10 Great Arts and Crafts Hotels and Homes in the UK

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Owlpen Manor, Gloucestershire

With medieval origins and built largely in the Tudor period, Owlpen Manor is deeply revered in the arts and crafts community. In the 1920s architect Norman Jewson bought it and restored it, along with Ernest Gimson, a key figure in the crafts, furniture maker and architect, using traditional methods and craftsmen trained by Morris. Still privately owned, Owlpen has a collection of nine self-catering cottages, all dog-friendly, and a property to explore, with miles of glorious woodland walks nearby. The house – still with its original furnishings – is also open to groups.
Three nights from £312; owlpen.com

Broad Leys, Cumbria

Broad Leys, Cumbria

Broad Leys, Cumbria

A masterpiece by Charles Voysey, one of the most popular architects of the Arts and Crafts movement, Broad Leys was originally created for the family of a Wakefield magnate and is now home to the Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club. During the weekdays (and the occasional weekend) however, anyone can stay at this manor house with its elegant, curved bay windows and panoramic views across Windermere. The Lake District has some of Britain’s most famous Arts and Crafts architecture. Blackwell, one of the masterpieces of British craftsmanship and designed by Baillie Scott, is a 20 minute walk but there is much to explore.
Doubles from £135 including breakfast and temporary club membership; wmbrc.co.uk

Roman Camp Hotel, Stirlingshire

Roman Camp Hotel, Stirlingshire

Roman Camp Hotel, Stirlingshire

Infused with romance by young architect Gerald Dunnage in the late 1890s, this mix of buildings and turrets is a fairytale gem of craftsmanship. There are beautiful gardens leading down to the River Teith, a historic chapel and a pretty stone and timbered garden room. This tranquil retreat from the modern world now has two restaurants, one with three rosettes and the other in the signature Arts and Crafts style, created from the house’s original flower shed.
B&B doubles from £140; romancamphotel.co.uk

Standen House, West Sussex

In 1891 Philip Webb was asked to build a house for a wealthy family in Birmingham. The result embodied the Arts and Crafts ethos, from a love of history to the integrity of the simple design and the importance of the setting. Now owned by the National Trust, with William Morris furniture and wallpaper alongside newfangled electric lamps, the Morris Apartment sleeps four and continues the atmosphere of Standen with its furniture, stained glass windows and a sense of careful informality rather than grandeur.
From £536 for two nights; nationaltrust.org.uk

Beach House, Hampshire

Beach House, Hampshire

Beach House, Hampshire

Built in 1897 by Arnold Mitchell, this Grade I listed building near Lymington has 14 bedrooms, lots of sunny coastal charm and views of the Isle of Wight. An idyllic spot just a stone’s throw from the beach, with its forest-inspired Oscar Paterson stained glass windows and William De Morgan-tiled fireplaces, it’s a year-round draw for arts and crafts fans.
Doubles from £180, room only; beachhousemilfordonsea.co.uk

Winsford Cottage Hospital, Devon

Another masterpiece by Charles Voysey, who designed everything in this former hospital, from the verandas where patients could sit in the sun, to the heart and tree motifs on the windows and doors. Hallmarked in white and green, the building has a graceful simplicity and is now owned by the Landmark Trust who have converted it to sleep up to six people.
Four nights from £734; Landmarktrust.org.uk

Llangoed Hall, Brecon Beacons

Llangoed Hall, Brecon Beacons

Llangoed Hall, Brecon Beacons

Clough Williams-Ellis not only created Portmeirion but also rebuilt this manor house near Hay-on-Wye in 1912, combining its Jacobean remains with arts and crafts galleries and staircases. In the 1980s, Bernard, husband of designer Laura Ashley, saved it. It is now privately owned and has an important art collection, as well as 23 rooms and a renowned restaurant.
Rooms with dinner and B&B from £360; www.llangoedhall.co.uk

Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

Largely created in 1871 by Norman Shaw for a local arms manufacturer, this manor house displays British craftsmanship at its finest with its paneling, plasterwork, stone carvings and stained glass. a glorious historical mashup. Now a hotel in Newcastle’s most elegant residential area, it is surrounded by large gardens, as are all the important arts and crafts houses.
B&B doubles from £125; jesmonddenehouse.co.uk

Russells of Broadway, Worcestershire

Russells of Broadway, Worcestershire

Russells of Broadway, Worcestershire

Broadway became the premier area for the manufacture of Arts and Crafts furniture in the Cotswolds in the first half of the 20th century when Gordon Russell established a design shop here. Its former showroom is now a restaurant with rooms, combining the bones of the 16th-century building with contemporary accents and original Russell furniture. It is close to some of the Cotswolds’ top attractions, including the home of William Morris at Kelmscott Manor and the Gordon Russell Museum on Broadway itself.
B&B doubles from £165; russellsofbroadway.co.uk

The Mackintosh Building, Perthshire

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s most renowned Arts and Crafts architect, was commissioned by a local textile and ironmonger to build this house in the Highland village of Comrie in 1904, a period during which he did some of his best work. The turreted whitewashed apartment was taken over by the Landmark Trust in the 1980s. Still with most of Mackintosh’s design details intact, it sleeps four and is furnished with furniture by early 20th century British designers including Heal’s and Baillie Scott.
Three nights from £431; Landmarktrust.org.uk.

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