymous who travelled 04-August-2019


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Very good tour, if I had one criticism it would be the quality of the evening meals in the hotel which was pretty average. Some people felt ill after eating one particular dessert.

Review by Allen who travelled 04-August-2019


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We had a wonderful holiday and a few small glitches with timing didn’t spoil the overall experience which was extremely positive. The hotel was very comfortable and the staff were very friendly though the food was a little hit and miss. Nicholas was a very relaxed tour guide and Rose, our coach driver, was delightful. The guides round the stately homes were excellent apart from Bolsover Castle where the staff seemed very reluctant to give us audio guides. We had an excellent experience everywhere else.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 04-August-2019


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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 - the tour around the stately homes of Derbyshire was excellent and as usual well spaced out - I would also like to give praise to our coach driver Rose - she was an amazing careful and considerate driver - driving us as if we were her family - thank you to Travel Editions for arranging yet another wonderful trip we will be back.

Review by Gray who travelled 04-August-2019


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Review by who travelled 05-August-2018


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Well planned & enjoyable despite the weather! It was really good to have private tours of both Chatsworth & Hardwick before the houses opened to the general public & the guides there were excellent. (Not like Bolsover Castle where they were obviously more used to school children!) Nicholas' lectures were instructive & entertaining.

Review by Ellis who travelled 06-August-2017


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Nicholas gave two introductory lectures which prepared us very well for what we were going to see. The guides were very good apart from the one at Bolsover, who was hopeless. It was pitched at kindergarten level. Coach driver , Rose, was a positive asset.

Review by who travelled 06-August-2017


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All good except slow service at the dinner table.Description of details of trips not full enough in brochure.

Review by Mrs Maureen Garth who travelled 11-September-2016


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We had the most privileged visits to Chatsworth and Hardwick Hall, before they opened to the public, excellent guides to all the houses, just about the right level of information for the group - I enjoyed it immensely.

Review by Mrs Sandra Burrell who travelled 11-September-2016


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Derbyshire and its great houses looked superb in the very fine weather and everyone on the tour, probably including Nicholas, had a fine time. However, the hotel was not as good as it should be. The charming staff needed more numbers, especially when serving meals and I had to report a poorly draining washbasin.

Review by Dr Peter Thornton who travelled 11-September-2016


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All the guides were excellent. Coach driver was very helpful.The hotel on the last evening was a disappointment.

Review by Mr Francis Bailey who travelled 07-August-2016


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On a general point I think Travel Editions do not pay enough attention to people arriving by train. No one in their right minds travels by train on Sundays due to the proliferation of engineering work as well as fewer trains. This and my next tour to Durham involves travel on Sunday. Quite a few on the tour came by train.

Review by Mrs Gretel Jones who travelled 07-August-2016


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Excellent tour all round

Review by Mrs S Cook who travelled 07-August-2016


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Another very enjoyable holiday with Travel Editions

Review by Mrs Audrey Griffiths who travelled 07-August-2016


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This was a well organised short break that delivered everything I expected. Our guide lecturer was very impressive and gave us a great deal of serious information with a light touch. The hotel was comfortable and the staff were friendly and helpful. The only disappointing element was dinner: on our first two evenings at the Old Hall Hotel the main courses served were, in my opinion, well below the standard one would expect in a four-star establishment.

Review by Mrs Olwen Rowlands who travelled 13-September-2015


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Review by who travelled 13-September-2015


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Tour manager was outstanding and we did some amazing things - walked on the roof at Hardwick Hall! Hotel and food were good but we did have to pay for parking - it was not complimentary as advised in your information.

Review by Dr Lynne Ridler Wall who travelled 13-September-2015


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Palace Hotel was ok. The food was a different matter . The breakfasts were good but evening meals were very hit and miss ! strange combinations of food something green on the plate would have been nice and the gravy was rationed.We thought that some of the food was not top quality and consequently it would not improve it however it was cooked. The waiting staff worked hard and were polite and helpful but at times seemed bewildered by the set up .This hotel was not what we have come to expect from Travel Editions, however this experience would probably not put us off going on holiday with you again .This was our fourth holiday with your company One final point Nicholas Merchant was superb throughout likewise John the coach driver .

Review by Mr William Davies who travelled 10-August-2014

Travel Editions feedback:

Thank you for your very fair comments with regards to the hotel and we are working hard on finding a replacement for the 2015 season. This hotel has worked well for us in the past but it seems that teh management have taken their eye off the ball this year. IWe are glad you enjoyed the tour overall.


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Hotel disappointing. Room OK, service OK but food poor and 4 star hotel should have a wine waiter - one shouldn't have to buy one's own wine from the bar, where there was only one brand of gin available.

Review by Mr Martin Robinson who travelled 10-August-2014

Travel Editions feedback:

Very sorry the service at the hotel didn't match the level you would have received at teh Stately homes all those years ago!


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We found the hotel was fit for the purpose as a package holiday venue and would particularly praise the friendly professionalism of all the staff. Having early access to some houses was a great advantage.

Review by Mrs Margaret Singleton who travelled 10-August-2014


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We really did enjoy our time in Derbyshire. Nicholas Merchant was an excellent guide and looked after all of our needs in a very efficient manner. He was always helpful and really did make our trips our very relaxing and informative. He was always approachable and very knowledgable. The only part of the holiday that we feel it necessary to criticise is the Palace Hotel. The hotel only had one lift, which meant that when we came back to the hotel, there was always a queue for the lift and the actual buttons to be pressed for the floor requested were terribly old and caused the lift to only read the first button passed. i.e., if at the ground floor someone happened to press for the 3rd floor first and then others tried to press 2nd or 1st floors, the lift would only read the first button pressed and go straight up to the top floor. I think, for safety reasons, a hotel of this size ought to have 2 or 3 lifts. During the 3 days when we were dining with the group, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings, the service by the waitresses was sufficient but after the group had left the hotel on the Wednesday afternoon, we decided to entertain a friend to dinner and found that we had to wait ages to be served both for taking the initial order and for each course thereafter. I think there were only 2 waitresses serving in the entire restaurant. The breakfasts at The Buxton Palace Hotel were always excellent and the choices wonderful with really freshly cooked and non-greasy foods. The had witness, Sarah, was excellent and always greeted us with a cheery smile at any time of day or night. My husband is 82 years of age and he found great difficulty getting in and out of the bath because there were no grabs either on the sides of the bath or on the wall higher up. He would not use the shower instead of bathing because, again, there were no grabs anywhere on the wall of the shower, which was within the bath. Surely, with bathrooms the size of the one we had in room 318, there would be room to install a walk-in shower within the space between the end of the bath and the wall. This would be much safer for anyone to use, rather than for them to have to step up and over the side of the bath and stand on the non-slip mat (which again is rather an antiquated method.) Both Garth and myself would definitely consider travelling with Travel Editions again some time in the future. BERYL MARCHANT-FLINT

Review by Mrs Beryl Flint who travelled 29-June-2014


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Review by Dr Anthony Heyes who travelled 29-June-2014


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Review by Mr Pierre Thomas who travelled 29-June-2014


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Hotel a little aged, needs up-grading soon. Guide/courier Ok, apart from difficulty counting passengers! Getting personal guided house tours sans public brilliant

Review by Mr David Ryder who travelled 29-June-2014


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