The Day of the Mouse A 30 minute coach journey takes us north of York to the picturesque village of Kilburn nestling in the Hambleton Hills. The village today is little different from the place Robert Thompson began to make his oak furniture at the end of the 19th century. You will be able to watch craftsmen in the firm’s workshop hand finishing furniture using the same tools used by Robert all those years ago. Each piece is still finished off with a hand carved mouse. The firm’s historian will give a short talk on the history of the firm and you will be able to visit the Robert Thompson museum. Lunch will be taken at either the Mouseman café or The Forrester’s Arms, the village pub. Then, perhaps, you can take a stroll in the village and count the mice in the church before we take the short journey to Sion Hill Hall. The grandeur and elegance of this Arts and Crafts style house can be experienced on our exclusive tour. It was one of the last pre- eminent country houses to be built in Yorkshire before the Great War and sits in open countryside surrounded by beautifully landscaped and inspiring gardens. The interior is exquisitely furnished and hosts a collection of fine antiques and works of art. Michael Mallaby, who lives at the house, will personally welcome you to his home and conduct the tour of the house and gardens. Afternoon tea (weather permitting) will then be served in the gardens. www.robertthompson.co.uk www.sionhillhall.co.uk

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