Autumn Antiques Holiday
November 17th - 22nd 2013
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.
‘The Earls of Lonsdale‘ - In preparation for the following day’s visit, Nicholas will explore something of the history of this Lakeland peerage with particular reference to the ‘Yellow Earl’ whose appetite for boxing gave rise to the ‘Lonsdale Belt’ and who entertained the bombastic Kaiser William II of Germany at Lowther in 1906.
‘Country Houses of the North‘
- Country Houses of the North will include some of the North of England’s best known houses such as Alnwick, Castle Howard and Harewood, but also some of the lesser houses such as Levens Hall, Astley Hall, Meols Hall and Dalton Hall…Nicholas will set them all in their context and help you discover how a range of architecture far from being a thing of the past is very much alive and well in these difficult financial times.
Abbot Hall Art Gallery
- Built originally as a fine Georgian house on the outskirts of Kendal, is now a permanent museum. In addition to the exhibition below, you may care to view the Gillow furniture, the permanent collection of paintings or a visit to the adjacent Parish Church.
“Bloomsbury and Beyond”
- This promises to be a not-to-be-missed exhibition for all those with an interest in 20th century art. A travelling exhibition drawn from the RADEV Collection (www.theradevcollection.org) with works by Ivon Hitchens, Graham Sutherland, Spencer Gore and many others. We will have guided tour round the exhibition.
Abbeyhorn - A unique business creating domestic utensils and giftware from animal horn. We will have a brief talk on the processes involved and a chance to visit the factory shop.
- Something of a rarity in that we are making a return visit to this magnificent Lakeland ruin to see the developments since our last visit. Gone are the drills and piles of building materials in the courtyard and in their place are sparkling new dining arrangements and a shop also the gallery showing treasures from the Lowther Art Collection.
Visit will include a talk on the restoration of the gardens and consolidation of the Castle and then walk round extensive gardens (weather permitting).
- a return visit to this remarkable work of restoration to see what has been achieved since our last visit and to see the church of St Wilfred, adjacent to the house. This remarkable treasure house has associations with Lady Anne Clifford.
- An eccentric 19th century castle, sometime holiday home of Beatrix Potter, is being restored by the National Trust. We will have an opportunity to explore the castle and see the work that is being done. Stout shoes and thick jumpers required.
- A unique business creating domestic utensils and giftware from animal horn. We will have a brief talk on the processes involved and a chance to visit the factory shop.
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 price is per person and includes 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.