2 nights starting from
Munstead Wood – explore Gertrude Jekyll’s garden
Watts Gallery, home to over 6,000 of Watts’ paintings and sculptures
Guided by Arts & Crafts experts, Prof. Anne and Dr Scott Anderson
Visit the Phillips Memorial Park designed by Gertude Jekyll and the Arts & Crafts Cloister designed by Hugh Thackeray Turner
A full day on this tour is dedicated to GF Watts – his gallery, a classic example of Arts & Crafts architecture, the Watts Mortuary chapel is Victorian philanthropy at its best and Limnnerlease, his home, has reopened to the public with his great studio at its heart. Add to this Munstead Wood, Gertrude Jekyll’s home and Grade 1 listed garden, Godalming’s memorial Godalming’s memorial park, Prof. Anne and Dr Scott Anderson and this is a tour to savour.
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Day 1: Arrive independently at the Talbot Ripley Hotel from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Prof. Anne Anderson - ‘Victorian Dreamers: GF Watts and Mary Watts’.
Day 2: Munstead Wood, Busbridge Church and Phillips Memorial Park.
This morning we will visit Munstead Wood, the home of Gertrude Jekyll, and have a guided tour of the Grade 1 listed garden by the Head Gardener. The family home is under private ownership and closed to the public, but the exterior can still be admired. Built by Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1897, Gertrude also incorporated many of her own ideas into the design as well as designing and planting the garden. We will also visit Busbridge Church in Godalming, where there are stained glass windows by Morris & Co., including designs by Edward Burne-Jones, and later ones by Archibald Keightley Nicholson. After free time for lunch (not included) we will visit Phillips Memorial Park and Cloister named after John George (Jack) Phillips who was Chief Wireless Telegraphist on the RMS Titanic and remained at his post sending out distress messages in Morse code, as the ship sank, after striking an iceberg, on 15 April 1912. He was one of the first people to use the new international emergency call sign SOS during an actual disaster. The Cloister was designed by Hugh Thackeray Turner (1850-1937), a local architect renowned as an exponent of the Arts & Crafts style, whilst the garden inside and around the Cloister was designed by Gertrude Jekyll. Our final visit of the day is to St Martin’s Church, Blackheath, to view its Arts & Crafts detailing. This evening Prof. Anne Anderson will give her second talk - ‘Surrey Arts & Crafts: Lutyens and Voysey’, before dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 3: Watts Gallery, Mortuary and Limnerslease House.
A full day at the excellent Watts Gallery in Compton, which is home to over 6,000 of Watts’ paintings and sculptures. Reopened in 2010 following extensive restoration, the gallery was originally founded by Watts and his wife Mary Fraser-Tytler in 1904 to showcase his work. To mark his 200th birthday the gallery unveiled a new exhibition of a timeline of this life in art. We will also visit the extraordinary Mortuary Chapel, designed by Mary Fraser-Tytler in the Gothic Revival style and paid for by Watts, the chapel was a gift to the villagers of Compton who helped to build it and decorate the interior - a classic example of Victorian philanthropy. After a light lunch (included) we will have a tour of Limnerslease, Watts’ home and studio, which he commissioned from the Arts & Crafts architect Ernest George. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour managers' discretion.
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.
This chic four-star hotel is nestled in the heart of the picturesque Surrey village of Ripley. It has many period features from throughout its 500-year history, as well as the benefits of an extensive contemporary refurbishment. Bedrooms all have private bathroom facilities, TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Talbot Ripley Website
Prof. Anne Anderson
Prof. Anne Anderson author, broadcaster and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, was a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University for 14 years, specialising in the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. Anne's career as an international speaker has taken her all over the world and her TV credits include the BBC's Flog It!. Anne has received a rapturous response from or customers at the many Travel Editions UK lectures and tours as well as a host of tours overseas and her knowledge, wit and enthusiasm bring her beloved subjects to life in whatever location she finds them.
Dr Scott Anderson MA, PhD, FNAVA, ASFAV (Associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers)
Scott is a University Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design and is an Honorary Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers. He is a specialist in Victorian and Edwardian art, architecture and antiques and is a consultant expert for the BBC2 'Flog It!' programme. Scott is an Accredited Lecturer of The Arts Society and has lectured extensively to various societies, special interest groups and educational groups throughout Britain. He has extensive tour guiding experience in Britain, European locations such as Paris, Berlin, Vienna and New York.
