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Hampshire Arts and Crafts

2 nights starting from

  • Private visit to Bedales including Ernest Gimson's 1921 Library

  • Gertrude Jekyll’s Manor House Gardens at Upton Grey

  • Arts and Crafts Vann Garden

  • Haslemere – and its Peasants Arts Society

This fascinating tour in the company of renowned experts, Prof Anne and Dr Scott Anderson, takes us to Hampshire, where the Arts & Crafts movement flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visits to gardens, a church, a school and a town walk, combine to show the far-reaching influence of the movement.

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Day 1: Arrive independently at the Crowne Plaza Basingstoke from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and talk from Prof Anne Anderson

Day 2: Vann Garden, St Christophers Church and Haslemere
Our first visit is to the 5-acre series of garden “rooms” at Vann, including a water garden by Gertrude Jekyll and the pergola by the grandfather of the present owners, W.D. Caroe. Then to Haslemere and St Christophers designed by Charles Spooner, by leading light of the Arts &Crafts movement and follower of William Morris. Then a guided walk around Haslemere, site of a flourishing community of artists and craftspeople from the late 19th century, originally known as the Peasant Arts Society. Second talk from Anne and dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3 Bedales School and Manor House Gardens, Upton Grey
Our first visit is to the Arts and Crafts gardens at the Manor House, Upton Grey, designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1908 for Charles Holme, a leading figure in the Arts & Crafts movement. Then onto Alton for free time for lunch before visiting Bedales School, a famous “liberal” boarding school frequented by the children of the well-heeled artistic community. Founded in 1893, the school was the antithesis of stuffy Victorian formality. Its 1921 library is regarded as the final and greatest work of Art and Crafts architect, Ernest Gimson. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.00.

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 48 passengers.


  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Crowne Plaza Basingstoke Hotel, 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
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout


  • 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


Crowne Plaza Basingstoke

This four-star hotel is conveniently located with easy access to the M3 and a 10 minute drive from Basingstoke train station. The hotel has a lounge bar, serving light meals, snacks and drinks, and is a nice place to relax after a long day sightseeing. The 1449 Restaurant is where breakfast and evening meals are served. Bedrooms are comfortable and cosy, with a contemporary design, and all have private bathroom facilities, TV, hairdryer, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

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