Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Northamptonshire.
| Kelmarsh Hall
Built in the 18th century for the Hanbury family, Kelmarsh is a classic Georgian house with two pavilions flanking the central block. During the 1930s it became the home of the celebrated hostess Nancy Lancaster, a partner at one time of Colefax & Fowler. Visitors will have two guided tours: the first traces the history of the house from the 1700's and the second is an exhibition of the Croome Court Collection of furniture and paintings belonging to the 6th Earl of Coventry. He commissioned works from the best artists and cabinetmakers in Britain to furnish his new home at Croome Court in Worcestershire. Some of you may have read the recent articles by Richard Hewlings and Clive Aslet in Country Life (4.6.2008) describing the house and this collection. There will be time to visit the gardens where Nancy Lancaster worked with Norah Lindsay and Geoffrey Jellicoe in the landscape first laid out by 'Capability' Brown. A light lunch will be provided at a local pub.
The coach will leave from:
Gloucester. Bennet's Depot, Eastern Avenue 7.30 am (return approximately 7.30 pm).
Cheltenham. Royal Wells Bus Depot 7.55 am (return approximately 7.15 pm).
Cirencester. Beeches Car Park 8.30 am (return approximately 6.45 pm).
Burford. Regular Bus Stop on the A40 to the East of the main roundabout 9.00 am (return approximately 6.15 pm).
For tickets please contact Miss Ann Turner. Tel. 01285 861080