Specialist Tours

With a number of years of experience of providing specialist tours, Spirit of the Place is committed to continuing to provide different and unusual tour concepts. 

Examples of past specialist tours have included a series of private country house tours, for KCWC (Kensington & Chelsea Women's Circle)in 2010, a tour of Harry Clarke Stained Glass in Dublin (2016), Harry Clarke Stained Glass in County Mayo (2017), and most recently in 2018, Harry Clarke In Cork and South West Ireland; Churches and Stained Glass from the Tyne to the Wear; Houses, Castles, Gardens and Abbeys of the Borders; and Churches and Stained Glass of Herefordshire.

ADVANCE NOTICE

Planning is now complete and booking has started for the following tours,  which will take place during 2019

Harry Clarke and Others: Stained Glass in Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford and Waterford

Monday 3 June – Saturday 8 June (Five nights) Cost: £1200

This tour is number four in the series of tours to Ireland, which will encompass much of the output of Harry Clarke and his Studio, as well as the stained glass of contemporaries and more recent designers.

The stained glass and associated buildings of the South East of Ireland represent some of the most historic religious sites and the region is particularly rich in not just the work of Harry Clarke but also a host of others well known and not so well known, such as Maud Cotter, Hubert McGoldrick, Evie Hone, James Scanlon, Sarah Purser, Alfred Child, Richard King, Catherine O’Brien.

Based just outside of Waterford (the Greenway Manor Hotel) , we will be spending one day in the city, taking in the two cathedrals (Christchurch and Holy Trinity) a number of other churches and the Waterford Museum of Treasures

In addition there will be trips taking in the stunning coasts and inland to visit a further range of churches and cathedrals, such as Wexford, Ardmore, Lissmore (Cathedral and Castle Gardens), Kilkenny, Jerpoint, Gorey, Kilbride, Thules, Athassel and Cashel.

Included in the price:

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast; travel during the tour; all entry fees and donations. We will also be providing transport to and from the designated pick up point of Dublin Airport

Churches and Stained Glass of East Sussex

Monday 24 June – Saturday 29 June (Five Nights) Cost: £1200

 From the Regency and Victorian splendour of Brighton eastwards to the very edge of the Romney Marsh and Kent, East Sussex provides a wealth of not just stained glass but some outstanding churches and monuments representing all periods.

These churches allow for an unrivalled range of designers and artists to be viewed, such as Harry Clarke, CE Kempe, ES Prior, Burne Jones, William Morris, Ford Madox Brown, Gill, Comper, Henry Wilson, Henry Holiday, Martin Travers, Bodley, Scott Senior, Clayton & Bell, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Duncan Strachan, John Piper.

Alongside the large seaside towns of Brighton, Eastbourne smaller former seaside ports such as Winchelsea and Rye provide testament to the rich past of this county. There are delightful downland settlements such as Bishopstone, Iford and Alfriston. The county town of Lewes provides a marvellous setting and wealth of glass and fittings. Heading north into the Wealden areas, a range of churches such as Withyam, Crowborough, Chailey Salehurst provide memorable settings and stunning fittings and glass. Finally there is of course the former Convent, now the Ashdown Park Hotel, at Wych Cross, which possesses the largest set of Harry Clarke stained glass in England

Included in the price:

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast; travel during the tour; all entry fees and donations. We will also be providing transport to and from the designated pick up point and the Hotel.

Houses, Gardens, Castles, Abbeys and Churches of Dumfries and Galloway

Friday 30 August – Wednesday 4 September (Five Nights) Cost: £1100.00

Dumfries and Galloway can point to being possibly the least explored and visited area of Scotland. It is an area fabulously rich in historic sites, ranging from evocative ruins of abbeys and castles, through to magnificent houses, collections and their gardens. All of this is set against a backdrop of some of the most varied and stunning scenery in Scotland. Based at the Ernespie House Hotel, just outside Castle Douglas, the tour will include visits to amongst others, Glenwhan Gardens, The Great Steward of Dumfries House, Culzean Castle, Broughton House, Threave House and Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle; the abbeys of Glenluce, Sweetheart, Dundrennan and Whithorn Priory.In addition a number of ruined castles, specialist birthplace museums and the magnificent 1930’s Water Power Station at Tongland.

Included in the price:

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast; travel during the tour; all entry fees and donations. We will also be providing transport to and from the designated pick up point of Carlisle Railway Station

Please note that there is NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

On request a booking form will be sent to you, which should be returned with a deposit of £200 per person per tour.

If you are interested in any of these programmes please contact me, by email, as there will be only limited places available.