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Art Across Four Counties QQQ

Buckinghamshire, England

  • Windsor Castle
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Christchurch Picture Gallery Museum
  • Denham Grove
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Join us on this art appreciation break, visiting Syon House and Osterley Park, the Ashmolean Museum, Windsor castle and more…

If you love art, indulge your passion on this five-day holiday in Buckinghamshire exclusively for solo travellers. Look forward to inspecting the glorious interiors of the grand historic houses of Syon House and Osterley Park, in Middlesex. With collections from modern art to Greek sculpture, the collections of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford will hold you spell-bound, then contrast the Old Masters at Christcurch Picture Gallery Museum.

Plus you’ll have a whole day at Windsor Castle, whose State Apartments house some of the Royal Collection's finest paintings. You can also look forward to four illustrated art talks from your expert host to enrich your holiday, plus a stay in a comfortable conference centre, an ideal base from which to explore the art of the area.

Including...

  • Expert Host
  • Saga Host
  • Included themed activities
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Meet and greet with expert host
  • Free hotel Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage
  • Cancellation rights

Plus, this hotel features:

  • All breakfasts and dinners

Included excursions:

  • Three excursions with five visits

Address

Denham Grove, Tilehouse Land, Denham, UB9 5DG

Introduction

Set in 42 acres of tranquil Buckinghamshire parkland, under two miles from the village of Denham and just nine miles from Windsor, this locally rated three-star conference centre is surprisingly close to the outer reaches of West London, and is perfectly placed to explore the area being within easy reach of both the M40 and M25.

Accommodation

All 100 bedrooms are either on the ground or first floor. There are no lifts.

Television
Telephone
Tea coffee making facilities
Wi-Fi

Food and Drink

A sample menu from Denham Grove might include roasted pork belly served with sticky red cabbage and apple fritters to crispy skin sea bass with braised leeks, saffron potatoes and sauce Vierge. Light dining options, and drinks, are available from the bar if you want a snack. There is a hot and cold breakfast buffet, you can opt for the full English, or might prefer muesili and pastries. After a delicious meal you can relax in the lounge. There is also room service if you want to order a light meal in your room.

A contemporary bedroom
The restaurant
The pool

Climate

Four counties

From your base in Buckinghamshire you’re perfectly placed for exploring the artistic and architectural highlights of Syon House and Osterley Park in Middlesex. In nearby Berkshire you’ll visit famous Windsor Castle, while Oxford is home to the Ashmolean Museum and Christchurch Picture Gallery Museum, both part of the University of Oxford.

Your programme

Syon House:

This former medieval abbey site was granted to the Duke of Northumberland at the end of the 16th century, and has been in the Percy family for over 400 years. The Tudor mansion was remodelled by Robert Adam for the 1st Duke in 1760's and the interiors are widely regarded as one of Adam’s best examples of neo-classical splendour. Syon House sits in 30 acres of garden within a 200-acre park created by 'Capability' Brown. The spectacular domed Great Conservatory designed by Charles Fowler, was added in the 1820s. Within this fine house you can admire the Percy family’s wide-ranging collection of art and antiques, amassed over their centuries here.

Osterley Park:

Robert Adams also had a hand in this red-brick mansion, built in the 16th century for the merchant Sir Thomas Gresham, but bought by the banker Francis Child in 1711. He employed Adams to remodel it for his grandson Robert in 1763-80, and it is Adam’s double portico linking the two wings, that you can see today. You can see his Neo-classicist influences inside the house too, in the colour scheme, statues and Greek motifs. There is also a semi-circular garden house designed by Adam and a Doric Temple of Pan in the surrounding parkland.

Ashmolean Museum:

From modern art to Greek and Roman sculpture, the collections of this world-famous Museum will hold you spell-bound. The only problem will be deciding what to look at first! The University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, the Ashmolean, was founded in 1683, making it the world’s oldest public museum. The famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and time. As you move up through the galleries of the museum you’ll discover how most of the world’s great civilisations developed from the Ancient World to the present day.

Christchurch Picture Gallery Museum:

Wander through the important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings housed in this purpose-built gallery. The collection includes works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, Rubens and van Dyck, as well as works on paper, sculpture and metal icons.

Windsor Castle:

This famous castle needs no introduction. Look forward to spending a full day here, visiting the State Apartments – home to some of the Royal Collection's finest paintings including works by Rembrandt and Canaletto, the exquisite miniature world of Queen Mary's Dollshouse, iconic St George's Chapel and more.


Art Across Four Counties QQQ

Buckinghamshire, England

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