14.05.2020, 00:00 A.M.
This event has been postponed due to the present issues with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will issue a new date as soon as we can.
Derbyshire with the Irish Georgian Society - 14 to 18 MAY
As Irish Georgians will be aware, the first Country House Tour with the 20-Ghost Club was in 1978, in Oxfordshire, and became a firm fixture in our annual calendar. This year’s Tour is to be in Derbyshire, which was last visited by the two societies in 1983 - 37 years ago - and we felt it was time for a return visit.
Derbyshire is known for being the county with some of the greatest houses in the land. As always, a number of the houses we will be visiting are still in private hands – many of them for centuries. The itinerary is not finalised at the time of writing this, so things are still somewhat fluid. So far we have concentrated on lining up the less well known houses and the tour is expected to include Casterne Hall, Melbourne Hall, Staunton Harold Hall, Tissington Hall, Renishaw Hall, Locko Park and Thrumpton Hall. Others are in the pipeline. Members should remember though that the itinerary is subject to change as details are confirmed. At the present time it is expected that we will not be including a visit to Chatsworth during the weekend, as our tour coincides with the Chatsworth Horse Trials – a particularly busy event for the family. Also it is expected that most of those coming on the trip will have visited the house and gardens in the past. Alternatively they might like to consider planning a visit either side of the established tour.
In view of the large number of houses to be visited – and the logistics involved – it has been decided to start the tour immediately after breakfast on Friday 15th May and to finish at the usual time of late afternoon on Monday 18th May. More precise details will be sent to all those booked on the tour when the arrangements and itinerary have been confirmed. As always, our transport with be provided by the magnificent pre-1939 Rolls Royces of the 20 Ghost Club.
The tour will be based at the Breadsall Priory Hotel, Moor Road, Morley, Derby DE7 6DL. The hotel is approx 5 miles north of Derby. In view of the earlier than usual start time, we have made provisional booking at the hotel for everyone, for the night of Thursday 14th May. To quote from the hotel’s website: “Nowhere does the allure of history meet modern comforts more elegantly”. We shall see!