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Broughton Hall

Wednesday 11th December 2019


Broughton Hall

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Broughton Hall near Skipton is a Grade 1 listed house, home to the Tempest family for over 1000 years.  Although the core of the house dates back to 1597 it was much altered around 1755 and then recast by architect William Atkinson in the Neolassical style in 1809-11.  The rooms are in a rich but restrained Neoclassical style.  In 1855 the family called in the star garden maker of the day W. A. Nesfield, to create an Italianate terraced garden and at the same time add a wonderful cast-iron conservatory to the house which all add to the house and grounds as an important example of Picturesque Classicism.  Not usually open to the public, this is a rare opportunity to tour the recently restored interiors (under the guidance of decorator Alec Cobbe) with their impressive collection of Gillows furniture.

After our guided tour we make the short walk to Utopia for tea. Designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, an architect noted for combining ultra-modern techniques and traditional architecture, Utopia is a bespoke structure nestling in a walled garden created by award-winning designer Dan Pearson, and a delightful setting for our afternoon tea.

£49, includes coach transport, guided tour and afternoon tea (£55 to include a glass of Prosecco)

Coach pick-up points: 12.15 Roundhay Park, Old Tram Terminus; 12.30 Leeds, Bishopgate Street (layby opposite Scarborough Taps); 12.45 Kirkstall Abbey car park; 13.15 Ilkley, West Street coach pick-up, next to car park.