Middle England Castles, Gardens & Manors
- Duration: 5 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TELL8155
- Travel Type: Coach
A visit to Lamport Hall & Gardens gives us an insight to the Isham Family, the history of the Hall and the story behind the Hall’s survival. A Tudor founder, blind book collector, wayward 17th century grand tourist, eccentric Victorian, Hollywood actor, commanding wives and dedicated daughters – Lamport is full of characters. As home to the Isham family for over four centuries, the fortunes, interests and trials of each generation have left their mark. Nestled in the Northamptonshire countryside, and yet only a short drive from the motorway network, Lamport has a story worth telling. Developed from a Tudor manor house, architecturally the hall has been worked on by John Webb, Smith of Warwick and William Burn but is best known for its classical frontage. The Hall’s fine rooms, including the High Room of 1655 and 18th century library, are filled with a wealth of outstanding furniture, books, china and paintings collected by the Isham family. Most were bought during the third Baronet’s Grand Tour of Europe, in the 1670s. The first floor has undergone lengthy restoration, allowing further paintings and furniture to be displayed.
We also take time to visit the remarkable Rockingham Castle which was built on the instruction of William the Conqueror.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
· Admission to Lamport Hall & Gardens
· Admission to Rockingham Castle
· Admission to Boughton House
· Visit to the Old Stone Town of Stamford
· We make the journey to Lamport Hall & Gardens where we enjoy a guided tour of the Hall with an experienced guide who will share stories of the Isham Family, the history of the Hall and the inspirational story behind the Hall’s survival in the twentieth century. There will be free time to explore the gardens and the “Through the Ages” exhibition, the Museum of Rural Life. From here we continue to Boughton House, one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. As well as the splendour of the House, you can also enjoy the 18th century landscaped gardens.
· A visit to the remarkable Rockingham Castle which was built on the instruction of William the Conqueror and has been home of the Watson family for 450 years. Highlights include: the Old Kitchen; the Panel Room; the Long Gallery and the Great Hall. Following this visit we make our way to Stamford, the most complete stone town in England; whole streets unchanged over the centuries with 600 listed mellow limestone buildings.
· We enjoy a visit to Coventry with its colourful and rich past, documented across a thousand years of fascinating history.Back to top