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Section Weekend to Eshott Hall Northumberland 6th-8th Sept 2019
Our section weekend this year was based at Eshott Hall situated in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside. Eshott Hall is a perfectly proportioned Georgian country house, clad in wisteria and set within its own manicured gardens. Once checked in, we all congregated in the lounge for tea coffee & biscuits whilst chatting with fellow Rolls-Royce and Bentley enthusiasts. In the evening we all assembled in the bar for drinks before dining, being entertained by the infamous Gas Light Trio.
After a healthy breakfast on Saturday we departed for a road run to Howick Hall & Gardens with a transit stop at The Cottage Inn, Dunstan for tea & scones.
Howick Hall was designed and built by the Newcastle architect, William Newton in 1782 for Charles 2nd Earl Grey of the Earl Grey tea dynasty. Fire destroyed the whole of the interior of the main house in 1926, being rebuilt in 1928 to quite different designs by Sir Herbert Baker, who made alterations of which disciples of Georgian architecture were not amused. The family moved after the death of 5th Earl Grey, and in 1973 the present Lord Howick converted the West Wing into the family home, where they now live. The ground floor of Howick Hall is open to the public as are the gardens & and arboretum.
On Sunday we travelled to Kirkharle, the birthplace of Lancelot Capability Brown, the landscape artist once described as the Shakespeare of Gardening. Brown lived on the estate until he was 23 and there are exhibition panels about the man and his work within the courtyard & lake area’s. We continued our road run to our final destination High House Farm Brewery in Matfen where we were served with Sunday Lunch. The weekend finished with a tour of the brewery and members saying their farewells before heading off home. To sum up, good hotel, good weather but best of all great company.
Many thanks to Viv & Derek for organising a fantastic weekend.