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Morris to Mackintosh: British Arts and Crafts

June 6-15, 2019

Daily Itinerary

Day One - Thursday, June 6

Depart the USA for your overnight flight to London.

Day Two - Friday, June 7

Individual arrival into London. Check in to your boutique hotel, ideally located in South Kensington. Meet your Frank Lloyd Wright hosts and fellow travelers and stroll to the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum, with its interiors and collections by William Morris and his contemporaries. Enjoy an introduction of the movement by Author and Art & Crafts expert Peter Cormack, then view its extensive collection. Next, enjoy a curator-led tour of the magnificent Aesthetic movement home and studio of painter Frederic Leighton. In the evening, get to know your fellow travelers during cocktails and dinner. 
The Kensington Hotel D

Day Three - Saturday, June 8

After breakfast at the hotel, a full day of sightseeing includes the iconic Red House, William Morris’s Arts & Crafts home, and the William Morris Gallery. Also visit the Holy Trinity Church, called “the Cathedral of the Arts & Crafts Movement” due to its beautiful interiors and Arts & Crafts-era stained glass. The evening is yours to take in London’s exciting restaurants and nightlife. 
The Kensington Hotel B L

Day Four - Sunday, June 9

After breakfast, drive to the storybook-perfect town of Chipping Campden, where the Arts & Crafts movement flourished at the start of the 20th century. Join a local historian for a walking tour of Chipping Campden that includes the Court Barn Museum. Visit Hart Silversmiths, the last operating business of the Guild of Handicraft which C. R. Ashbee established in 1888. After lunch at a local favorite, visit Broadway Tower, followed by an optional hour-long hike through the pastoral English countryside to the town of Broadway. Or, ride the bus to explore the shops along the town’s 17th-century High Street. Then, check into your centrally located, historic hotel. Tonight, join David Bagnall for a lecture about Frank Lloyd Wright and the British Arts and Crafts Movement. Your evening is at leisure to explore the small town’s surprisingly varied cuisine options.
The Lygon Arms B L

Day Five - Monday, June 10

After breakfast, set off to explore several important Arts & Crafts era homes. Visit William Morris’s country estate, Kelmscott Manor, then continue to Rodmarton Manor for a private lunch and tour with the owner. You will have time to explore the manor’s extensive gardens on your own. Return to Broadway for an evening at leisure.
The Lygon Arms B L

Day Six - Tuesday, June 11

Depart after breakfast for a private before-hours tour of Wightwick Manor, one of Britain’s most intact homes built and furnished under the influence of the Arts & Crafts movement. After lunch on your own, drive through bucolic scenery to the storied Lake District and on to Windermere, one of the area’s most charming towns. Check into the area’s best hotel and take in the stunning views over Lake Windemere. In the evening, gather for pre-dinner drinks in the lobby and enjoy dinner at its Michelin-starred restaurant.
Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel B D

Day Seven - Wednesday, June 12

After breakfast, set off for a full day excursion, starting with visits to M. H. Baillie Scott’s Blackwell House and nearby Broad Leys, designed by C. F. A. Voysey. Next, board a Victorian-era steam engine boat across Lake Coniston to Brantwood, the home of influential Victorian critic and writer, John Ruskin. After lunch at the café, you will have time to wander the estate and its many splendid gardens. Your evening is at leisure.
Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel B L

Day Eight - Thursday, June 13

After breakfast, journey over the English/Scottish border to Glasgow, birthplace of architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. On the way, visit St. Martin’s Church to see stained-glass windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones designed and produced by William Morris in this Philip Webb planned building. Also visit nearby Lanercost Abbey before enjoying a tour and lunch at 14-th century Naworth Castle. Continue to Glasgow and the Hunterian Art Gallery for an introductory talk by senior curator Anne Dulau. Then, visit the adjacent Macintosh House and Gallery. Check into your centrally located hotel and enjoy the evening on your own in vibrant central Glasgow. 
Blythswood Square Hotel B L

Day Nine - Friday, June 14

In the morning, visit Mackintosh’s finest residential commission, Hill House, which is currently under restoration. After returning to Glasgow, stop at the Scotland Street School before sitting down to lunch at the iconic Willow Tea Rooms. In the afternoon, visit the Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery with curator Alison Brown. Tonight, toast the end of a beautiful adventure at a gala farewell dinner.
Blythswood Square Hotel B L D

Day Ten - Saturday, June 15

The journey ends after breakfast. Transfers to the airport can be arranged upon request.

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