Lunch at Ampthill Park house (Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2H) – home to Sir Timothy and Lady Clifford – followed by
A visit to Avenue House – home to Tim Knox and Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
FAI UK invites you to a very special day out; a visit to two extraordinary Bedfordshire private Houses which are not open to the general public. Sir Timothy is the former director of the National Galleries of Scotland and one of the UK’s leading collectors of Old Master painting, a famously acute “eye”. Together with his wife Jane, who is who is an interior designer, he has restored Ampthill Park House to house his collection. He will describe how he hunted down painting after painting until the rooms are now hung with works superior even to those that would have been there in the 18th century.
This will be followed by lunch, hosted by Sir Timothy and Jane. Avenue House in Ampthill is a work in progress, undertaken by Tim Knox, Director of the Royal Collection and garden designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan. The substantial 18th century townhouse –owned by Professor Sir Albert Richardson from 1919-64 – is now home to their eclectic collections.
We will also walk through the surprisingly extensive garden, that is being gently refurbished, with its avenue, banqueting house and grottoes.
Transport to Ampthill will be by minibus from West London. Please note that photography will be strictly prohibited.
25 people only: FOR SUPPORTERS AND MEMBERS £90 PER PERSON INCL. TRANSPORTATION (details will follow)
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