The Great Houses of Ireland

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

September 15-21, 2019England

This tour explored the finest houses and gardens in and around Co. Kilkenny. From the grand Castletown, Ireland’s largest and most important 18th century country house, to the intimate Dangan Cottage, the charming home of Christopher Moore, to Kilfane Glen, one of the finest 18th century romantic gardens in Ireland, we got a taste of the best of the Emerald Isle.

Based at Mount Juliet, a glorious five-star hotel that began life in the 18th century as a country house, we experienced locally-inspired cuisine, were accompanied by the finest expert guides, and had privileged access, all part of a carefully paced itinerary. There is no better way to discover the allure of Ireland.

Mount Juliet, Courtesy of Mount Juliet

Palladio and the English Country House

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

June 16-22, 2019England

Based at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath and Amberley Castle in Sussex, this tour traced the influence of the great 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio through the countryside of southern England. With visits to enchanting Stourhead, sublime Iford Manor, and The Vyne, the first house in England with a classical portico, Curt DiCamillo and English architectural historian Oliver Gerrish led a luxurious English-Palladian romp!

Worcester Lodge, Badminton House. Photo: Curt DiCamillo

Pilgrim Escape to Leiden

June 2-9, 2019The Netherlands

We traveled to the Netherlands to visit the historic city of Leiden to delve deep into the lives of about 100 Pilgrims, under Pastor John Robinson, who formed a congregation and sought permission to settle there in 1609. We experienced their personal stories, by visiting where they lived, worked, and married in Leiden, Delftshaven, and Amsterdam. We also explored the art that characterised the 17th century and experienced the very finest of the Dutch Golden Age, witnessing masterpieces, world-renowned collections and going to the home of the master himself, Rembrandt.

Houses along the canal in Leiden, The Netherlands

English Elysium: Country Houses of Shropshire

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

May 13-19, 2019Shropshire, England

Staying at Weston Park, the historic home of the earls of Bradford and one of the grandest country houses in England, the DiCamillo NEHGS group experienced some of the most sublime historic houses in England, from the little-seen and very private Willey Park to Combermere Abbey and Pitchford Hall (which boasts the world’s oldest tree house). Led by Gareth Williams, Shropshire expert extraordinaire, and Curt DiCamillo, we were immersed in one amazing house after another: Cottesbrooke Hall, Millichope Park, and Downton Hall, to name just a few. All this while staying in a house filled with an internationally important collection of paintings and a landscape laid out by Capability Brown in the 18th century.

Weston Park, Photo: Curt DiCamillo

Downton Abbey® & the Best of the English Country House

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

September 23-29, 2018England

We experienced the historic, ancient, and beautiful filming locations of the highest-rated PBS drama of all time. From the sublime Syon House, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland, to the Neoclassical grandeur of Basildon Park, to the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, we were immersed in the refined and genteel world of early 20th century England for seven days.

Highclere Castle © Highclere Castle Enterprises LLP 2014

Pilgrim Roots of the Great Migration

Tour Leader: Robert Charles Anderson

August 7-15, 2018Nottingham, England

Based in Nottingham and led by world-renowned Great Migration expert Robert Charles Anderson, this tour visited Scrooby Manor and environs, where we explored the deep roots of the Great Migration and followed in the footsteps of William Bradford, William Brewster, and other Pilgrims in this examination of the important years leading up to the decision to leave England.

Gardens at Scrooby Manor, Nottingham

The Great Houses of Yorkshire

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

June 24 – 30, 2018Yorkshire, England

Yorkshire may contain more magnificent historic houses than any county in Britain. We visited many of them, including Castle Howard, famous as the starring player in the two filmed versions of Brideshead Revisited, as well as the little-visited Sledmere, a jewel-like Neoclassical masterpiece still in the ownership of its original family. Another star is Newby Hall, a glorious Robert Adam house with a core very likely by Christopher Wren, followed by Sion Hill House, an exceptional Edwardian country house designed by Walter Brierley, known as “the Lutyens of Yorkshire.” One of the highlights was a visit to the mysterious Wentworth Woodhouse, which boasts the longest façade – 650 feet – of any house in Britain. And, for the icing on the cake, we stayed at Middlethorpe Hall in York, a late 17th century house that is one of England’s supreme country house hotels.

Wentworth Woodhouse, Photo: Curt DiCamillo

The New York You've Never Seen

Tour Leader: Don Friary

June 20-23, 2018New York

Most of us have visited Manhattan, but how many have explored NYC’s private clubs and residences, the New York Stock Exchange, Upper Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens? This tour took us to many corners of the nation’s largest city to explore its history, its diversity, its eccentricities. We learned about the city’s Dutch beginnings and its rapid expansion, and we visited with collection experts, curators and historians who brought the city’s history to life in vivid detail.

A private residence in NYC, courtesy of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust

Palladian Pathways in Italy’s Veneto

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

May 6-12, 2018Veneto, Italy

We explored Italy’s Veneto region, meandering between classic Palladian villas, sumptuous private homes, picturesque vineyards, and captivating historic cities. We stayed in the heart of Verona for six nights while getting an in-depth appreciation of the city’s public and hidden charms. We visited Vicenza, Mantua, and cultural treasures like the villas of Andrea Palladio. Along the way, we met local families on their beautiful estates and tasted some of the best food Northern Italy has to offer.

Villa Rotonda, Photo: Jiuguang Wang