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Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds

2 nights starting from
£389

  • The Wilson, Cheltenham

  • Private tours with the owners of Rodmarton Manor and Cotswold Farm

  • Selsley and Sapperton Churches

Explore the legacy of the Arts & Crafts Movement of the early 20th century, inspired by William Morris, in a series of visits that illustrate this influential movement’s philosophy of design and local creativity, best shown in the Cotswolds.

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10 - October - 2019 £ 389.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and a talk by Dr Scott Anderson - ‘Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds’. (2019 - Talk by Prof Anne Anderson)

Day 2: The Wilson, Cheltenham and Cotswold Farm. 
The first visit of the day is to the brand new and very impressive The Wilson, Cheltenham’s Art Gallery and Museum which houses a superb arts and crafts collection. Then it’s off for a light lunch (included) at Cotswold Farm, privately owned by Iona Birchill who will guide you around her beautiful Arts & Crafts home and gardens, which was extended by architect Sidney Barnsley. This evening there will be a second talk from Dr Scott Anderson - ‘Inventing the Cotswold Style: Gimson and the Barnsleys’ (2019 Prof Anne Anderson)and buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant.


Day 3: Rodmarton Manor, All Saints Selsley and Sapperton Church.
This morning we will visit the Arts & Crafts Rodmarton Manor where we will be shown around by owner Simon Biddulph. Rodmarton was completed in 1929 and was one of the last great country houses to be built using traditional methods of construction – one of the Arts & Crafts movements’ ideals. After a light lunch (included) we will visit All Saints in Selsley, a church designed by GF Bodley
. Whilst here we will have a short talk on the Gothic Revival style of the church and a look at its remarkable stained glass windows that were supplied by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co., the predecessor of Morris and Co. in the 1860s and to Sapperton Church, burial place of many leading Arts & Crafts protagonists. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Blundson House Hotel, Swindon, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner at the hotel restaurant
  • Two light lunches
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout


NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Holiday insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon 
Located on the edge of the Cotswolds in the village of Broad Blunsdon near Swindon, the four-star family owned Blunsdon House Hotel offers comfortable, individually decorated and tastefully furnished bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, TV, mini bar, safe and tea & coffee making facilities in the room. Other facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, bar, and a health and lesiure club including gym and swimming pool. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

Blunsdon House Hotel Website

 

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 

We love to receive feedback from our customers. Their views help us to keep improving the ours we offer. If you have been on this tour and would like to submit a review, please log in to our client area here and fill in the short form.

Recent Reviews

 

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An excellent tour which we thoroughly enjoyed. The hotel restaurant was also excellent, as was the service.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 11-October-2018


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Very good tour in particular the two visits to the private houses where we had lunch and were shown round by the owner. One criticism it would be much better to have the evening lectures after the evening meal. Senior citizens would prefer not to be eating at 9.30 pm.

Review by Birks who travelled 11-October-2018


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 11-October-2018


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Enjoyable and interesting holiday. Tour manager very well informed but at times cold have been briefer. Final afternoon perhaps a little thin. It would have been interesting at least to see the houses where arts and crafts people had lived in Sapperton, even if we could not go inside. Hotel pleasant but we had a continuing problem with a WC that did not flush properly - not cured despite raising it with staff.

Review by Price who travelled 11-October-2018


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The picture on page 37 is not Selsey church. Anne Anderson did not give either of the tevening alks. The dinners were not buffet style & hotel locations mentioned in the final notes are inaccurate. A handout summarising the history and architecture of Cotswold Farm would be useful. There was too much detail to memorise. Rodmarton & Selsey have guide books on sale. The route should be agreed in advance with the coach company and not improvised on the day. I always include the numbers of the OS Landranger and Explorer maps in my tour notes. OS grid references are helpful. It took some time to locate Cotswold Farm.

Review by Mrs L Hollamby who travelled 15-September-2016


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We enjoyed the trip very much. There was some slight confusion about seeing the non-Arts/Crafts parts of The Wilson in Cheltenham. The lunch at Rodmarton Manor was rather sparse!

Review by Mrs Hilary Silk who travelled 15-September-2016


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The photo in your brochure was not of Selsley church. The written description of the tour was OK. Scott and Prof Anne Anderson were just fantastic, knowledgeable but relaxed. However, the evening talks should have been given by Anne.

Review by Mrs L Hollamby who travelled 15-September-2016


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The places we visited were full of interest - they were very well chosen

Review by Mrs Catherine Foot who travelled 15-September-2016


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We finally managed to get our break after having to cancel two previous holidays. Had you not held our original deposits over this period, it would have cost us far more for our break. Cannot thank you enough for that. Many thanks . "Great break & Superb service".

Review by Mrs Melanie Asquith who travelled 15-September-2016


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A wonderful tour which further inspired our love of the Arts and Crafts movement. Our tour guides, Anne and Scott Anderson were extremely knowledgeable on their subject and combined this with a friendly and approachable manner. The hotel was comfortable and the food excellent. We loved all of it but it was a particular privilege to see Cotswold Farm which is not generally open to the public. Iona made us fell very welcome visitors. We are looking forward to planning another trip.

Review by Mr John Gray who travelled 15-September-2016


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Review by Mrs P Chattin who travelled 15-September-2016


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I had to ask to be moved to another room after the first night at the Blunsdon House Hotel. The first room had a bed like a board, was incredibly hot with only an old noisy fan and the ceiling wallpaper was peeling off. Also the loo would not flush properly. The room I was moved to was excellent by comparison.

Review by Miss Suzan Swinchatt who travelled 15-September-2016


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