Paul Martin was discovered when he was interviewed about his passion for oak furniture. He was signed up on the spot and has since presented Flog It! for more than 20 years and 1,000 episodes. His other TV shows include Britain's Hidden Heritage, Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution, Make Me A Dealer and Curiosity
Discover the Peak District's stately homes with antiques expert Paul Martin
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The Peak District is home to some of the nation's finest country houses, among them Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall. On this wonderful four-day tour, you'll explore these stately homes with like-minded readers, and have the chance to find an antique for yourself on a trip to Bolsover Antique Centre, armed with hints and tips from the brilliant Paul Martin.
"Join me as we discover the treasures of Chatsworth House. Then off to an antiques market to go bargain hunting… and put that newfound knowledge to the test!"
- Paul Martin
Learn from TV's Paul Martin
Presenter Paul Martin will give a talk before your visit to Bolsover Antique Centre offering expert tips on finding antiques.
Explore Chatsworth House
Known for its art and landscape, Chatsworth is also full of history, including holding Mary, Queen of Scots, as a prisoner at various times between 1569 and 1584 at the request of Queen Elizabeth I. You'll enjoy a guided tour of the masterpieces of Chatsworth's collection in the company of Paul Martin, who knows its history well having filmed there many times.
Stay in the Old Hall Hotel
Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe described the Old Hall as 'a very special place with its own special feeling' in 1727, but the building dates back to 1573. The hotel oozes charm and character with a warm welcome and homely comforts.
Reasons to book
Learn from TV's Paul Martin
Old Hall Hotel
Your expert guide
- Enjoy a talk and hear antiques shopping tips from Paul Martin.
Hear from antiques expert Nicholas Merchant.
- Spend three nights at the Old Hall Hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
- Visit Bolsover Antique Centre.
- Enjoy a welcome drink and three dinners at the hotel.
- Explore Chatsworth House with Paul Martin, including a guided tour.
- Take part in a guided tour of Tissington Hall.
- Visit Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall and Renishaw Hall.
Day1Cream tea and introductory talk at Old Hall HotelOld Hall Hotel, United Kingdom
Arrive independently at the Old Hall Hotel from 15.00 and enjoy a cream tea. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Nicholas Merchant on 'The 6th Duke of Devonshire and the building of Chatsworth'.
Day2Chatsworth HouseChatsworth House, United Kingdom
Today we have a full day at the magnificent Chatsworth House. In the morning we will explore Chatsworth's extensive grounds which will take in the principal features and offer insight into the gardens, landscape and history. After lunch (not included) we will enjoy a guided tour taking in the masterpieces of Chatsworth's collections, and bringing the house and the history of the Cavendish family, particularly the remarkable Elizabeth Cavendish (Bess of Hardwick), to life. After dinner we will be joined by Paul Martin, Paul will be able to give tips on finding antiques during the visit to Bolsover Antique Centre on the following morning, plus you'll have an opportunity for a Q&A session.
Day3Bolsover Antiques Centre, Tissington Hall and Bolsover CastleTissington Hall, United Kingdom
This morning you will have chance to implement Paul's tips as he accompanies you to Bolsover Antiques Centre. If you enjoy searching for that bargain then this centre is for you, with over 40 dealers and lots of rooms to search through. From genuine antiques to modern collectables, there is something for everybody here.
After our shopping spree, we continue to Bolsover Castle. Bought by Sir Charles Cavendish, the son of Bess of Hardwick, in 1608, the house was rebuilt by Charles and his son William and designed for elegant living. We'll see the 17th century riding school and a tower, known as the 'Little Castle' designed solely for entertaining. After lunch (not included), we will visit Tissington Hall, a beautiful Jacobean mansion in the heart of the Peak District.
Day4Hardwick Hall and Renishaw HallHardwick Hall, United Kingdom
Our first visit of the day is Hardwick Hall, a significant Elizabethan house. Designed by Robert Smythson, the house is an early example of the English Renaissance style and is renowned for its tapestry collection. After lunch (not included) we will visit Renishaw Hall, a family home to the Sitwell family for more than 400 years, with a grand house, gardens, which were voted HHA Garden of the Year in 2015 and vineyard.
Old Hall Hotel
Reputed to be the oldest Hotel in England
With a rich history that dates back thousands of years, and includes notable guests such as Mary Queen of Scots. The Old Hall Hotel is one of Buxton spa town's most popular places to stay, nestled deep in the heart of the Peak District.
All rooms come with double bed, en suite bathroom, flat screen TV, Tea and coffee making facilities, and some include a separate seating area. There are lounges for relaxing and guests can enjoy breakfasts in the large, bright restaurant featuring Matthew Algie coffee served all day. Afternoon tea is served in the Cockerel Wine Bar or Restaurant, and traditional dining is available in the restaurant.
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