We depart Devon and make our way to Wightwick Manor, with a coffee stop along the way. The Manor is an outstanding example of late Victorian taste and craftsmanship. The house was designed by the architect Edward Ould in the “Old English” style, for the Wolverhampton Paint and Varnish manufacturer Theodore Mander and his Family in 1887. With interiors inspired by the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement, Wightwick provides an appropriate setting for a superb collection of William Morris textiles, wallpapers and furniture, William De Morgan ceramics, Charles Kempe stained glass, and many Pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings. We depart Wightwick and journey to the 4* Crowne Plaza Harrogate in time our 3 course evening meal.
After breakfast we visit the picturesque Yorkshire manor house Nunnington Hall. Here we enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful Yorkshire manor house, nestled on the quiet banks of the River Rye. We also explore the period rooms whilst hearing the Hall’s many tales and discover one of the world’s finest collections of miniature rooms in the attic. Famed for its picturesque location and organic walled garden, flamboyant resident peacocks and high profile art and photography exhibitions, Nunnington Hall offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Following breakfast we travel to the ancient ruins of Fountains Abbey and the awe-inspiring Studley Royal Water Garden. For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place. From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design. Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts. One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.
After breakfast we visit Treasurer’s House. A house of contradictions, café and garden in the centre of York tucked behind York Minster, Treasurer’s House is not as it first appears. In 1897, Frank Green (the grandson of a wealthy industrialist) bought the property and created a lavish show home, grand enough to impress Edward VII during his visit. He was passionate about history and indulged this by saving this and other buildings in York. Frank Green built a large collection of fine antiques, art and furniture, and this was the first house given to the National Trust, complete with its collection. The award-winning garden is an oasis of calm, so relax and enjoy unrivalled views of the Minster.
On our final day, we depart after breakfast and travel back to Devon, stopping en-route at Calke Abbey. The un-stately home and country estate with peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story. We discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded walled gardens and explore the orangery, auricula theatre and the kitchen gardens. Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve.
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