Hampshire Arts and Crafts

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  • 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.

ITINERARY

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.

INCLUDED

  • 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


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

HOTEL

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.

Crowne Plaza Basingstoke 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. 

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Interesting short break.Great to have both the Andersons with us.What a lot of knowledge between them.I feel better informed now. The small group(27?)was ideal.I dislike big groups! Lovely coach driver,too.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 02-August-2019


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Much enjoyed it all. Anne & Scott were a great team & the information was excellent. The visit to Bedales School was the highlight and a fitting ending to the tour

Review by Barber who travelled 19-July-2019


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The hotel was excellent, walk in shower spot on, Saturday’s buffet dinner a good idea. Consider flipping the two days itinerary. Lady on Sunday morning didn’t have a loud voice & didn’t wait for everyone to gather together as she moved round the garden before talking. Not helped by the bell ringing from the church nearby. The church was very interesting, but we had to wait till the service ended before entering. They didn’t know we were coming or could have sold us teas & booklets. Place we stopped for lunch on Saturday had a high street full of eateries. But Alton on Sunday was mostly closed. Would have been better to have parked by St Lawrence church. Bedales School was brilliant.

Review by Smith who travelled 19-July-2019


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The tour was better than the 'label on the tin' thanks to a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable specialist supported by well informed tour manager. Party size at 47 was too large especially for the garden tours but what was arranged for us to see was well worth seeing. An enjoyable tour from which I emerged much better informed on the subject area.

Review by French who travelled 19-July-2019


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Prof. Anne Anderson was informative and approachable as always. Her knowledge is amazing. The Places we visited, especially the gardens, were fabulous. The Crown Plaza Basingstoke, was extremely comfortable, and Franklyn the Restaurant Manager very attentive. Altogether a lovely few days away. Many thanks.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 19-July-2019


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We really enjoyed the Tour. We realise it was the first ime it had been run and that there was a lot of interest. Unfortunately this meant the Group was too big to be managed as one individual party at the two Gardens we visited, and some were not able to hear what was being said by the Hosts, which is the reason why we have given a "satisfactory" score against Sightseeing Tours The visit to Bedales was the main reason for our joining the Trip, and we were not dissapointedAs always Anne and Scott were at their best, and the Driver, Jo, has to be complemented on her superb handling of the Coach in some very tight situations. The hotel was perfectly acceptable, but there are always some little querks, which is why we very rarely score Excellent, but you should have no second thoughts about using that Hotel again. I understand it was the first time you had used it?

Review by Herrington who travelled 19-July-2019


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Gardens and buildings were all beautiful. What was nice was having plenty of time for lunch. It takes a long time for all 48 to get off the coach, then you have to get orientated and find somewhere to eat, then wait for the order to arrive. Then eat without getting indigestion. With large numbers, it is always the same problem, we are getting older and there are sticks and frames, but if the host/ess is in a hurry, only the first 10 or so get to hear what she has to say. The rest spend the time catching up. I dont know what the answer is to that. Anyway, my next trip is in a couple of weeks based in Tiverton.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 19-July-2019


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