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Treasures of the Tweed Valley

Treasures of the Tweed Valley

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A Scottish Surprise: Treasures of the Tweed Valley from CICERONI Travel. Opportunity to visit one of Scotland’s most picturesque regions with a remarkable selection of castles and country houses. Private visits to houses normally not available to groups. Gardens will be at their mid-summer best! Comfortable hotel set in idyllic position.

A Scottish Surprise: Treasure Houses of the Tweed Valley

Tour Lecturer Tom Duncan, co-founder of CICERONI Travel

The River Tweed lies amidst spectacular scenery that has seen remarkable events in the shared history of Scotland and England. Consequently, this ‘Border’ country has long been fought over by the two kingdoms. Its castles and houses bear testimony not only to the tenacity of the great local families but also to their wide use of architectural styles. These mark the transition from a period of intense strife to one of peace and prosperity. Indeed, as most non-Scots when travelling north tend to bypass this marvellous part of the United Kingdom, its architecture, art collections and wonderful gardens are not that widely known. The architectural styles range from the truly defensive castles of the medieval period to the first hesitant introduction of classical motifs in the seventeenth century. After the Act of Union under Queen Anne, the usual procession of Palladian, Rococo and Neo-classical vocabularies all found their way north. In the nineteenth century, the influence of Sir Walter Scott led to great enthusiasm for a more ‘eclectic’ approach to using the past, culminating in the Scots ‘Baronial’ style of the Victorian period.

These houses were filled with remarkable collections of paintings and works of art. In truth, there is probably not in these islands such a concentration of masterpieces in so small an area as can be found in the Tweed Valley and almost all are still in private hands. Of these collections, those held by the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensbury and the Duke of Sutherland stand apart in terms of their extraordinary range and quality. We shall have private access to both collections under ‘connoisseur’ viewing arrangements.

Traquair and Duns Castles represent different aspects of the area’s varied history, reflected in their wide range of historic contents. Paxton and Mellerstain retain their remarkable collections of furniture by Chippendale and paintings by Alan Ramsay. Monteviot presents different solutions to the problems of family life in historic interiors.

Equally fascinating will be the wonderful gardens and landscapes. Given that the seasons are a few weeks behind those of central and southern England, the late July dates should ensure a delayed ‘flush’ of Scottish abundance. Of these, the gardens at Kalzie, Monteviot and Mindrum should be particularly splendid in late July.

Warmly welcomed by the owners, some of whom will host us with typical Scottish hospitality; this visit will be an unrivalled introduction to magnificent treasures, many of which are not seen by the public.

We shall stay at the modestly comfortable and quiet 4* Dryburgh Abbey Hotel. The surrounding grounds sit next to the spectacular ruins of medieval Dryburgh Abbey, where Sir Walter Scott lies buried.

Please note, this tour has now departed, we next expect to offer this tour in 2022. For the latest information about our current and future tours please visit www.ciceroni.co.uk or call 01869 811167

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Reviews of this holiday

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by myddelton , 19 Aug 2019
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Houses and gardens in the Scottish Borders, an underviisited area of great beauty and historical importance. All houses ... read more

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by Wislons, 14 Aug 2019
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Accompanied by our excellent and knowledgeable guide, a group of us had exclusive access to a variety of sumptious houses, ... read more

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by JAMBO, 10 Aug 2019
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We visited several of these grand houses of differing architectural styles which have been in private ownership for hundreds ... read more

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by Traveller, 6 Aug 2019
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A good well organised and enjoyable tour. read more

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by Vicky, 14 Aug 2017
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A marvellous week! Every visit brought its own delightful surprises enhanced by Tom Duncan's entertaining and hugely knowledg... read more

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by Anna, 4 Aug 2017
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Excellent lecturer. Interesting itinerary. Fascinating venues. Excellent food, good accommodation and transport. read more

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by ElizaL, 4 Aug 2014
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As always, on Ciceroni tours, we were given excellent expert guidance - many to privately-owned art collections - as we ... read more

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by Mrs B K 14, 3 Aug 2014
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We had a wonderful week in the Borders visiting some of the Treasure Houses of the Tweed Valley read more

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by Tugwell, 30 Jul 2014
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The sun shone , the travel by air controlled coach was very comfortable The expertise of the leader was brilliant and fellow ... read more

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by Aficionado, 30 Jul 2014
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The travel arrangements were excellent both to and from our destination and also during our movements around the area by coach... read more

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Treasures of the Tweed Valley by myddelton , 19 Aug 2019
Traveller rating:

Houses and gardens in the Scottish Borders, an underviisited area of great beauty and historical importance. All houses ... read more

Treasures of the Tweed Valley by Wislons, 14 Aug 2019
Traveller rating:

Accompanied by our excellent and knowledgeable guide, a group of us had exclusive access to a variety of sumptious houses, ... read more