Surry Hills Drive and Visit to Petworth

Organised by Malcolm O'Connor

Saturday, 4th August, 2018

To arrive no later than 10.30hrs

Dear Members & Friends,

 

We have a wonderful opportunity to drive through the Surrey Hills and South Downs to arrive at the National Trust property of Petworth House and Park, West Sussex, GU28 9LR.  We have an assured parking area for our cars and entry is free for NT Members.  For non-members, a Group Admission charge is £12.00 per person, providing there are 15 or more in our group. 

 

As a group, we have a provisional pre-booking of a 45 minute tour at 11.00hrs using an audio system to listen clearly to the experienced guide drawing our attention to some of the treasures of Petworth.  There is a £5.00 cost per person, regardless of NT membership and in addition to any admission charge. 

PETWORTH HOUSE

The mansion was built in 1682 when heiress, Elizabeth Percy, daughter to the 11th Earl of Northumberland, married Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset.

The staterooms are saturated with internationally important paintings by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Titian and Blake together with classical and neo-classical sculptures. JMW Turner, spent long periods at the mansion under the patronage of the 3rd Earl of Egremont, and his paintings of Petworth Park can be seen in the Carved Room today.

The servants’ quarters by contrast to the grandeur of the mansion offer a glimpse of life ‘below stairs’. Imagine the hustle and bustle of servant life in the Historic Kitchens and myriad ancillary rooms. Look out for the costumed interpretation team on select days as they bring history to life.

PETWORTH PARK

The landscape gives the impression of being totally natural but the reality is nothing further from the truth. The park was transformed in the 1750s and early 1760s by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown stripping away the formal gardens and the long driveway to the front of the mansion to create a serpentine lake framed by rolling hills. The Park is a surviving example of Capability Brown's landscape portfolio. The 700 acre parkland is also home to a herd of over 900 fallow deer, complementing the idyllic 'natural' style that Capability Brown is lauded for.

You are free to explore the delights of Petworth, both indoors and outdoors at your leisure, with regard to your own time-frame, so there are no set arrangements for eating and drinking.  The Servants’ Hall Coffee Shop serves light snacks or something ‘to eat and drink on the go’.  The Audit Room Café, serves hot and cold meals, including cream teas.  If you wish to explore the nearby town for something to eat, there is the opportunity to leave from and return to the estate via pedestrian access behind the Servants’ Quarters.  Of course the many hostelries along your route home could tempt you with fine dining! 

Please note, there is wheelchair access to most of the State Rooms on display, the Servants’ Quarters and access to the Audit Room Café, using a wheelchair lift.

If you are interested in coming to see and explore Petworth House & Gardens, then please confirm your intentions with MALCOLM O’CONNOR below.  Malcolm will need to advise Petworth House regarding the number of cars to expect for parking allocation and also the number of those hoping to take advantage of the guided tour of the House (guides are booked accordingly).

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BOOKING FORM – RREC MIDDLESEX SECTION VISIT TO PETWORTH

 

 

NAME: ……………………………………………       TEL. NO: ………………………………………

 

ADDRESS: ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

EMAIL ADDRESS: ………………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

Please also complete the following:

 

Number of NT Members attending                                                                                   [       ]

 

Number of non-NT members attending, at £12.00 per head                                       [       ]

 

Number of those wishing to participate in the 11.00am tour at £5.00 per head       [       ]

(Depending on numbers interested, an additional later tour might be organised)

 

Please enclose a deposit of £10 per car to secure group booking / guided tour at Petworth, made payable to RREC Middlesex Section.  Your cheque will be returned to you on arrival and not cashed in advance of the visit.

 

 

PLEASE RETURN THE COMPLETED SLIP WITH YOUR CHEQUE TO: 

 

MALCOLM O’CONNOR, 5 Acacia Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 3DP

 

 

no later than,  Saturday, 16th June, 2018

(The Group Booking Team need confirmation of numbers a.s.a.p.)

 

Malcolm’s contact details are as follows:                                                                                                                 email:  marocnor@hotmail.com             Tel: 0208 979 2728          Mobile: 07903903122

RREC MIDDLESEX

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