Classical Houses & Landscape Parks of North Yorkshire from £1190 pp

Day 1

Independent arrival in York where we settle into our four-star hotel in the heart of the city, just a few minutes’ walk from the Minster. A welcome walk will introduce us to the sights of Georgian York, before a private evening tour with the curator of Fairfax house, the magnificent former winter town house of Lord Fairfax with outstanding plasterwork and fine furniture. Afterwards, we return to our hotel for a group dinner.

Day 2

In the morning, a private visit to Castle Howard led by the curator. Castle Howard is one of the most important Baroque country houses in England, the result of collaboration between the great architects, Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor. After coffee, we stroll through part of the magnificent landscape park designed by Vanbrugh, one of the earliest landscape parks in Britain, with views to Hawksmoor’s powerfully evocative mausoleum to the Carlisle family. Our afternoon will be spent at Palladian Hovingham Hall, designed by the owner Sir Thomas Worsley, c.1750. Worsley had a passion for architecture and horses, and Hovingham is an extraordinarily eccentric 18th-century house, where the main rooms on the first floor are situated above the riding school and stables below. Apart from its unique plan, the house has a very competent Palladian façade. Return to York.

Day 3

Our morning will be spent at Studley Royal, possibly the most perfect of all surviving Georgian landscape gardens. Here John Aisalbie and his son William created between 1716 and 1781 a beautiful water garden of still canals, cascades, woods, and artfully positioned temples. The contrived view to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, framed by trees and seen across water, is one of the supreme expressions of 18th-century landscape art. Private afternoon visit to Farnley Hall; built for Walter Fawkes 1786-90, the house is the masterpiece of the Yorkshire architect, John Carr, and decorated in exquisite Neo-classical taste. Walter Fawkes’s son, Walter II, was a friend and patron of Turner, and the house is still owned by the Horton-Fawkes family.

Day 4

Our final visit will take us to Newby Hall, which has spectacular interiors by Robert Adam, created 1767-1776 for William Weddell, one of the most important 18th - century cognoscenti. Much of the original furniture designed for the house by Adam survives, and the interiors illustrate the unity he sought between the interior decoration and the furnishings. The sculpture gallery is one of the finest surviving examples in the country of the ideal beauty sought after by the classical enthusiast. There will be time to explore the beautiful gardens before returning to York for a farewell lunch in the elegant 18th-century Assembly Rooms. Finally, we return to our hotel, where the tour concludes at c. 3pm.

4 days from £1190 per person departing 9th June 2019 . Offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice

What's Included?

  • 3 nights B&B at 4* Double Tree by Hilton in York

  • 2 dinners, 1 lunch

  • Excursions by private coach

  • Lecturer and tour manager plus detailed study notes

  • Entrance fees, taxes and gratuities for drivers and waiters

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Micala Hutchison