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.
I think people got a bit fed up with G F Watts by the end and this was exacerbated by the heat in the gallery. Several people nearly fainted. Enjoyed all the houses. And Anne was very good.
Review by Quinn who travelled 19-June-2019
Weather was lovely and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
Review by Colvin who travelled 19-June-2019
Anne was absolutely outstanding, her notes are excellent too. I will be giving a presentation on the Arts and Crafts house, and thought that I had with all the research I had already done, had it under my belt, but I learnt SO much more than I could have thought possible, as it is to raise money for The VicSoc, our local museum and another local group, I think it will be very successful! The hotel was excellent, staff lovely, very comfortable, and food very good, it was SUCH an improvement on the Delft hotel, which although it had very lovely staff, and was not uncomfortable, our room was dull and drear in the extreme and the food pretty awful, including unusually because hotels usually get this right, the breakfast.
Review by Smart who travelled 19-June-2019
Review by Butler who travelled 03-June-2018
Review by who travelled 03-June-2018
This was my second Travel Editions UK trip and I really enjoyed it. However there was a blip in admin close to departure where I thought I was going to the Hilton and booked my train ticket to the station nearest that hotel. Then the final departure paperwork arrived for The Talbot at Ripley. when I checked back, all my correspondence was for The Talbot so I bought a new return ticket. This seemed weird. When I arrived at the welcome reception one of the couples in our group had gone to the Hilton, where they weren't expected. On contacting your emergency number they were redirected to the Talbot. Fortunately they were driving. Their experience, coupled with mine makes me think something went wrong somewhere in your system and you might be advised to check this out. Fortunately my wasted train ticket wasn't horribly expensive, but it was annoying nevertheless.
Review by Ferries who travelled 03-June-2018
Persuade Hilton to put in shaving mirrors!
Review by Mr T Stone who travelled 01-August-2016
This tour was full on from checkin at the Hotel desk to being dropped back at the hotel at the end of the second day. Our time was filled with lectures, tours and food. Anne and Scott were the ideal team and operated with just the right level of serious study, instruction, patience and humour (important). My over riding memories of the trip are positive but I would point out the following: 1. I was very disappointed that Goddards Library and therefore purchase of history booklet and postcards was not available. The appointed guide didn't turn up but the family staying at the house let us into the Dining Room which, I presume, they need not have done as they nothing about our arrival. 2. The microphone on the bus was not working. Disappointing as a commentary can add to the journey and save time on arrival/departure. 3. The room had no fridge/bottled water. Thank you, Barbara Howard
Review by Mrs Barbara Howard who travelled 01-August-2016
A very enjoyable and well informed tour. We were very well looked after and the lectures and presentations at each site were excellent .
Review by Mr Peter Hook who travelled 01-August-2016
A most interesting and well organised tour. Both Ann and Scott worked very well together as a team The Watts visit merited the full day it received My only adverse comment related to the dinners at the hotel. They were pretty poor, Not the fault of Travel Editions.
Review by Mr Ian Bullock who travelled 01-August-2016
Great tour. Have had Ann and Scott before and it works well . Coach needed to be small for the narrow roads but could have been more modern.
Review by Mrs Jacqueline Hockey who travelled 01-August-2016
Review by Mrs Anne Burrows who travelled 01-August-2016
Hotel a bit disappointing - staff were willing but some in the restaurant seemed under trained. Manager in restaurant at breakfast was excellent. Dinner was a bit late for some of us - older folk often like to eat early! It would have been nice to have had the wine not drunk on the first night available for the second dinner. Shame we couldn't get into the library at Goddards. Overall, actually very good and well led by Scott and Ann.
Review by Mr Robert Jeays who travelled 01-August-2016
We had an enjoyable tour Anne and Scott very easy, efficient, enjoyable hosts Yes we will book again - I think Eileen and I have become regular visitors
Review by Ms Vicky Seddon who travelled 01-August-2016
Review by Mrs Nicola Scadding who travelled 04-July-2016
The talks by Anne Anderson were excellent, as is her knowledge. I particularly liked her choice of places to visit. Norney Grange was my favourite. I hope she will be leading more Arts & Crafts tours next year. I particularly like the work of CFA Voysey and Philip Webb, so more of those, please.
Review by Ms Wendy Ball who travelled 04-July-2016
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