Morris to Mackintosh

September 2-11 2021

10 days | Max 26 guests

Morris to Mackintosh

British Arts and Crafts

Thursday, Sep 2, 2021

Depart the USA for your overnight flight to London.

Friday, Sep 3, 2021

Individual arrival into London. Check in to your boutique hotel, ideally located in South Kensington. Meet your Frank Lloyd Wright hosts and fellow travelers and stroll to the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum, with its interiors and collections by William Morris and his contemporaries. Our visit also includes the Morris-designed Green Dining Room. In the evening, get to know your fellow travelers during cocktails and dinner.
The Pelham Hotel | Dinner

Red House

Saturday, Sep 4, 2021

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the iconic Red House, William Morris’s first Arts & Crafts home. After lunch at the in-house cafe, continue by bus to the William Morris Gallery. Next, enjoy a tour of the magnificent Aesthetic movement home and studio of painter Frederic Leighton. Return to the hotel for some time to rest before venturing to the Holy Trinity Church to see its magnificent Arts and Crafts stained glass windows.
The Pelham Hotel | Breakfast, Lunch

Sunday, Sep 5, 2021

Today, we bid farewell to bustling London. Crowds, concrete and traffic soon give way to the rolling, verdant hills of the famed English countryside. Our destination is the idyllic Cotswolds region and the storybook-perfect town of Chipping Campden, where the Arts & Crafts movement flourished at the start of the 20th century. After lunch, check into your centrally located, historic and recently renovated hotel. Then, join a local historian for a walking tour that includes the Court Barn Museum, and Hart Silversmiths, the last operating business of the Guild of Handicraft which C. R. Ashbee established in 1888. Your evening is at leisure to explore the small town’s shopping and dining options along 17th-century High Street.
Cotswolds House | Breakfast, Lunch

Monday, Sep 6, 2021

After breakfast, set off to explore several important Arts & Crafts era homes: Rodmarton Manor for a private lunch and tour with the owner; and Hidcote Manor. There will be ample time to explore Hidcote’s famous gardens—known as the best example of the Arts and Crafts style in the UK—on your own. Then, visit Broadway Tower, followed by an optional hike through the pastoral English countryside to the historic town of Broadway. Return to Chipping Campden for an evening at leisure.
Cotswolds House | Breakfast, Lunch

Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021

Depart after breakfast for a private before-hours tour of Wightwick Manor, one of Britain’s most intact homes built and furnished under the influence of the Arts & Crafts movement. You will have time to have lunch on your own, visit the gallery, or explore the gardens. Then, drive through bucolic scenery to the storied Lake District and on to Windermere, one of the region’s most charming towns. Check into our secluded retreat, set on seven acres near the shores of Lake Windemere. In the evening, gather for pre-dinner drinks in the lobby and enjoy dinner at its excellent restaurant.
Briery Wood Country House Hotel | Breakfast, Dinner

Blackwell House

Wednesday, Sep 8, 2021

After breakfast, set off for a full day excursion, starting with visits to M. H. Baillie Scott’s Blackwell House and nearby Broad Leys, designed by C. F. A. Voysey. Next, board a Victorian-era steam engine boat across Lake Coniston to Brantwood, the home of influential Victorian critic and writer, John Ruskin. After lunch at the café, you will have time to wander the estate and its many splendid gardens. Your evening is at leisure.
Briery Wood Country House Hotel| Breakfast, Lunch

Thursday, Sep 9, 2021

After breakfast, journey over the English/Scottish border to Glasgow, birthplace of architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. On the way, enjoy a tour and lunch at 14th century Naworth Castle with the owner. Continue to Glasgow and the Hunterian Art Gallery for an introductory talk by senior curator Anne Dulau. Then, visit the adjacent Mackintosh House and Gallery. Check into your centrally located hotel. Your evening is free to enjoy as you wish in vibrant central Glasgow.
Hotel Dakota Glasgow | Breakfast, Lunch

Hill House

Friday, Sep 10, 2021

In the morning, visit Mackintosh’s finest residential commission, Hill House, which is currently under restoration. After returning to Glasgow, stop at the Scotland Street School before enjoying a cream tea lunch at the iconic Willow Tea Rooms. In the afternoon, visit the Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross. Return to the hotel to freshen up before tonight’s gala Farewell Dinner at the Mackintosh-designed House for an Art Lover.
Hotel Dakota Glasgow | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday, Sep 11, 2021

The journey ends after breakfast. Transfers to the airport can be arranged upon request.

Daily Itinerary subject to change.

Registration Details

Journey Includes

10 Days

Eight nights accommodation in luxury four- and five-star hotels

17 Meals

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 3 dinners

15+ Tours

  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • William Morris Gallery
  • Leighton Home and Studio
  • Red House
  • Court Barn Museum
  • Broadway Tower
  • Rodmarton Manor
  • Hidcote Manor
  • Wightwick Manor
  • M. H. Baillie Scott’s Blackwell House
  • Broad Leys
  • 14th century Naworth Castle
  • Hunterian Art Gallery
  • Mackintosh House and Gallery
  • Hill House


  • Transportation by luxury motorcoach and
  • Porterage of one bag per person
  • All guides, lectures, entrance fees
  • All taxes for goods and services
  • All gratuities

In Your Own Words

This was a special way to see the major William Morris sites and the Rennie Mackintosh sites with an expert leader. It was well organized in every aspect with very nice hotels, comfortable buses, excellent meals and delightful fellow travelers. I recommend the trip highly.

Morris to Mackintosh: British Arts and Crafts | June 2017

I would recommend this program to others. It was not only having the ability to access buildings that are not normally accessible but not having to rent a car to get to the sites and worry about navigating and finding places to stay and eat. The staff could be relied upon to accommodate us as much as possible.

Morris to Mackintosh: British Arts and Crafts | June 2017

This was our first ever group tour. It was far better than we imagined. All three leaders went well beyond our expectations. Each stop showed us something interesting related to the Arts & Crafts theme.

Morris to Mackintosh: British Arts and Crafts | June 2017

Normally we don’t go on tours but these are a wonderful exception: excellent programs, congenial groups. So glad Risa has returned. We’ll be back!

Morris to Mackintosh: British Arts and Crafts | September 2013

Yes, I would travel with you again because this, like other trips have been excellent, even more than I expected. The sites picked were excellent for showing the Arts & Craft Movement, and the local experts made it extra special, something you would not have experiences if you traveled on your own to these sites. I felt our three guides for the trip did an excellent job to make things run smoothly. This is what I call a “special interest” tour and it achieved its purpose to the fullest. I will look forward to future tours with the Trust.

Morris to Mackintosh: British Arts and Crafts | April 2021


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