Four Day Tour around Derbyshire
Tour | Derbyshire
20 – 23 June 2011
The Norfolk Art Fund Committee have organised a four day tour of Derbyshire, a stunning county famed for its Peak District and great country houses.
Monday 20 June: Depart Norwich at 8.00 am for Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Accommodation will be at the comfortable Old Hall Hotel in Buxton, adjacent to the pretty Victorian Pavilion Gardens.
Tuesday 21 June: After breakfast, a guided tour of Buxton, the historic spa town developed by the 5th, 6th, and 7th Dukes of Devonshire. Then to Tissington for lunch and a visit to the Jacobean Tissington Hall. There may also be a visit to Casterne Hall, home to the Hunt family for 500 years.
Wednesday 22 June: A visit to Haddon Hall owned by the Vernon and Manners families continuously since 1170. Haddon was sensitively restored by the 9th Duke of Rutland after 1912 after years of neglect. The rose gardens should be in full bloom in June. Then, a visit to Keddleston Hall (National Trust). Originally the home of the Curzon family, it was designed by Matthew Brettingham and James Paine and is based on Holkham. Robert Adam is responsible for much of its interiors.
Thursday 23 June: Hardwick Hall (National Trust). Hardwick is an Elizabethan House once home to the infamous Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s. It is one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture boasting a wonderful Long Gallery. The final visit will be to Renishaw Hall full of wonderful objects collected by Sir George Sitwell, father of the celebrated trio Osbert, Edith, and Sacheverell.