Art Collections & Stately Homes of the West Country
31 Aug — 4 Sep 2021 | Tour Director: Rupert Dickens
• From a base in Bath, explore the art treasures of this fine Georgian city, as well as historical houses in the surrounding countryside
• Enjoy special access to private homes including Longford Castle, a magnificent country house dating back to the Elizabethan era and home to a fine collection of art, as well as nearby Wilton House and Corsham Court
• Learn about the lives of individual collectors, such as the remarkable William Blathwayt of Dyrham Park
Rupert is an art historian and journalist specialising in Dutch and Flemish art.
Tour assembles 1315 at The Bird, Bath, for four nights. Afternoon in Bath: Holburne Museum and Victoria Art Gallery. Evening lecture: Collectors & their Country Houses.
Morning: Longford Castle (outstanding interiors and art collection) followed by Salisbury for visit to the cathedral. Afternoon: Wilton House (famous state rooms and notable art collection).
Morning: Corsham Court (18th century Picture Gallery) followed by Lacock Abbey (with Fox Talbot Museum) and picturesque village. Afternoon: Dyrham Park (17th century Dutch collection). Evening lecture: Gainsborough, Bath & the Georgian Portrait.
Morning lecture: The Palladian Splendour of Stourhead followed by visit to Stourhead (splendid art collection). Afternoon: Iford Manor Gardens (beautiful secluded gardens).
Morning visit to No 1 Royal Crescent Museum, Bath (beautifully refurbished Georgian interiors). Tour disperses c 1145.
31 Aug — 4 Sep 2021
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This is not a strenuous tour, but will involve some walking to reach visits and exploring the grounds of stately homes. Please note that the historical buildings visited on this tour may have uneven surfaces and steps to navigate, and lifts are not always available.
Read Rupert's introduction to Dyrham Park in his blog post here.
Cost of £1365 includes: accommodation based on sharing a deluxe twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions (including guided tour of Longford Castle at a cost of £14pp), gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, standard double room for single use supplement £215.