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Holiday type Escorted tours
Christmas markets
Art, history & culture
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £289
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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At home with William Morris

This tour examines the profound influence of William Morris and the arts and crafts movement by examining the abundance of fine craftsmanship left behind by him and his followers in the south of England, which you will explore with either Dr Anne Anderson or Mike Hope.


  • Two nights' accommodation in standard room on bed and full breakfast basis at four star Hilton Hotel, Croydon
  • Welcome reception
  • Thursday private evening three course dinner with wine
  • Friday dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • One light lunch
  • All talks, guided tours, entrance fees and escorted coach transfers as detailed in the itinerary

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities.

Day one

Arrive independently at the Hilton Croydon from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Dr Anne Anderson – ‘William Morris at home’.

Day two

This morning we visit Red House at Bexleyheath, built for Morris and his bride Jane in 1860. Morris’ idyll was short-lived and the house was sold in 1865 but not before he gleaned inspiration for his early designs – bird and trellis, pomegranate and daisy for example. After lunch we will travel to Little Holland house in Carshalton. Home of artist, designer and craftsman Frank Dickinson (1874-1961), the interiors feature paintings, furniture and craftwork by Dickinson himself, who was much inspired by Morris and Ruskin. The house is a unique testament to the English Arts and Crafts movement, designed, built and furnished by one man.

Day three

Our first visit of the day is to Charleston farmhouse, the country house of the influential Bloomsbury group of English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists. A prime example of the domestic decorative style of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant the house is full of walls, doors and furniture decorated by the artists of the group, who were inspired by Italian frescoes and Post- Impressionism. Standen house, our final visit, is home to the Beale family. Built by Philip Webb, the house retains its original Morris and Co interiors. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Hilton hotel, Croydon

Located just outside Croydon, the four star Hilton offers a high standard of comfort. Facilities at this stylish, modern hotel include gym, bar, restaurant and very comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, tea/coffee and hairdryer.
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The Tour Manager and Expert Leader and Lecturer were excellent, very knowledgeable and very audible in the large group situation. This was a most enjoyable and informative tour and I hope to go on a similar one in the future. Thank you very much.
Jul 2013
Mrs Hall

The whole experience far exceeded my expectations. This was the first time I have been on an organised trip and also the first time I have been away on my own, having lost my husband recently. It was my first trip with your company but will not be my last. It was very professionally run by Anne and Scott and they are delightful people who make everyone feel very involved and welcome. Thank you.
Jul 2011
Mrs J Roberts
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