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Artist Space at Stoneacre

Artist hard at work
Artist hard at work | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Find out more below how you can be part of bringing Arts and Crafts back to life at Stoneacre.

A truly unique experience

To continue the rich Arts and Crafts legacy at Stoneacre, we are inviting artists to use our Library as their workspace and to be inspired by the grand surroundings just as author and artist Aymer Vallance was in the 20th century.

There is no cost to work in the Library. Interacting with visitors is an integral part of bringing artists back to Stoneacre and is encouraged during open hours.

An inspiring place

The dining room at Stoneacre
The dining room at Stoneacre | © National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

Grand impressions

This charming dining room is one of the first spaces visitors enter at Stoneacre.

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About Stoneacre

Stoneacre is a 15th century Yeoman’s house which was restored in the 1920s by Aymer Vallance.

As a follower of the Arts and Crafts movement, the restoration followed traditional building techniques and used period materials, which involved relocating architectural pieces from other nearby manor houses.

These beautiful rooms sit in a glorious garden, orchard and meadow.

The Arts and Crafts movement

Aymer Vallance wrote a few biographies of his contemporary and friend, William Morris. The Art of William Morris and William Morris, his Art, his Writings and his Public Life were published in 1897, a year after Morris died. Morris had apparently agreed to the works, on the condition they were published after he'd passed.

Morris was a leading light in the Arts and Crafts movement, a response to the industrialisation of the late 1800s and a return to traditional craftsmanship, something evident in the care with which Vallance restored Stoneacre.

The Library at Stoneacre
The Library at Stoneacre | © National Trust Images/Caroline Penn

The Library as a workspace

The Library is a spacious room with large south-facing windows, benefitting from full natural daylight all day. We can accomodate most mediums here with the opportunity to host larger-scale projects.


Stoneacre is open on most weekends between April and October each year.

The Library is available to book between 10am and 5pm on our open days. Artists will have the space to themselves between 10am and 11am before the house opens to the public.


Stoneacre has electricity, heating and available toilets.

Onsite parking is available in the car park field on the right as you come down the driveway. Upon request, arists can drop off and pick up supplies outside of the property entrance.

Please note that while there is no Wifi, artists may find the lack of distractions perfect for their work.

How to book

If you are an artist interested in booking the Library as a workspace, we would love to hear from you at

Close view of the house at Stoneacre from the meadow, among lush greenery

Things to see and do at Stoneacre 

Step back in time and explore Stoneacre, a beautifully restored medieval yeoman's house, as well as its attractive garden and country walks in the surrounding area

Title page of Ellen Terry Book of Merry Joys by the 2 little devils Pixie & Puck Authors of the Peggy Picture Book by Pamela Coleman Smith

Pamela Coleman Smith at Smallhythe Place 

Discover the work displayed at Smallhythe Place by Pamela Coleman Smith, illustrator, designer and close friend to Ellen Terry.