5 Day National Trust Holiday in Lincoln
10th – 14th August 2020
Holiday Inn, Brayford Wharf, Lincoln
We depart Devon, with a coffee stop en route, and arrive about Midday day at our first NT Property of the week, Charlecote Park in Warwickshire. Built with warm red bricks in the 1550’s and decorated in Warwickshire stone, the house has been home to the Lucy family for over 800 years. Their home has a fascinating history to explore before we head off to Lincoln and check into our hotel, the Holiday Inn set on trendy Brayford Wharf. We will have time to freshen up before dinner.
Today we head into Lincoln to spend the day exploring Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle. For almost 300 years the Cathedral was the tallest building in the world. Yet, in spite of it’s size, it is filled with intricate detail. The architects of the gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art. Everywhere you look there is the most intricate detail, walls & roofs elaborated by the finest carving. We discover a world of rich history at Lincoln Castle. The castle is home to the Lincoln Magna Carta, dating back to 1215, as well as the Charter of the Forest. Lincoln Castle is the only place where you can see the two documents together in the world. Experience the magnificent view of Lincoln Cathedral from the castle, as well as the city of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside.
We leave Lincoln for the day and head to Derbyshire to visit Kedleston Hall. Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland. Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of painting, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam. The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th Century and continue to live at the Hall to this day.
Today we visit Belton House, the perfect English country house, set in its own extensive deer park. Built in the late 17th Century by ‘Young’ Sir John Brownlow, Belton was designed to impress. Opulent décor, stunning silverware, wonderful woodcarvings, imposing paintings – including many old masters – and personal momentos convey wealth, but also a family atmosphere.
On our last day we head back to Devon via our last NT property, Upton House & Gardens, in Warwickshire. Lord Bearsted made Upton his country home in 1927 and set about creating the perfect country residence for his family and growing art collection. Explore the fashionable tastes of the day and learn how to create a home made-to-measure. Enjoy the historic gardens and see beautiful blooms as you explore the terraced borders.
Price: NT Member £345 per person for a twin or double room (single supplement £70)
Non Member £415 per person for a twin or double room (single supplement £70)
Includes: Hotel accommodation with full English breakfast & 3 course evening meal. Entrance to all properties