Autumn Antiques Holiday         

November 15th - 20th  2015                       

Rothay Manor has been running Antiques holidays for over 20 years in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District, and this year is running the same holiday twice at the start of the year. The holidays are designed for people with an interest in fine art and antiques, with the emphasis being on a pleasant and relaxing time in the company of fellow enthusiasts, rather than formal teaching. Groups are limited to 25, and are well suited to anyone on their own.


Grinling Gibbons, The Master-Carver.
Probably England’s best known wood-carver, whose work enhances some of our great country houses and the masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren: St Paul’s Cathedral.

William Kent,
by Peter Osborne.
One of the 18th century’s most influential designer and architect. Subject to a major exhibition in 2014, the influence on this Bridlington-born designer has been hugely enhanced in recent years.

James Gillray and his successors in the Art of Caricature.
Caricature is never kind, ridiculing as it does the failings and the foibles of the great and the good. However it was never more virulent than in the 18th century so that today’s caricaturists seem almost banal by comparison.

George III and Queen Charlotte and their Collections.
The story of this enlightened couple and how the biggest private collection of Canaletto paintings came to the Royal Collection.


Abbott Hall Gallery, Kendal.
To view a major exhibition of Canaletto’s Architecture: Celebrating Georgian Britain examines the artist’s nearly 10
year stay in England from 1746. As well as showing works created during that time, the exhibition also shows the extreme contrast between Canaletto’s depiction of the Palladian architecture of his native Venice – including typical views of Palladio’s Redentore and San Giorgio Maggiore – with the works he created in England.

St Martin’s Church, Brampton
A visit the masterpiece of the architect, Phillip Webb, with spectacular stained glass windows by Burne-Jones. Adjacent antique centre and lunch at the Lanercost centre (included).

Naworth Castle.
The ancient seat of the Earls of Carlisle. Formerly a great stronghold of the Lord Wardens of the Marches, Naworth is a romantic, medieval castle set in rugged and historic Border country, some twelve miles north east of Carlisle. Home of the Dacre and Howard families, the castle dates back to the early 14th century, although there is evidence of an earlier fortification in 1270.

Lakeland Motor Museum.
The enlarged collection of some 30000 items traces the history of transport throughout the 20th century and includes, cycles, motorbikes, cars and ephemera. The Campbell family, who created 21 land and water speed records, are also represented. In addition the museum houses exhibits relating to the local gunpowder factories and local life.

Cartmel Priory.
The Priory is of 12th century origin and during its long life has endured many vicissitudes including dissolution under Henry VIII, loss of its roof, use as a prison, a grammar school and as a stables. The tower sits at a 45 degree angle to its base and is unique. Free time in the village.

The Host 

Nicholas Merchant's career has mirrored his abiding interest in antiques, and embraces architecture, particularly country houses, their Collections and Gardens. Through his work at Sothebys and Phillips, Auctioneers in London and Leeds, he has acquired a wide general knowledge of Antiques.

He is a member of the Furniture History Society, the National Trust, and the Chippendale Society. In addition to conducting travel groups, he is an accredited lecturer with the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts, and has lectured extensively including at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He divides his time between lecturing, valuation work, and his book business specialising in Reference Works on Decorative and Fine Arts. Notes will accompany each talk, and Nicholas will be present and available throughout the course. Items for discussion are welcomed from course members.



The 5-night holiday runs from Sunday evening through to Friday morning, and the prices are per person and include full English breakfast, Morning coffee, 3 course dinner and VAT @ 20% for the 5 night stay.


Non-participating partners are welcome, and the cost for them is £50 less than above.


We ask for a deposit of £150 per person for the 5-night holiday, which can be made by cheque or credit card. This is non-refundable unless the room is subsequently relet, and cancellation insurance is available.