Wednesday 26 September: Nottinghamshire Country Visit


Thoresby Park and Winkburn Hall

Andrew Wells leads


Thoresby Park, near Newark, is unique as an exact copy of Palladio’s Villa Caldogno in Vicenza. Standing on the Thoresby Estate, which was acquired by Robert Pierrepoint, 1st Earl of Kingston, in 1633 and passed to the 1st Earl Manvers in 1786, the house was built by Manvers’ descendant Hugh Matheson, who lives there with his family. It contains artwork and furniture from Thoresby Hall, which was sold to the National Coal Board in 1979 and now operates as a hotel.

Winkburn Hall, near Southwell, has been occupied by the Burnell family since its construction circa 1695. This Grade I-listed, H-plan, red brick house underwent alterations in 1837 and retains many Georgian features, including a mid eighteenth-century cantilevered stone staircase as well as mid eighteenth-century panelling, chimneypieces, plasterwork and overdoors carved with naturalistic and Rococo elements. 


Lunch included


***£10 off booking when purchased before 31 July (£85 when booked after this date)***