Derbyshire, England: "Prince Among Counties"

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this once-in-a-lifetime tour of Derbyshire, England. During the course of this program, participants will have the special opportunity to tour some of the county's most exquisite private residences and architectural sites.

The tour begins and ends in London. Traveling by private motor-coach, tour participants will be greeted in Derbyshire with a daily rush of private tours, luncheons and dinners. This tour's overnight accommodations are the Breadsall Priory Hotel & Spa (the priory dates from 1260) and the Cavendish Hotel located at Baslow, which is part of the Chatsworth Estate, the ancestral home of the Devonshires. The Duchess of Devonshire, herself, selected the décor and furnishings for the Cavendish, many items coming from her home. Edensor Village and the Chatsworth Farm Shop are also part of the estate.

This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note that a registration form and deposit must be submitted to Classical Excursions and a confirmation of receipt must be received from Classical Excursions in order to be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $500 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. To inquire about registration for this program, please contact Lani Summerville at [email protected] or 413-446-8728 or Tom Hayes [email protected] or 413-243-4155.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.

Renishaw Hall

This program includes a private tour and lunch at Renishaw Hall, home of the Sitwell aesthetes, Osbert, Edith, and Sacheverell. Lunch will be hosted by Sir Reresby, son of Sacheverell, and Lady Sitwell. This country house is personified by centuries of style and includes a Jacobean Smoke Room in bright red with yellow paneling, an Adamesque dining room added in 1793 in soft pink, a Regency wing containing the ballroom and drawing room in which hangs that splendid Sargent portrait of the three Sitwells, and ravishing gardens created by Sir Reresby's grandfather.

Kedleston Hall

This tour includes a visit to Kedleston Hall to view its extraordinary interiors and furniture by the great Robert Adam. The Curzon owners, who arrived in England at the time of the Norman Conquest, had one particularly famous son, Sir George Curzon, Viceroy of India.

Sudbury Hall

This program includes a private tour of Sudbury Hall to experience sumptuous interiors restored by John Fowler of Colefax and Fowler. The remarkable richness of the interior decoration extends from the cupola to the ground-floor drawing room. The famous masterpiece is the voluptuously Baroque, wood and plaster Great Staircase.

The Peak District and Buxton

Participants will visit the popular resort area, The Peak District, which was designated Britain's first National Park in 1951, and the spa town of Buxton, a miniature of Bath with its own Crescent of buildings, elaborately decorated Assembly Rooms, and recently restored Opera House.

Catton Hall

This tour includes a a private lunch at Catton Hall, presided over by the Neilsons, descendants of the same owning family since 1405. The house is Georgian plain on the exteriors and rich on the interior, with fancy Rococo plasterwork, musical trophies, and classical door cases.

Hardwick Hall

This tour includes a visit to Hardwick Hall, built for the richest woman in England, Bess of Hardwick. This house is splendidly Elizabethan with a seemingly endless array of shimmering windows, and breathtaking interiors. The High Great Chamber is decorated with Brussels tapestries of Ulysses beneath a plaster frieze in color of the Hunt of Diana.

Haddon Hall

This program includes a visit to Haddon Hall which is considered "the most perfect English house to survive from the Middle Ages."


This tour includes a trip to Chatsworth, and a special visit with the Duke. First built by Bess of Hardwick in 1522 and rebuilt in the 17th century, this estate's State Rooms are now shown as never before with magnificent original furniture and gold and silver pieces. The vast gardens were designed by "Capability" Brown and Sir Joseph Paxton.

Melbourne Hall

This program includes a visit to Melbourne Hall, which began as a mini-cathedral and was rebuilt as a private house in 1629. Portraits on view trace the ownership from the Cokes to the Lambs, including the politicians Lord Melbourne and Lord Palmerston, and the writer Lady Caroline Lamb. The gardens contain a filigree wrought-iron arbor and a yew tunnel.

Tissington Hall

This program includes a private visit and dinner at Tissington Hall hosted by the owner Richard Fitzpatrick.

Bolsover Castle

This tour includes a visit to Bolsover Castle, the Stuart mansion with stunning views of Derbyshire.

Casterne Hall

This program includes a private lunch and visit to Casterne Hall, a grade II manor house in the heart of the peak district.


How do I register for an ICAA travel program?

If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program.

What does the required $500 donation fund?

Your $500 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.

Am I required to pay a $500 donation for each travel program I register for?

Yes, a donation of $500 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.

How do I make my $500 donation to the ICAA?

You can make your $500 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.

Do I have to be a member of the ICAA to participate in an ICAA travel program?

No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.

I don’t see the full itinerary for the tour I am interested in. When will it be released?

For full itinerary and more information, contact [email protected], 860-926-4895. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.

What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations. The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected]