William Morris - A Great Victorian

2 nights starting from
£439

  • Morris’ country home – Kelmscott Manor, newly reopened after a 2-year conservation project

  • 18th century Neoclassical Buscot Park with Burne-Jones’ “Legend of the Briar Rose”

  • Oxford – including Christ Church with its magnificent Morris & Co stained glass windows

  • Two talks from Morris expert, Prof. Anne Anderson

Kelmscott Manor became a much loved retreat of William Morris, a place that fitted perfectly with his Arts & Crafts ideals of craftsmanship. Many of Morris’ admirers were to follow in his footsteps by setting up communities in the Cotswolds and have left behind an abundance of fine craftsmanship for us to enjoy. Newly reopened after an absence of more than two years, Kelmscott Manor was Morris’ beloved country home and a great inspiration to him. Explore this, the National Trust’s Buscot Park and his time in Oxford with experts Prof. Anne and Dr Scott Anderson.

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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 your expert host – ‘William Morris at Kelmscott Manor’.

Day 2: Kelmscott Manor and Buscot Park.  
We start our day with a visit to Kelmscott Manor, which has just reopened after a two-year conservation project. Kelmscott was William Morris’ inspirational country home from 1871 until his death in 1896 and contains an outstanding collection of works by Morris and his associates. Here we will enjoy a private visit and guided tour and finish with a ploughman’s lunch before heading on our way. This afternoon we will enjoy a visit to the 18th century neoclassical Buscot Park. The estate and its contents were left to the National Trust in 1956, including works of art by Rembrandt and, in the music room, friend and collaborator of Morris, Sir Edward Coley Burne Jones’ ‘The Legend of the Briar Rose’, inspired by the fairy-tale Sleeping Beauty. Return to the hotel where, this evening, there will be a second lecture by your expert host – ‘The Pre-Raphaelites in Oxford’ and dinner.

Day 3: Morris’ Oxford.
A full day exploring Morris’ time in Oxford starting with a visit to the superb Ashmolean Museum, Britain’s oldest public museum, founded in 1683, with a world-famous collection ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art. After time for lunch (not included) our afternoon in the city of dreaming spires continues with a visit to the fabled Oxford Union, including the Old Library – one of the largest lending libraries in Oxford. Finally we head to magnificent Christ Church with its outstanding Morris & Co. stained glass windows. 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 36 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night three-course buffet dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner in the restaurant 
  • One light lunch
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Holiday insurance
  • Double for sole use 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

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Review by South who travelled 14-August-2019


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Well planned tour covering all aspects of the tour description.Excellent tour guides who were experts in their specialisms. The guides were very helpful with any problems or queries from members of the group .

Review by Bailey who travelled 14-August-2019


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Overall a good visits and interesting, for me probably spent too long at the Ashmolian discussing one painting. Really found the visit to the Oxford Union fascinating. The best part was of course was Kelmscott.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 14-August-2019


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Our tour guide was excellent and enthusiastic. The hotel was the best we have yet encountered on our trips with Travel Editions - excellent. A lovely holiday, Thank you.

Review by who travelled 15-August-2018


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We travelled by car so no comment on transport - other than Motorways were terrible! We enjoyed the tours and much of the company, especially the Welsh ladies. Scott knows his stuff obviously. We feel better educated as a result of the tour and our own additions before and after in Liverpool and the Lake District - taking in the Walker Art Gallery and also Brantwood and Blackwell, so all very cultural. Thank you. Maureen and David

Review by who travelled 15-August-2018


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Excellent trip. We are excited to book the next trip now. Would definitely recommend.

Review by Clisby who travelled 15-August-2018


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Our first tour with Travel Editions, and a big success, due in no small part to our guide, Dr Scott Anderson, whose enthusiasm and depth of knowledge were most impressive. And he managed to keep our large group - 39 people, not all of whom were in the first flush of active youth - together and engaged and happy. Thanks to everyone involved.

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The whole tour experience was superb: Scott and Anne were exceptional in their breadth of knowledge, passion for their subject, and geniality; all locations were well-chosen and the guides at each establishment were equally enthusiastic and friendly. The Blunsdon Hotel was extremely comfortable with great food and wines on offer. The staff there couldn't have done more to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. The coaches we travelled in were very comfortable and Adrian proved to be an excellent driver. The only downside was the 'rudeness' of a few fellow guests, with quasi-aggressive questioning or behaviour that wasted time more profitably spent by hearing more of what Anne and Scott had to say. I do have problems filtering extraneous noise and am easily distracted by peripheral movement, but even my husband commented on the lack of sensitivity of some group members. Despite all this I am excited about the possibility of embarking on another Travel Editions Tour soon. Thank you so much for the attention to detail that made this such a wonderfully fulfilling experience.

Review by Long who travelled 16-August-2017


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Very interesting tour and I think anne Anderson is an excellent guide and lecturer accompanied by tour manager Scott Anderson, also an informative and entertaining guide. Learnt a great deal and really loved Kelmscott and buscot park. Oxford was great although I found it more tiring with so much walking involved. Recommend this tour highly.

Review by Clayton who travelled 16-August-2017


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Excellent hotel and food. Excellent travel to visits and excellent guide and tour manager. A thoroughly enjoyable few days.

Review by Mr Martin Booth who travelled 10-August-2016


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very good especially the second day in Oxford- my head is full of much new information about the pre-Raphaelite paintings. Would prefer the second day to finish a little earlier in order to make onward travel easier.

Review by Miss Patricia Nappin who travelled 10-August-2016


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Everything was as as expected:tour manager and lecturer both did a good job and worked well together, the hotel was excellent, food was good, bus comfortable and driver very competent. We arranged our own transport.

Review by Mrs Norma Hinson who travelled 10-August-2016


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I thought that the William Morris - Great Victorian was very good value and that Anne and Scott Anderson were very knowledgeable, good communicators and very friendly. Overall, it was a very enjoyable few days I plan to do other tours with Travel Editions.

Review by Ms Frances Rutter who travelled 10-August-2016


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Review by Mrs Caroline Lowe who travelled 10-August-2016


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Excellent lectures and good organisation in spite of the unusually large group. It did not phase the leaders who were excellent company. Good accommodation and friendly staff

Review by Mrs Mary Mountain who travelled 10-August-2016


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Lovely hotel. Excellent lecturer and tour manager. Well planned and nicely paced.

Review by Mr Noel Parsons who travelled 10-August-2016


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This was our first trip with 'Travel Editions' and we had a fabulous time. Hope to try another tour next year.

Review by Mrs Janet Mansbridge who travelled 10-August-2016


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I was very impressed with all aspects of this trip. It was really enjoyable and I am hoping to join you again next spring. Professor Anderson was very knowledgeable and passed on her knowledge in a very friendly informal way ( ably supported by her husband ! ). Thank you for a super experience.

Review by Mrs Mary Groom who travelled 10-August-2016


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Overall, a very enjoyable experience. The hotel was satisfactory, but we were unimpressed by the TV in our room, which had very poor transmission quality. and felt the food in the restaurant lacked a bit of sparkle, since the desserts on the 2nd night were almost identical to those on the 1st night! Otherwise, fine.

Review by Miss Brenda McCraith who travelled 23-April-2014


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Review by Dr David Bowden who travelled 23-April-2014


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Hotel room satisfactory but food disappointing

Review by Mr T Hoskins who travelled 23-April-2014

Travel Editions feedback:

Thank you fro your comments and quality of food is an issue we are constantly taking up with UK hotels.


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