Kelmscott is near Lechlade, Gloucestershire
Kelmscott, nr Lechlade
Visiting Kelmscott Manor is an atmospheric experience. Leave your car in the village, on one of the few days of the week when the Manor is open (Wednesday or Saturday) to walk to William Morris’s home. You’ll pass cottages, barns and meadows, and experience some ‘old’ Cotswolds.
Kelmscott Manor itself dates from 1600, originally a farmhouse building. William Morris saw it for the first time in 1871 and fell in love with it. Morris rented the house with his friend Dante Gabriel Rosetti who had an affair with Morris’s wife Jane.
A visit today includes gardens, barns, dovecot and a stream which runs parallel to the nearby River Thames. Tea Room and shop as well, of course, although these are done quite well. Most important is the opportunity to follow a route through the Manor and see examples of Morris’s work including textiles, ceramics and book decorations. You’ll also see domestic items such as Jane’s needlework and furniture chosen by Rosetti.
The garden is always well planted and kept and Kelscott Manor is a peaceful and beautiful place with a remarkable story. You can also visit Morris’s rather austere grave in St George’s Church in the village. Pub nearby.
Cotswolds Finest Hotels Nearby
The Swan at Bibury hotel (which Morris called the most beautiful village in England), Barnsley House and Village Pub are best placed.