Wentworth Woodhouse and Welbeck Abbey

Date:
Tuesday 4th – Wednesday 5th August 2020

Tour Price:
£480 per person sharing a room (+ £40 single supplement)

Find out more: For full itinerary and booking form please email sue@suestamptours.com

I am delighted to offer this overnight excursion to visit two of England’s most historically significant houses, Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire and Welbeck Abbey in North Nottinghamshire, the family seat of the Dukes of Portland since 1607 and home to an extensive fine and decorative art collection known as The Portland Collection.

Wentworth Woodhouse is a Grade I listed country house in South Yorkshire and is currently owned by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust. Architecturally, Wentworth is one of the most impressive houses in England, boasting the longest façade (606ft) of any country house in Europe. In its heyday, its magnificent interiors and collections ranked as highly as other great Yorkshire houses such as Harewood and Castle Howard. The house is currently undergoing a major restoration project.

The majority of the State Rooms retain much of their fine architectural detail and highlights of our tour will include the magnificent pillared Hall and the first floor Marble Saloon (pictured) – once dubbed the finest Georgian room in England.

We will also have the opportunity to take a special rooftop tour following our tour of the State Rooms, after which we have afternoon tea and a relaxed tour in the grounds before heading to our hotel.

We overnight at Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa, Barnby Moor, Retford, Nottinghamshire, a beautifully furnished 4* hotel that combines opulent contemporary interiors with the history and character of a building that started life as a 17th century farm. We’ll have time for an aperitif in the art deco bar before a three-course dinner (wine included) in the AA Rosette restaurant.

On Tuesday we travel to Welbeck Abbey, the private family home of the Duke of Portland who generously open their doors for small group tours of the State Rooms during the month of August.

The Welbeck estate extends to 15,000 acres, much of which sits within Sherwood Forest with Welbeck Abbey at its heart. The original Abbey was founded as a monastery in 1153 and following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Bess of Hardwick’s youngest son, Sir Charles Cavendish, acquired Welbeck in 1607. Over the years the Cavendish family converted the Abbey into a country house and by offering tours of the State Rooms, members of the public are able to have a rare glimpse of exquisite paintings and objects from The Portland Collection in situ in the house.

The Portland Collection is Welbeck’s historic collection of fine and decorative art, amassed over the centuries by the Dukes of Portland and their families. It includes one of the UK’s largest privately-owned and significant collection of British portraits and is particularly known for its superb range of miniature paintings dating back to the Tudor period and probably second only to the Royal Collection.

Maximum group size: 25

Heritage Group Travel (based in Bath) are the official bonded tour operator for Sue Stamp Tours overnight trips and bookings will be made directly through them – details available when you request the full itinerary and booking form.


 

 

Find out more: For full itinerary and booking form please email sue@suestamptours.com

Image credits: Exterior and interior of Wentworth Woodhouse – courtesy of The Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust
Exterior of Welbeck Abbey c. The Harley Gallery

Need to Know 
Meet Sue at
Sheffield railway station where we pick up a local coach.
This tour is inclusive of all costs for the two days including private tours at both houses, buffet lunch and afternoon tea on Tuesday, morning coffee and lunch on Wednesday, local coach, overnight accommodation bed & breakfast and three-course dinner with wine. The only cost excluded is your return train travel.