POSTPONED - Derbyshire, England: "Prince Among Counties"

This travel program has been postponed from its original dates of June 4 - 12, 2020. Please check back for further announcements regarding rescheduled dates.

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.

Featured on this exciting tour is a visit to Haddon Hall with legendary landscape designer Arne Maynard and an exclusive private visit to Radburne Hall with owner Lady Chichester, and a visit to stunning Chatsworth that includes a special visit with the Duke.

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.


This tour includes a trip to Chatsworth, and a special visit with the Duke which will include a tour of the house's private apartments. 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.

Haddon Hall

This program includes a visit to Haddon Hall and private reception with Lord and Lady Edward Manners. In addition to visiting this castle, which historian Simon Jenkins has called "the most perfect English house to survive from the Middle Ages," participants will enjoy a tour of the gardens with renowned garden designer Arne Maynard.

Eyam Hall

This program includes a a tour of Eyam Hall with the owners Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wright, descendants of the original builder Thomas Wright. This house is rich in 17th century rooms and memorabilia, including the Tapestry Room which is wallpapered from floor to ceiling with woven material.

Hardwick Hall

This program includes a tour of Hardwick Hall conducted by Andrew Barber, regional director of the National Trust. 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.

Tissington Hall

This program includes a private visit and dinner at Tissington Hall hosted by the owner Richard FitzHerbert. This hall combines Jacobean paneling with 18th century Gothic decoration and Gothic Chippendale chairs.

Lyme Park

Participants will visit Lyme Park in the popular resort area The Peak District which was designated Britain's first National Park. This noble house belonged to the same family for over 600 years and was given to the National Trust in 1946.

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.

Bolsover Castle

This tour includes a visit to Bolsover Castle, a romantic hilltop ruin with stunning views of Derbyshire.

Kedleston Hall

This tour includes a visit to Kedleston Hall to view its extraordinary interiors and furniture by the great Robert Adam. Members of the Curzon family, who arrived in England at the time of the Norman Conquest, still occupy the west wing of the hall.

Casterne Hall

This program includes a private lunch and visit to Casterne Hall with the owners Charles and Caroline Hunt.

Radburne Hall

This program includes a private visit to Radburne Hall with the owner Lady Chichester. This seven bayed building is known for fine plaster interior work and chimney pieces.

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.

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.

What’s included

  • A one-night stay at the Bloomsbury Hotel, in London's historic Bloomsbury neighborhood.
  • A four-night stay at Cavendish Hotel, Baslow, an historic inn acquired by the Duke of Devonshire in 1830.
  • A two-night stay at the Marriott Breadsall Priory, Morley, a resort hotel with origins in the 13th Century.
  • A one-night stay at Lanesborough Hotel, London.

Chatsworth House (Pixabay)

Haddon Hall (Wikimedia Commons)

Hardwick Hall (Wikimedia Commons)

Kedleston Hall (Wikimedia Commons)

Lyme Hall (Wikimedia Commons)

Reinshaw Hall (Wikimedia Commons)


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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?

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

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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]