Morris to Mackintosh: British Arts and Crafts
June 9-18, 2017
Day One - Friday, June 9
Depart the USA for your overnight flight to London.
Day Two - Saturday, June 10
Individual arrival into London. Check in to your boutique hotel, ideally located in South Kensington. Meet your hosts; Author and Art & Crafts expert Peter Cormack, and Risa Sekiguchi, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Travel Manager. Visit the Victoria & Albert Museum, with its interiors and collections by William Morris and his contemporaries, as well as the Holy Trinity Church, called “the Cathedral of the Arts & Crafts Movement” due to its beautiful interiors and Arts & Crafts-era stained glass. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during the welcome dinner.
The Kensington Hotel D
Day Three - Sunday, June 11
After breakfast at the hotel, a full day of sightseeing includes the iconic Red House, William Morris’s Arts & Crafts home, and a curator-led tour of the magnificent Aesthetic movement home and studio of painter Frederic Leighton. Also enjoy a tour at the William Morris Gallery. The evening is yours to take in London’s exciting restaurants and nightlife.
The Kensington Hotel B L
Day Four - Monday, June 12
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 on your own, join an optional walking tour of Broadway Tower followed by an hour-long hike through the pastoral English countryside to the town of Broadway. Or, use the rest of the afternoon to further explore Chipping Campden. Then, check into your centrally located historic hotel. This evening, gather for a lecture and Q&A session with Peter Cormack, followed by a group dinner at a local pub.
Cotswold House Hotel B D
Day Five - Tuesday, June 13
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 home’s owner Simon Biddulph. Return to Chipping Campden to enjoy an evening at leisure.
Cotswold House Hotel B L
Day Six - Wednesday, June 14
Depart after breakfast for a private lunch and tour of Wightwick Manor, one of Britain’s most intact homes built and furnished under the influence of the Arts & Crafts movement. Then 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 L D
Day Seven - Thursday, June 15
After breakfast, set off for a full day excursion including a tour of M. H. Baillie Scott’s Blackwell House and a private tour and lunch at 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. You have time to wander the estate’s many splendid gardens. Your evening is at leisure.
Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel B L D
Day Eight - Friday, June 16
After breakfast, journey over the English/Scottish border to Glasgow, birthplace of architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Upon arrival, enjoy Cream Tea at the iconic Willow Tea Room. Then, visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery for a tour of the decorative arts collection with curator Alison Brown. Continue to the Hunterian Art Gallery for an introductory talk by senior curator Pamela Robertson. Then, visit the adjacent Macintosh House and Gallery. Tonight, enjoy the evening on your own in vibrant central Glasgow.
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Day Nine - Saturday, June 17
In the morning, after breakfast, visit the Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross. Then, visit the House for an Art Lover, built in 1989-96 based on Mackintosh’s 1901 design. After lunch, visit Mackintosh’s finest residential commission, Hill House. Following an introductory lecture by property manager Lorna Hepburn, you’ll have time to explore the stunning house on your own. An exterior visit to The Glasgow School of Art ends the day. Tonight, toast the end of a beautiful adventure at a farewell dinner.
Blythswood Square Hotel B L D
Day Ten - Sunday, June 18
The journey ends after breakfast. Transfers to the airport can be arranged upon request.