Cotswolds

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor, a beautiful manor house set in 12.5 acres of English gardens, was the much-loved home and inspiration for William Morris.

Inspiration to Morris

Constructed entirely of limestone and timber, Kelmscott Manor served as a peaceful resort for Morris and his friend, the renowned Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Celebrated by the owner as a “door to the imagination,” Kelmscott Manor offers authentic interiors as well as artsy additions. From rustic oak furniture to black-and gold ones, 17th century tapestries, needle-work and some fine paintings. Visitors will also get to see a lot of Morris’ past works and possessions, including ceramics, metalwork, textiles, pictures and furniture.

Garden and Activities

The gardens at Kelmscott Manor are imaginative and many of the aspects here have intriguing background stories. Like the dragon-shaped hedge, or Fafnir, is inspired by an Icelandic legend. The front garden bursts with roses of all hues and kinds while the Orchard boasts apples and plums with a carpet of small flowers.

The Mulberry Garden consists of exotic and old trees, such as black mulberry. The Tea Lawn that fronts the Tearoom offers many picnic benches where you can enjoy a cuppa.

Activities such as summer exhibitions, family workshops, English lawn croquet and Kelmscott Manor lecture series are held in Kelmscott Manor.

 

Please note: From November to March, the Manor is not open to the public.