Kelmscott Manor was the summer retreat of William Morris from 1871 until 1896, under joint lease from various other Arts & Crafts/Pre-Raphaelite big names like Dante Gabriel Rossetti. It’s in the middle of nowhere in Oxfordshire, and as you can imagine it’s beautiful! It’s now looked after by the Society of Antiquaries, and open to the public on selected Saturdays & Wednesdays. My friend & I went along to cheer ourselves up last Saturday & it made for an excellent day out. The weather was a bit variable, but we did manage to escape most of the rain.
I thought I’d share some of my highlights of the day. There was some exceptional design, as you can imagine, as well as incredible embroidery and a garden complete with a cat & a tremendous number of bees!
All in all, Kelmscott Manor is well worth a day out if you are a Morris fan, or even if you just fancy a quiet day in the countryside!