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Kelmscott Manor

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Gardens)

         
Lechdale Gloucestershire England
Description : 

The Manor will be closing at the end of August 2019 for National Lottery Heritage Funded restoration and improvement works. This will start in October and will proceed throughout 2020. We plan to reopen in May 2021 which will be the 150th anniversary of William Morris coming to Kelmscott Manor for the first time.


 '...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 www.kelmscottmanor.org.uk for more details. Contact us via Email: admin@kelmscottmanor.org.uk or telephone 01367 252486.

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Stonor House & Park

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Historic Buildings)

         
Henley-on-Thams Oxfordshire England
Description : 

Stonor Park has been home to the Stonor family for over 850 years. 


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Stonor House & Park

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

      
Henley-on-Thams Oxfordshire England
Description : 

Stonor Park has been home to the Stonor family for over 850 years. 


 The warm brick facade and Georgian windows conceal medieval buildings dating back to the 12th Century, inside are many original architectural features including the 14th Century Catholic chapel and 12th Century medieval hall which today is the Pantry serving delicious snacks and light lunches. Visitors can view family portraits, old master paintings, artefacts and collections from around the world. Including a small exhibition celebrating the life and work of St Edmund Campion who sought refuge at Stonor during the reformation.

Nestled in a Chiltern valley with stunning views of the fallow deer park full of wild life including buzzards and red kites, visitors can walk through to the 17th Century gardens and terraces and view fountains flowing into the lily ponds.

The latest edition to Stonor is Wonder Woods a stunning adventure play park for our younger visitors.

Stonor Park is host to many exciting events throughout the year from vintage fairs, food festivals to a magnificent fair and house decorated for the festive season.

For more information please contact
enquiries@stonor.com
www.stonor.com

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Nature in Art

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Museums and Arts)

      
Twigworth Gloucestershire England
Description : 

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Discover the unique nature inspired art collection housed within the beautiful setting of Wallsworth Hall. The Georgian mansion was once owned by Samuel Hayward (1714-1790), local landowner and magistrate who built it for his wife Catherine as a wedding present, you will be in awe as you spy its grandeur travelling along their half mile driveway, edged by trees and fields. The perfect surroundings for what is held within!

The art collection is international in scope, embracing two and three dimensional work in all media and styles, ranging from Pablo Picasso to David Shepherd. Over their 25 year history, Nature in Art has collected works which represent over 1500 years of art inspired by nature, from more than 50 countries and 600 artists. So whether you prefer exotic Flemish masters or contemporary glass, modern abstract interpretations or bronze sculpture, textiles or ethnic art there will be something for you...

 

Nature in Art is also suitable for all the family; children can create animal brass-rubbings, experiment with materials using their handling box, touch some of the sculptures around the galleries, as well as enjoy their outdoor play area and garden.

Together you can visit the artist in residence (from mid-January to mid-November) in the purpose-built studio, meet a woodcarver, painter or sculptor! Complete your visit by relaxing in the coffee shop with a homemade lunch or afternoon tea, and then browse through the gift shop for a memento of your day. The shop sells a range of unique gifts, cards and prints.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday, including Bank Holidays, 10am to 5pm. Closed 24th-26th December.
Entry: £5.25 adults, £4.75 concessions (over 60s, under 16s), £15 family (2 adults, 2 children), under 8s free.


Telephone 01452 731422

www.nature-in-art.org.uk

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Mill Dene Garden

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Gardens)

         
Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire England
Description : 

Mill Dene Garden is hidden deep on the north scarp face of the Cotswolds.  It surrounds an old, pre-Norman water mill, with its pond and stream and is set in a tiny valley.

 
Barry and Wendy Dare fell in love with  a building that was falling down with  no garden.  They had no money and no experience of either restoration or horticulture, but learned on the hoof so to speak, whilst doing other jobs and raising children.
 
Their creation over a lifetime is there for everyone to enjoy: two and a half acres of interesting planting (Wendy recently judged at Chelsea); of surprises round every corner and a lot of fun.  Mill Dene has a tiny misty grotto in amongst the bog garden on the stream and a trick of the eye apparently extends the boundaries of the garden.   It is an exercise of making the most of a difficult site.  It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate, and which will nourish the senses.
 
 
 
Telephone 01386 700457
 
 
 
 
 

 

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