Our Arts and Crafts houses and gardens

The Arts and Crafts Movement was a reaction to the excesses of Victorian industrialisation. It grew from a desire to revive traditional craftsmanship and restore simplicity and honesty to how buildings and furnishings were made. It also influenced garden design.

We care for a number of Arts and Crafts houses and gardens across England designed by the leading lights of the movement. Many of the houses feature interiors by the textile designer William Morris.

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside sites are open. In England our shops are open, along with outdoor seating at cafés. In Wales some shops are open, and cafés are offering a takeaway service. Houses and other indoor areas are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority. We strongly advise booking your visits in advance, especially over the Easter holidays when places may be very busy. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance on travel.

The Library at Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre, Devon 

Coleton Fishacre is a characterful stone house built for the D’Oyly Carte family to the design of the architect Oswald Milne. It’s inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement with its beliefs in natural materials and high standards of craftsmanship. Inside, the rooms radiate 1920s ‘Jazz Age’ elegance.

Owl Suite at Cragside

Cragside, Northumberland 

Designed by the architect Norman Shaw, Cragside has homely yet impressive interiors that include stained glass windows by William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Philip Webb and Ford Madox Brown. The bedrooms are decorated in some of the earliest Morris wallpaper designs such as the ‘Daisy’ print.

Red brick arts and crafts house and part of the formal garden

Goddards, North Yorkshire 

The family home of Noel Goddard Terry, owner of the famous chocolate-making firm, Goddards was designed by architect Walter Brierley in the Arts and Crafts style. The four acre gardens were designed by George Dillistone to complement the house. View the original architectural drawings or follow the Art of Design trail to see details such as William Morris wallpaper and the hand-carved stairs.

View towards the house from The Old Garden at Hidcote, Gloucestershire, in June

Hidcote, Gloucestershire 

One of the most famous Arts and Crafts gardens, Hidcote was designed from 1907 onwards by the American horticulturalist Major Lawrence Johnston. Designed as collection of outdoor ‘rooms’ separated by walls and hedges, each area of the garden is different in character and style.

Lytes Cary Manor house and Apostle Garden

Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset 

An intimate medieval manor house, Lytes Cary was restored in the early 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner. The garden was redesigned in the Arts and Crafts style with mostly rectangular garden ‘rooms’ containing a magical collection of topiary and borders.

The north facing entrance to Red House

Red House, London 

The home of William Morris, Red House was the Arts and Crafts architect Philip Webb’s first independent commission. Its original features include fixed furniture designed by Morris and Webb. Recent conservation work has uncovered colourful decorative schemes by Morris and his friends.

The house at Standen, West Sussex

Standen, West Sussex 

The last of the Arts and Crafts architect Philip Webb’s country houses to survive, Standen was built for the Beale family in the 1890s. It is filled with William Morris wallpapers, Arts and Crafts furniture and ceramics by William De Morgan. The hillside gardens are being restored to the Arts and Crafts-inspired design developed by Mrs Beale.

Stoneywell Cottage sits beyond the rowan tree in the garden

Stoneywell, Leicestershire 

Stoneywell was built at the turn of the 19th century by the Arts and Crafts architect Ernest Gimson for his elder brother Sydney. Built from local stone, Stoneywell is filled with many pieces of original Arts and Crafts furniture made especially for it by Gimson and well-known designers of the period including the Barnsley brothers.