Thursday 16 May 2019 - Thursday 19 September 2019
Kelmscott Manor (William Morris) with Afternoon Cream Tea; & Burford
Thursday 16th May
This is our Spring trip to a lovely, gabled Cotswold house, Kelmscott Manor. It is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600, adjacent to the River Thames, and was the summer home of William Morris. The house contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family, and his Arts & Crafts associates, and includes furniture, original textiles, pictures, carpets, ceramics and metalwork.
William Morris chose it as his summer home, signing a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the summer of 1871. Morris loved this house as a work of true craftsmanship, unspoilt and unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the surrounding countryside. Its beautiful gardens, with barns, dovecote, a meadow and stream, provided a constant source of inspiration. The church is approx 8 minutes’ walk through the village for an able person, and there is the river, and gift shop.
In the afternoon we will be stopping in the pretty town of Burford, once a great wool town and market centre in the south Cotswolds. There is a wide High Street which is noted for its old buildings – many of which date back to the 1400’s – and a good selection of shops and cafes for refreshments. It might be a good idea to bring a sandwich – if you don’t want to wait until we get to Burford – to eat on the coach. We will be having scones with jam and cream, tea or coffee at Kelmscott. (included in the price).
The total cost of the tour is £51.50 per person. This includes all coach travel, entry into Kelmscott, introductory talk, tour of the house and cream tea after the tour. Please send a £15 non-refundable deposit per person when booking. The coach will leave Shrewsbury at approximately 8.30am and return about 6.15pm. The exact timings will be confirmed 7 days before travel.