Visit : Wednesday 12th September 2018 – Syon House & London’s Arcadia

 

Departure :         Newbury Rugby Club   08.30 am                        Return : 19.00 approx
                            Newbury Wharf            08.40 am

 

Organiser :     Mrs Valerie Jackson                          Tel : 01635 578349
                                                                       Mobile :  (on the day) 07711 398818


 

Syon House, home to the Dukes of Northumberland, is the last ducal residence to survive in the Greater London area. This magnificent house full of great paintings and furniture is perhaps the finest Robert Adam interior in the country. For hundreds of years Richmond has been a favourite retreat of royalty, the rich and the famous. Combine an entertaining Blue Badge guided tour of Syon House and visit to Richmond with an exploration of a part of well-heeled West London known in Georgian times as London’s Arcadia.

We meet the Blue Badge guide in Richmond at 10.30 am to purchase morning refreshments. Richmond was named by Henry VII for his favourite Earldom in Yorkshire. A gateway of the Tudor Palace still remains on Richmond Green once the scene of tournaments and pageants and today surrounded by elegant period houses. Enjoy a gentle stroll to appreciate the timeless charm of this elegant Thames-side town. It’s a great place for lunch and browsing too with plenty of pubs and cafes.

During the 18th Century, an Arcadia or “idyllic pastoral landscape” was created along the Thames to the West of London. Magnificent Royal and aristocratic palaces, gardens and parks were linked by a series of avenues and all set within a framework of meadows and woodland. Our Arcadian coach tour includes the only view in the UK protected by an Act of Parliament and some beautiful houses including Noel Coward’s childhood home.

At Syon House the grand scale and splendour of the interiors resembles the Imperial Rome of a Hollywood epic. The vivid Red Drawing Room displays Cipriani’s incredible painted ceiling of 239 medallions but Adam’s true genius is revealed in the 136 ft Long Gallery where the original Jacobean wood panelling was replaced by delicate plasterwork and “finished in a style to afford variety and amusement especially for the ladies”. From the eleven windows there is a spectacular view over the last
tidal water-meadow on the River Thames. Syon House is a popular film location so you may recognise rooms from the BBC drama “The Lost Prince” or the acclaimed film “Gosford Park”. There’s a café next to the house for tea before heading home at 4.45 pm.

Cost : £46 per person to include, coach, driver’s gratuity and Blue Badge Guide.

 

Booking Slip

 

Visit : Wednesday 12th September 2018 – Syon House & London’s Arcadia


Organiser : Mrs Valerie Jackson, 41 Shepherds Mount, Compton, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 6QY

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Pick up point – please tick the appropriate box below:

( ) I/We require parking space at the Rugby Club and include additional £2.50 in my cheque*
( ) I/We require to be picked up at the Rugby Club but do not require parking space
( ) I/We require to be picked up at the Wharf
( ) I/We require to be picked up at The Bear at Hungerford (at Tour Leaders discretion)

Please contact the Tour Organiser if you are a wheelchair user. Please enclose s.a.e. (minimum size 22cm x 11cm). NB: If you omit your post code or use insufficient postage your application will be delayed and you may not get on the outing. *Also note that parking charges have been increased by the Rugby Club.






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