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William Morris - A Great Victorian
On this tour you get to enjoy a private visit to the home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor, and talks by the experts Dr Anne Anderson or Peter Cormack.
- Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4-star Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
- Welcome reception on first evening and private dinner with wine
- Second night dinner in the restaurant
- Two light lunches
- All admissions, guided tours, coach transfers
- Expert tour host supported by tour manager throughout.
- Holiday insurance
- Single room supplement
- Extra nights on bed & breakfast basis
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Day 2: Visit Kelmscott Manor, William Morris’s country home from 1871 until his death in 1896. Kelmscott contains an outstanding collection of works by Morris and his associates. After morning coffee/tea is served, enjoy a private visit with an introductory talk. After a light lunch (included) we visit Buscot Park where, in the music room, Burne-Jones' ‘The Legend of the Briar Rose’ is displayed. Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, a lifelong friend and collaborator of Morris' drew the inspiration for this work from the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Evening lecture by your expert host “The Arts & Crafts Movement” followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 3: Visit to Rodmarton Manor, where the owner, Simon Biddulph, will show you around this handsome Arts & Crafts home; completed in 1929, and one of the last great country houses in England to be built using traditional methods of construction. After a light lunch of sandwiches and tea/coffee (included), you will visit All Saints Church, Selsley, where your expert host will give a brief talk on this fine Gothic Revival church by G.F. Bodley and its remarkable stained glass windows all supplied by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., the famous Firm, in the 1860s. Tea and cake will be included in your visit here. Return to the hotel at about 5pm.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note: Extra nights are available at a supplement, please click here or on the availability tab above to select your date of travel and extra night rates.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Located on the edge of the Cotswolds in the village of Broad Blunsdon near Swindon, the 4-star family owned Blunsdon House Hotel offers comfortable, individually decorated and tastefully furnished bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, TV, mini bar, safe and tea & coffee making facilities in the room. Other facilities at the hotel include 2 restaurants, bar, and a health and lesiure club including gym and swimming pool. Complimentary on-site parking is available at the hotel.
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Terrific presentations by Anne Anderson. Scott is also very knowledgeable and both are very sociable. Great trip.
...very lucky to have those guides. They were not only so knowledgeable but also good at imparting their knowledge in an easily accessible form. I really enjoyed the holiday. Thank you and, particularly, thank you to Anne and Scott.
Mrs V Davies
We had a wonderful time. The tour guides were brilliant and so knowledgable and enthusiastic. The visits were well planned with enough time in each place.