Exclusive to Mail on Sunday readers: Discover the Peak District with TV antiques star Paul Martin – including a tour of Chatsworth and bargain hunting at the Chesterfield Flea Market
If you like to hunt for antiques, the beautiful Peak District, home to some of the UK's best country houses and one of its largest flea markets, is the perfect place to indulge your passion.
On this exclusive four-day tour, you will not only visit the magnificent Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and the medieval Haddon Hall – both beautiful stately homes near the charming town of Bakewell – but you will also meet the brilliant and engaging specialist on Paul Martin TV antiques.
Originally an antiques dealer, Paul was discovered by the BBC when he was interviewed about his love for antique oak furniture and hired as an on-site presenter.
Centuries of history: The magnificent Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire
Paul will give you some invaluable tips and advice on buying antiques and accompany you to a stir through the fascinating mix of items for sale at the Chesterfield flea market
Since then, Paul has introduced Flog It! for more than 20 years and appeared on BBC programs, including Britain's Hidden Heritage, Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution and Make Me A Dealer.
You will enjoy a private conversation with Paul about his life and career and will be able to ask his own questions. Paul will also give you some invaluable tips and advice on buying antiques and accompany you to rummage through the fascinating mix of items for sale at the Chesterfield flea market.
With over 150 tents to browse, it is a great place for you to make a bargain.
Paul says: "Join me when we discover the treasures of Chatsworth House, then go to an antique market to hunt for bargains … and put that newly discovered knowledge to the test!"
REASONS TO BOOK
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
Paul Martin (above) will be accompanied by you
Paul Martin featured more than 1,000 episodes of Flog It! as well as Britain's Hidden Heritage, Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution and Make Me A Dealer, plus Countryfile spin-offs, summer diaries, spring diaries, autumn diaries and winter diaries. He also worked as a jazz and blues drummer.
Meet Paul Martin from TV
Flog him! The presenter will give a private lecture to readers about his work as an antiques dealer and TV specialist and will participate in a question and answer session.
Famous for its art and 105 acres of landscaped gardens, Chatsworth House is also full of history, including the fact that it kept Mary, Queen of Scotland as a prisoner, under Queen Elizabeth I.
You will enjoy a guided tour of the masterpieces in the Chatsworth collection, which span more than 4,000 years of history, in the company of Paul. He knows Chatsworth well, having filmed here many times.
You will explore more than 30 rooms, such as the fascinating Sculpture Gallery and the impressive Painted Hall.
Bargain hunting with Paul
You will spend a fascinating morning at the Chesterfield flea market looking for antiques with Paul, who will give you the top tips on what to look for, how to find a bargain and how to negotiate the best price.
Stay in a historic hotel
You will stay at the historic Old Hall Hotel, in the spa town of Buxton, for three nights. In 1727, Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe described it as "a very special place with a special feeling". The building itself dates back to 1573 and is one of the oldest hotels in England.
Enjoy the Peak District
In addition to visiting Chatsworth, you will spend time in this beautiful part of Derbyshire, visiting Haddon Hall in the Wye Valley; Bolsover Castle, dating from the 17th century; Hardwick Hall, an impressive Elizabethan country house; and Tissington Hall, a Jacobean mansion from the early 17th century.
■ Three nights at the Old Hall Hotel with accommodation and breakfast.
■ Welcome drink and three dinners at the hotel.
■ Exclusive conversations and questions and answers with Paul Martin.
■ Visit to the Chesterfield flea market with Paul.
■ Explore Chatsworth House with Paul. The visit includes a guided tour.
■ Talk to antiques expert Nicholas Merchant.
■ Guided tours of Tissington Hall and Haddon Hall.
■ Visits to Bolsover Castle and Hardwick Hall.
HOW TO INQUIRE
Dates: May 4 to 7, 2021. The price: from R $ 1,999.00 *
Call 020 3993 3020 with reference to MOS PAUL MARTIN 2203.
To learn more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/paulmartin.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: * Price based on two people sharing a double room. Individual supplement: from £ 75. Subject to availability. Our travel partner, Travel Editions, is linked to ABTA. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and selected media partners. For complete terms and conditions, visit mailtravel.co.uk/paulmartin.