Autumn Antiques Holiday         

November 16th - 21st  2014                       

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.


Edwin Lutyens, Architect to Dolls, Dukes and Dynasties.
This prolific architect designed over 3 dozen major English country houses and altered and added to many more, including re-modelling Lindisfarne Castle and building Castle Drogo.
Some of Lutyens most famous designs include the cenotaph in Whitehall, Thiepval arch on the Somme, the Viceroy's house in New Delhi (India), the British Embassy in Washington and the magnificent Johannesburg Art Gallery.
When Delhi was chosen to replace Calcutta as the seat of the British Indian government in 1912, Lutyens was appointed chief architect and over the next 20 years he designed New Delhi, creating in the process a new order of classical architecture now known as the ‘Delhi Order’.

In 1924 he completed the construction of what is perhaps his most well-known design, Queen Mary’s Doll’s House, a 1/12 scale four-storey Palladian Villa which stands in Windsor Castle.

Houses around Lake Windermere.
In anticipation of out visit to Broadleys, Nicholas will talk about the houses which sprang up around Lake Windermere in the 19th century, largely as a result of the arrival of the railway in Windermere, which allowed rich industrialists from Yorkshire, Lancashire & Liverpool to build second homes in the Lake District.

Chinese Export Porcelain with Tony Lonton
For centuries the West has been fascinated with the Orient and nothing was more fascinating than that mysterious imported material called porcelain. ‘Chinese export porcelain’ refers to a wide range of porcelain that was made and decorated in China exclusively for export to Europe and later to North America between the 16th and the 20th century.  Trade peaked in the 18th century and were typically tea-wares and dinner services, often Blue & White decorated with flowers, pine, prunus, bamboo or with pagoda landscapes, a style that inspired the ubiquitous Willow pattern.

Etiquette and Eccentricities

Much derided as a result of the writings of the likes of Nancy Mitford, etiquette is both socially divisive and socially enhancing - its small niceties oil the wheels of society. What is the difference between “napkins” and “serviettes”?  Do you wear scent before 11am?   Is it permissible to wear a hat indoors?   Find out all the does and don’ts in this entertaining talk by our fashionable lecturer, Belinda Alexander.

The Art of Dining
Sustenance is a basic human need and as man has moved into more sophisticated and comfortable surroundings, his eating habits have also moved on from using his bare hands.  First the table and the bench, then the chair, then the table-cloth, then the knife and later the fork and so on through the centuries. This talk will look at these increasingly elaborate and splendid developments and how eating was eventually transformed into a means of display and self-aggrandizement.



Broadleys, Windermere 
Built in 1898 for A Currer Briggs, a Leeds business-man. This is a masterpiece of the architect C FA Voysey and enjoys a panoramic view over the Lake Windermere and is one of the finest houses in the Arts and Crafts manner.  Now the Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club.
   Travel in own cars.

Muncaster Castle
A tour of this ancient stronghold which has towered over the Duddon valley since Roman times. Within its red sandstone walls are many architectural and artistic treasures including an impressive library, a barrel vaulted drawing room with a charming Reynolds of Elizabeth Ramsden. The textiles in the house are special and we shall have a chance to examine these closely under the supervision of Phillipa Turnbull, Britain’s leading authority on crewel-work. Lunch is included.
Time will be available in the afternoon for exploring the extensive castle grounds which is home to an owl sanctuary (unique in Britain).

Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness
Visit to the Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness. Sited in a former dry dock this extraordinar
y museum records the history of the town, which dates back to Viking times. There will also be a short talk and a viewing of the Furness Viking Hoard.

Abbey House, Barrow-in-Furness
Abbey House is the former guest house of the Vickers Engineering company and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1913.  Many famous visitors were entertained here relating to the launching of ships, including King George V, the Queen Mother and even the Prince of Siam.

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.



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