THE GREAT BRITISH TOUR AND HISTORIC DECORATION

Oliver Gerrish offers tailor-made tours with exclusive access to great country houses and the very British lifestyle. Oliver collaborates with art historian Zuleika Parkin, and Lady Caroline Percy, a leading interior decorator and specialist in historic interiors. For more information please go to www.thegreatbritishtour.com

HISTORIC DECORATION is a new and dynamic series on the history of British interior decoration from the Elizabethan era up until the 1960s. The days are hosted by Oliver Gerrish and Lady Caroline at Syon House. Speakers include many of the most admired names in British interior design and architectural history.

Oliver Gerrish Tours have combined with Chinese clients to offer a tailor-made tours with exclusive access to Syon House and the finest aspects of British lifestyle. Architectural Historian, Oliver Gerrish, collaborates Oliver Gerrish Tours with the Duke of Northumberland's sister, Lady Caroline Percy, a leading interior decorator and specialist in historic interiors. Syon House is one of the last great private houses of London, and is the spectacular London home of the Duke of Northumberland. The house was built in the sixteenth century on the site of Medieval Syon Abbey, and came to the family of the present owners in 1594. Syon has many layers of history and has seen some profound changes over the centuries. It is certainly a treasure house. Copyright of Oliver Gerrish

Shooting party at Tixall, Staffordshire 

Oliver Gerrish giving the tour

A Georgian footman awaits for the guests to arrive. Private dinner party at The Georgian Group, hosted by Oliver Gerrish as part of the tour. 


We have strong connections to many of the top boutique hotels throughout Britain and, depending on the size of the group, we will stay in those or in the houses themselves. 

We can cater for any guests from abroad with polite translators, who will accompany the tour.

For any enquiries or more information regarding tours, please email enquiries@olivergerrish.com  


About Lady Caroline Percy

Caroline is an interior designer and consultant in Fine Art and Antiques. As well as designing interiors, she advises clients on the acquisition and sale of antiques, including furniture, objets d’art and paintings. 

Caroline grew up surrounded by historic and important works of art. This fostered an interest in the decorative arts and encouraged her to acquire a wide knowledge of historic interior styles. She has lived in Italy, France and Spain and speaks those languages fluently. Visits to museums and private collections around Europe increased her knowledge of continental art and interiors.  

While living abroad, she worked with Spanish antique dealers, sourcing antiques for export to Spain, thus building up a large network of wholesale antique specialists. On returning to live in England, she has continued to successfully source antiques and works of art for a wide international clientele. 

The interior design side of the business developed in response to clients’ requests to create interiors suitable for the period and style of their house or for their collections. Caroline has worked on a number of high profile design projects for both historic and modern Interiors and has appeared on various television programmes commenting on antiques and the interior design of historic houses.


the Great British Tour

With

Oliver Gerrish & Zuleika parkin

Sample Tour

 

Day 1

Iford Manor – one of England’s most beautiful manor houses and home to the private Cartwright collection of art and furniture. Tour conducted by owner William Cartwright-Hignett of the house and garden, which is the world famous work of Harold Peto.

Lunch at Iford

Afternoon tour of Bath, Englands finest Georgian city, to include; The Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths and The Pump Rooms.

Iford Manor

Iford Manor

The Royal Crescent in Bath

The Royal Crescent in Bath

Day 2

High Glanau Manor – one of Wales’s best examples of an Arts and Crafts house and garden. Created by the first Architectural Editor of Country Life Magazine, Henry Avray Tipping, the house was rescued by the Gerrish family. Helena Gerrish, author of the celebrated ‘Edwardian Country Life’ will lead the tour and host lunch. this place was chosen by HRH the PRINCE OF wales for his annual summer in wales tour 2015.

Afternoon visit to Tintern Abbey, which helped to start the picturesque movement in British architecture.

High Glanau Manor

High Glanau Manor

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

Day 3

Chillington Hall – home to the Giffard family for nearly a thousand years. A masterpiece of Smith of Warwick and Sir John Soane. Home to Pompeo Batoni’s famous Giffard portraits, amongst other things. John and Crescent Giffard will conduct the tour.

Lunch at Chillington

Afternoon visit to Weston Park, ancestral home of the Earls of Bradford. Curator Gareth Williams will conduct the tour and Lord Bradford will be there to meet us.

Chillington Hall 

Chillington Hall 

Weston Park

Weston Park

Day 4

Tissington Hall – ancestral home of the Fitzherbert family and Derbyshire’s most picturesque stately homes. Sir Richard Fitzherbert will lead the tour.

Lunch at Tissington

Afternoon visit to Renishaw Hall, home of Alexandra Sitwell-Haywood. This house was the centre of the lives of England’s most famous twentieth century literary dynasty, the Sitwells. The house has famous associations with John Piper and the composer William Walton.

Tissingtoh Hall 

Tissingtoh Hall 

Renishaw Hall

Renishaw Hall

Day 5

Catton Hall – home to the Neilson family and to the lady who Byron wrote of ‘She walks in beauty, like the night’. A grand Georgian stately home, which will be show to us by Mrs Robin Neilson

Lunch and relaxed afternoon at Catton

Evening champagne and canapés followed by a recital by two famous English opera singers and dinner in the Great Hall.

Catton Hall

Catton Hall

Day 6

Boughton House – palace of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry and known as ‘The English Versailles’. This is one of the greatest treasure houses in Britain.

Lunch at Boughton

 Afternoon visit to private art and furniture dealer.

Boughton House 

Boughton House