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Arts and Crafts houses to visit

The south front of Stoneywell, Leicestershire.
The south front of Stoneywell, Leicestershire. | © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

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

Coleton Fishacre, Devon
Coleton Fishacre is a stone house full of character, designed by architect Oswald Milne and built for the D’Oyly Carte family. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, the house features natural materials and high standards of craftsmanship. Inside, the rooms radiate 1920s ‘Jazz Age’ elegance.Visit Coleton Fishacre
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.Explore Cragside
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. Conservation work inside has uncovered colourful decorative schemes by Morris and his friends.Arts and Crafts at Red House
Standen, West Sussex
The last of the architect Philip Webb’s Arts and Crafts 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.Discover more at Standen
Stoneywell, Leicestershire
Stoneywell was built in 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.Explore Stoneywell
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