Kelmscott Manor

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

01367 252486

'...a heaven on earth...'



Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement. This Grade I listed house was loved by Morris as a survival of traditional craftsmanship in harmony with the surrounding landscape, inspiring many of his most important designs and writings.

The grade I listed Elizabethan house was built as a farmhouse around 1600 for the prosperous farmer Thomas Turner, and extended in the 1660's. William Morris signed a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1871 and he found its atmosphere and secluded setting 'very stimulating to the imagination', for the rest of his life it was a source of profound pleasure and creativity.

Today the Manor welcomes thousands of visitors from across the world every year to experience the same beauty and sense of history. Visitors will find an outstanding collection of unique furnishings chosen by Pre-Raphaelite painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and pieces from each of Morris' London homes. The iconic portrait of William's wife, Jane Morris by Rossetti, The Blue Silk Dress hangs in the White Room. Morris's wife Jane and daughter May are also vivid presences at Kelmscott Manor, which contains many examples of their beautiful and accomplished needlework; much of this was designed by May, who was a significant designer in her own right. It is perhaps the most evocative of all the houses associated with Morris. The domestic charm and ambience of the house is still retained, and visitors can draw inspiration from Manor and surrounding gardens.

An enchanting place within walking distance of the Thames Path, the Manor offers a lot to visitors both young and old. During the season we host several Activity Days including embroidery, drawing, miniature books and other crafts. We have house & garden trails for children aged 5 to 9 as well as an activity table in the attic with jigsaws and other puzzles.

The Manor is set in the beautiful village of Kelmscott near Lechlade, visitors will be able to view the gravestone of William Morris and his family designed by his friend, Philip Webb, in the churchyard of St George's Church. The Tearoom, with its delicious home-made meals and cakes, is a must, whilst the Shop is packed with decorative and unusual items ideal for gifts or mementoes.

The Manor is open every Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to October. Ticket office opens 10.30am; Manor House at 11am (last admission 4pm). Please visit our website for more details. Contact us via Email: or telephone 01367 252486.

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