Guests check in at The Grange Hotel or the Hilton York Central Hotel. After a welcome drinks reception we have a private tour of the lovingly restored Fairfax House, described as the 'finest Georgian townhouse in England.' Dinner at the Hotel.
After breakfast we make our way into Ryedale to the home of Sir Charles Legard, Scampston Hall. The walled garden by the Dutch designer Piet Oudolf is a stunningly beautiful contemporary design which received international acclaim. A private tour of the hall follows in which we will see paintings by Gainsborough, Romney, Marlow and Lely in the Regency interior.
We continue into the Howardian Hills to John Vanburgh's first architectural creation - Castle Howard. There will be a guided tour of the baroque castle and time to explore the parkland with its lake and temples.
We return to York at for dinner at the hotel or a nearby restaurant.
Today we go back further in time as we journey to the magnificent Tudor-Jacobean mansion of Temple Newsam. This is a treasure house and we will have a private tour of the extensive rooms particularly noted for the furnishings by Chippendale.
After lunch we return to York for a guided tour of York Minster; a welcome relief from the heat of a summer's day.
There will be free time to enjoy the city and browse the shops before dinner.
An optional river cruise may be available.
Check out will be available after a leisurely breakfast.