The Vice-Regal Retreat: Southern Highlands Tour


Friday 20 - Sunday 22 March 2020

This unique guided tour of the beautiful Southern Highlands, showcases its destination as a summer holiday resort during the 19th century. Once the NSW Governors came here for their holidays, the elite of Sydney followed, joining early grantees to form the idyllic lifestyle of summer hunts and hunt balls.


Judith Dunn OAM leads the tour and takes you into houses not usually open to the public (including Hopewood House, Throsby Park and Golden Vale Homestead). You will follow the ridge line of the Mittagong Range stud farms known as 'the nursery slopes of NSW’, enjoy exclusive fine dining experiences and curated tours including Joadja ghost town and Hillview. Other highlights: the rare surviving summer residence of 16 Governors and a beautiful vice-regal church.

English Arts and Crafts Houses, Gardens and Collections 


19 June – 5 July 2020 

17 day fully escorted tour led by Dr James Broadbent AM.


The HHA’s 2020 English study tour will focus on the Arts and Crafts Movement. Arising from the polemics of William Morris and John Ruskin and assuming its name from the Arts and Crafts Exhibition of 1888, the Arts and Crafts Movement surely and quickly transformed the architecture, garden design and decorative arts of late 19​th​ Century and early 20​th​ Century Britain. It remains a significant influence in contemporary design. 

Our tour encompasses the work of the Movement’s major designers – including William Morris, Philip Webb, C.F.A. Voysey, Charles Robert Ashbee, Detmar Blow, Gertrude Jekyll, Edwin Lutyens, Ernest Gimson and the Barnsley brothers – visiting major examples of their work in the Home Counties, the West Country and the Cotswolds. 
As with all the HHA study tours there are also visits to many important but smaller and more unusual places and to houses, gardens and collations not normally open to the public. 

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