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Kelmscott Manor (currently closed) was the inspirational country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement.
An enchanting place within walking distance of the Thames Path, during open seasons the Manor offers a lot to visitors both young and old.
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.
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.
The domestic charm and ambience of the house is still retained, and visitors can draw inspiration from Manor and surrounding gardens.
During the season Kelmscott Manor hosts several Family Activity Days including embroidery, drawing, miniature books and other crafts. There are 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.