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“A haven of calm”
Review of Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This Tudor farmhouse, located adjacent to the River Thames, was built of local limestone in 1570. Later, the Manor became the Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. When Morris first saw the Manor in 1871, he was delighted by this 'loveliest haunt of ancient peace'; he signed a joint lease for the property with his friend and colleague Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite artist. Today, the Manor welcomes more than 20,000 visitors each year (between April and October) who come to explore this special place that provided inspiration to Morris and others. Adult ticket price is £9.00 (but concessions are available).
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A haven of calm”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

A delightful place to visit especially on a beautiful day like today!
This is the Cotswold home of William Morris which is delightfully preserved by the dedicated team of volunteers. The welcome is warm, the information offered in each room extensive and informative. I have seldom visited an house with such charm and an aura of peace and tranquility - the gardens are lovely to sit in and the tea room/restaurant provides an excellent selection of drinks, and meals.
Take the time to step back into Victorian England, and help the supporters of this delightful English Country House.
Well worth a visit, but make sure that you check their website as the house is only currently open until the 1st November 2013 (opens again April 2014) on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Visited October 2013
5 Thank leighb2000
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Students Welcome!”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

When looking around the Manor I felt very welcome as some places don't really accommodate for students, however everyone was willing to help with my project.
When going into the restaurant the prices varied from £3.50- £10.00 this seamed like the right price for a meal. The cakes looked lovely but it would be nice to see one dedicated to Miss Lobb.
Great place to go!

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Redasaladybird
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful house and gardens”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

We visited Kelmscott on a lovely autumn day and were delighted with the house and gardens. I have always loved William Morris prints and was not disappointed on seeing lovely examples of his work, together with those of his wife and daughter. It brought Morris and his family to life for us and we loved reading and hearing of the connections with the poet Rosetti etc. The gardens are small but idyllic. The car park is a bit of a hike from the house but as it was a lovely sunny day, we enjoyed the walk. The staff were friendly and helpful and answered any questions we had with a smile. Definitely to be recommended.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank Voyageuse49_12
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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“A great day out”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

I was taken on a surprise trip out to Kelmscott Manor, a delightful Tudor Manor House, set in a small well kept garden, plenty of fruit trees and a four hundred year old mulberry tree. The house is full of beautiiful wallpapers and fabrics designed by William Morris also some lovely furniture and china. The staff that work there are very helpful and are very well informed about the house and its contents. There is also a little resturant in the grounds that do light lunches and some lovely cakes with afternoon tea and a lovely little shop. The village of Kelmscott is very pretty and if you have time it's well worth exploring.

Visited September 2013
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“So 'Morrish' !”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

A delightful piece of Ye Olde England.
Visited here as part of a coach party. This meant proceedings were formalised - to begin with.
The house itself was neatly made out - not too much to take in - for those of us who take these things seriously. Upon entry into the house - a guide will offer you a short / four sided plan and description of the public rooms. A member of staff be 'on guard' in most of the rooms. There be various objet d'art in each room with a short description - this be just right.
Of particular interest ? - the small insect traps ! These little white triangles with a sticky floor to them be dotted all around the house. The 'results' were fascinating !
The gardens / grounds be pleasant - even in the Autumn.
There be an exhibition hall within an old barn near the entrance to the property. This consists of around half a dozen large panels 'setting the scene' for what be to come.
The shop was small but with a reasonable choice of 'tat' - for those who like such - not that the guidebook at £5.00 would be considered as such by Moi !
The café / restaurant be housed within another old barn. A very decent cream tea came as part of our package. Best of all - the premises are licensed ! That said, the only tipples on offer were wines - the dry Rose was particularly palatable. It be self service.

Niggles ? well... In the café / restaurant - a beer or two - even if of the bottled variety - would be nice. Nicer still if by a local / micro brewer !
The gift shop purveyed three bow ties - much to our surprise. Methinks the patterns were based upon W.Morris works ? Alas, said bows were only of the pre-tied style - not good enough for those of us who prefer to tie our own !

Hope to return again, albeit, in Summer.

Visited October 2013
3 Thank RobertTaggart
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